Excel 2010 - Adding Punctuation Around Values in Rows

Posted on 2014-01-23
Last Modified: 2014-01-23
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I am a novice  at Excel 2010 and am not sure if what I wish to do is possible.

I have 6541 rows with values only in column A.  The values are 4 long and have up to 3 preceeding 0's.  I would like to put ' in front and in back of the value('0002').  Then I would like to put all the values together in a string seperated by a comma('0002','0003','0004' etc).

Bascially I am going to use these values in a SQL query.

Question by:Jimbo99999
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Accepted Solution

Saqib Husain, Syed earned 250 total points
ID: 39803391
If your data starts in A2 then enter these formulas

B2:      =TEXT(A2,"'0000',")

C2:      =B2&C1

and copy them both all the way down.
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NBVC earned 250 total points
ID: 39803392
Perhaps with a UDF....

press ALT+F11 to go to VB editor, then Insert|Module.

Paste this in the Editor:

Function aconcat(a As Variant, Optional sep As String = "") As String
' Harlan Grove, Mar 2002
Dim y As Variant

If TypeOf a Is Range Then
For Each y In a.Cells
aconcat = aconcat & y.Value & sep
Next y
ElseIf IsArray(a) Then
For Each y In a
aconcat = aconcat & y & sep
Next y
aconcat = aconcat & a & sep
End If

aconcat = Left(aconcat, Len(aconcat) - Len(sep))
End Function

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Then in the sheet, use formula in an empty cell:


adjust range to suit.
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by:Saqib Husain, Syed
ID: 39803401
That was close!!!
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ID: 39803488
Yes, only 1 second :)
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by:Saqib Husain, Syed
ID: 39803569
Did you scratch you eyebrow before posting?
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Expert Comment

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I sneezed ;)

Expert Comment

by:Naresh Patel
ID: 39804520
this is ony suggestion i guess he needs this way assuming data start in column A from Cell A1 then formual in Cell B1

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                                Cell B2

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and just formula dropdown.

See Attached file.


Author Closing Comment

ID: 39804573
Thanks everyone.  The nedd/requirement was retracted from my assignment.  However, I have wondered how to do this type of "stuff" in the past.  So I will definitely put it in my knowledge base.


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