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# Extract number out of cell

I have a column of phone numbers that are all in different forms, such as:

(555) 123-4567
555-123-4567
555.123.4567
555 123 4567

An maybe even a few more random forms. None of them ever have a 1 in front of area code, they all have 10 numbers.

Ultimately I need to run a Remove Duplicates from this column. I was thinking of creating a column right next to it that has all the phone numbers as 1234567890... just 10 numbers. Then running the remove duplicates from that column.

How would I get it to 123456790? The phone numbers are in column G.

Thanks!
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cansevin
1 Solution

Commented:
a couple of quick and dirty methods:-

use find, replace multiple time until the 'extra' characters are gone

use Susbstitute function as follows:
=SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(A5,".",""),"(",""),")",""),"(","")," ",""),"(",""),")",""),"(","")

unfortunately that's the most levels of nesting allowed so you would need a further column to remove any other missing characters

A less clunky approach is to put the following code into a module and call it with
=numtext(g1) then copy down (assuming your phone numbers start in row 1)
this wont allow anything except numbers through

``````Function numTEXT(text) As String

Dim TextLen As Integer
Dim i As Integer
Dim n As String

TextLen = Len(text)
For i = 1 To TextLen

n = Mid(text, i, 1)
If Asc(n) > 57 Or Asc(n) < 48 Then n = ""

numTEXT = numTEXT & n

Next i
End Function
``````
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try this I had
``````=SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(A1,\$I\$1,""),\$J\$1,""),\$K\$1,""),\$L\$1,""),\$M\$1,""),\$N\$1,""),\$O\$1,""),\$P\$1,""),\$Q\$1,""),\$R\$1,"")," ","")
``````

in this you can put your desire character with you want to omits from numbers in range I1:R1.
SUBSTITUTE.xlsx
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in this attached file I had shifted formula to column H assuming your data is in column g
SUBSTITUTE.xlsx
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``````=SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(G1,\$J\$1,""),\$K\$1,""),\$L\$1,""),\$M\$1,""),\$N\$1,""),\$O\$1,""),\$P\$1,""),\$Q\$1,""),\$R\$1,""),\$S\$1,"")," ","")
``````
range J1:S1 you have to put which things you don't want in numbers.
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IT ConsultantCommented:
Here's another way:
``````H2: =SUMPRODUCT(MID(0&G2,LARGE(INDEX(ISNUMBER(--MID(G2,ROW(\$1:\$20),1))*ROW(\$1:\$20),0),ROW(\$1:\$20))+1,1)*10^ROW(\$1:\$20)/10)
``````

HTH,
Dan
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Commented:
1. In Excel, with your workbook open, press Alt+f11 this will take you to the VBa Editor.

2. With the "Insert" Tab choose "Module"

3. In the resulting window paste all of the following code

Function CleanCode(Rng As Range)
Dim strTemp As String
Dim n As Long
For n = 1 To Len(Rng)
Select Case Asc(Mid(UCase(Rng), n, 1))
Case 48 To 57
strTemp = strTemp & Mid(UCase(Rng), n, 1)
End Select
Next
CleanCode = strTemp
End Function

Assuming data is in A1, in Excel use:
=CleanCode(A1)
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Author Commented:
Thanks!
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