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Posted on 2014-03-11
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See attached.

For the sake of the example.

Assume that I sell car parts.

Column A is the part number.
Column B is supposed to be a serial number - but there was no validation on this field and there is all sorts of funny values.

I want to extract potential VALID serial numbers data from column B and put it into column C.

See example in sheet.

A serial number is deemed to be valid if there are 4 (or more) numeric digits in a row.

E.g.
123456CATS is valid - ie. 123456
123CATS1234 is NOT valid
19090CATS123 is valid - i.e. 19090

It may be easier to follow in the attached sheet.

Objective: Populate column C with valid serial number that are found in column B.
SerialNumbersPuzzle.xlsm
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Question by:Patrick O'Dea
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aikimark earned 500 total points
ID: 39921333
Add this function to your project:
Option Explicit

Public Function GetPartNum(parmSN)
    Static oRE As Object
    Static oMatches As Object
    If oRE Is Nothing Then
        Set oRE = CreateObject("vbscript.regexp")
        oRE.Global = True
        oRE.Pattern = "(\d{4,9})"
    End If
    If oRE.test(parmSN) Then
        Set oMatches = oRE.Execute(parmSN)
        GetPartNum = oMatches(0).submatches(0)
    Else
        GetPartNum = vbNullString
    End If
End Function

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Then add a formula that invokes the function into the cells you want populated with the part number.
Example:
=getpartnum(B2)

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by:Rob Henson
ID: 39921388
Why wouldn't example 2 123CATS1234 be valid? It has 4 digits in a row.

Or does the 4 digits have to be at the beginning?

If just the first 4 characters have to be a number then you can use the ISNUMBER function.

Assuming serial number in A2:

=ISNUMBER(LEFT(A2,4)*1)

The *1 forces excel to recognise the result as a number rather than a string of text that happens to look like a number.

You can then wrap that within an IF statement to get Valid / Invalid:

=IF(ISNUMBER(LEFT(A2,4)*1),"Valid","Invalid")

Thanks
Rob H
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by:Patrick O'Dea
ID: 39921843
Thanks for comments.

Rob H , you spotted an error in my sheet.  The digits do NOT have to be at t he beginning.  They can be anywhere.

I will evaluate aikimark's suggestion now.
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by:Patrick O'Dea
ID: 39921873
aikimark,

I have done as you suggest but get #NAME?


See attached.

Cell D2

(I am obviously missing something ... the function does not seem to be recognised)??
SerialNumbersPuzzle.xlsm
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Author Closing Comment

by:Patrick O'Dea
ID: 39922072
Thanks !

Works very well.
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