Solved

Revising TRIM formula to also remove file extension

Posted on 2014-03-17
4
1,041 Views
Last Modified: 2014-03-19
I am currently using the following formula to extract the filename from a file path:

Filepath:
C:\Program Files\xxxx\zzzz\tttt\iiiiiiii\ooooo\wwwwww\YYBG-POP-7E.ai

Formula:
=TRIM(RIGHT(SUBSTITUTE(A2,"\",REPT(" ",LEN(A2))),LEN(A2)))

Results:
YYBG-POP-7E.ai
YOBP-QRT-4G.doc

I would like to revise the formula so it also removes the file extensions, which are either 2 or 3 character extensions, so that the results would be:

YYBG-POP-7E
YOBP-QRT-4G

Thanks!
Andrea
0
Comment
Question by:Andreamary
  • 2
  • 2
4 Comments
 
LVL 50

Expert Comment

by:barry houdini
ID: 39935283
Try this version

=TRIM(RIGHT(SUBSTITUTE(LEFT(A2,FIND(".",A2)-1),"\",REPT(" ",LEN(A2))),LEN(A2)))

regards, barry
0
 

Author Comment

by:Andreamary
ID: 39938203
Hi Barry,

It does the trick! The only tweak, if possible, is to hide the #VALUE if the cell in Column A is blank. Is that feasible?

Thanks,
Andrea
0
 
LVL 50

Accepted Solution

by:
barry houdini earned 500 total points
ID: 39938433
Assuming you are using Excel 2007 or later you can just wrap the formula in IFERROR like this:

=IFERROR(TRIM(RIGHT(SUBSTITUTE(LEFT(A2,FIND(".",A2)-1),"\",REPT(" ",LEN(A2))),LEN(A2))),"")

that will return a blank instead of an error.

In earlier versions you could use a simple IF like

=IF(A2="","",TRIM(RIGHT(SUBSTITUTE(LEFT(A2,FIND(".",A2)-1),"\",REPT(" ",LEN(A2))),LEN(A2))))

That specifically returns a blank if A2 is blank

regards, barry
0
 

Author Closing Comment

by:Andreamary
ID: 39940500
Perfect! I'm using Excel 2010, so the Excel 2007 version did the trick. Thanks so much...
0

Featured Post

Problems using Powershell and Active Directory?

Managing Active Directory does not always have to be complicated.  If you are spending more time trying instead of doing, then it's time to look at something else. For nearly 20 years, AD admins around the world have used one tool for day-to-day AD management: Hyena. Discover why

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

A high-level exploration of how our ever-increasing access to information has changed the way we do our jobs.
Freeze panes is an option within all variants of Excel to enable parts of a sheet to remain stationary when the cursor is in another part of the sheet. This is a very useful feature which is overlooked or under used.
Graphs within dashboards are meant to be dynamic, representing data from a period of time that will change each time the dashboard is updated with new data. Rather than update each graph to point to a different set within a static set of data, t…
This Micro Tutorial will demonstrate how to create pivot charts out of a data set. I also added a drop-down menu which allows to choose from different categories in the data set and the chart will automatically update.

777 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question