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# Parse everything after the comma

Posted on 2014-04-19
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I have values in a column that I need to parse out the values that are after each comma in the string.  Leaving the original column intact.
1234-1234,AO-16,AO-19,HJ-39,TH-20
1234-1234,AO-16,AO-19,HJ-39
1234-1234,AO-16,AO-19
1234-1234,AO-16

In the result location, which I would like in the column just to its right have the hyphen replaced with an underscore.
It does not matter if it is in a formula, or vba, but perfer a vba solution. Thanks.

Resulting columns would look something like:
1234-1234,AO-16,AO-19,HJ-39,TH-20     AO_16     AO_19     HJ_39     TH_20
1234-1234,AO-16,AO-19,HJ-39               AO_16     AO_19     HJ_39
1234-1234,AO-16,AO-19                        AO_16     AO_19
1234-1234,AO-16                                   AO_16
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Question by:RWayneH
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Dan Craciun earned 1000 total points
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See the attached file, using Patrick Matthews's RegExpFind function.

HTH,
Dan
test.xlsm
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ID: 40010321
Why not simply make a copy of the first column in the second column and then perform a text-to-column on the new column?
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Here is a macro to do this

Sub Macro1()
Range("A:A").Copy Range("B:B")
Range("B:B").TextToColumns Destination:=Range("B1"), DataType:=xlDelimited, _
TextQualifier:=xlDoubleQuote, ConsecutiveDelimiter:=False, Tab:=True, _
Semicolon:=False, Comma:=True, Space:=False, Other:=False, FieldInfo _
:=Array(Array(1, 9), Array(2, 1), Array(3, 1), Array(4, 1), Array(5, 1)), _
TrailingMinusNumbers:=True
End Sub
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@Saqib Husain, Syed: because you need a SUBSTITUTE after the TTC: you need to change "-" to "_"
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Saqib Husain, Syed earned 1000 total points
ID: 40010354
Sorry, I missed that part but that still does not justify the use of regex

Here is an updated macro.

Sub Macro1()
Range("A:A").Copy Range("B:B")
Range("B:B").Replace what:="-", replacement:="_"
Range("B:B").TextToColumns Destination:=Range("B1"), DataType:=xlDelimited, _
TextQualifier:=xlDoubleQuote, ConsecutiveDelimiter:=False, Tab:=True, _
Semicolon:=False, Comma:=True, Space:=False, Other:=False, FieldInfo _
:=Array(Array(1, 9), Array(2, 1), Array(3, 1), Array(4, 1), Array(5, 1)), _
TrailingMinusNumbers:=True
End Sub
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ID: 40010367
No, it does not. But I like regular expressions and still think it's cleaner and more readable.

=SUBSTITUTE(RegExpFind(\$A1,"\w*-\w*",2),"-", "_")
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ID: 40016490
Thanks for the help.
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