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# Pull phone numbers out of cell

Posted on 2014-07-25
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I have a column of data that has memo's in them. Short paragraphs are in each cell.

I would like to try to pull out any phone number listed in the memo in the next column. The phone numbers can be of any format ie: xxx.xxx.xxxx or (xxx) xxx-xxxx or xxxxxxxxxx.

If easier, I can write something for each format. For example pull out any phone number in the format (XXX) XXX-XXXX. Then another for any in the format XXX.XXX.XXXX. Then another for XXX-XXX-XXXX. Then one for XXX-XXX-XXXX.

Any way to make that happen? This could save me HOURS of time!
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Question by:cansevin
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Will those be the only numbers in that string? If so you can try this:
``````=SUM(MID(0&A1,LARGE(ISNUMBER(--MID(A1,ROW(INDIRECT("1:"&LEN(A1))),1))*ROW(INDIRECT("1:"&LEN(A1))),ROW(INDIRECT("1:"&LEN(A1))))+1,1)*10^ROW(INDIRECT("1:"&LEN(A1)))/10)
``````
This is an array formula so after you paste it, hit ctrl+shift+enter. Change "A1" to your target cell.
Flyster
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^^^ That is one amazing function, Flyster.  The only possible issue is if other numbers exist, but I bet this will work for the questioner in almost all cases.
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@Glenn Ray. Thanks, but I really can't take credit for it. I came across it several years ago when I was looking to strip the numeric from a string. I only wish I would have documented where I got it from! You are correct. It will list all the numbers in that string.
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