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Sorting numeric text as numbers in Excel

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I have a column of real estate case identifiers in a spreadsheet.  The format of the case id's can differ, but they all mix numeric and alpha characters.  A sample column of id's might look like the following:

12-3
12-4
12-34
12-5
12-45
2013CA235
12-672CO

As a first step, I want to eliminate the alpha characters from each id and then sort the list as numbers.  Any ideas?
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Question by:jeff20850
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by:tel2
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Hi Jeff,

When you say "...eliminate the alpha characters...", do you mean "...eliminate the non-numeric characters..."?  Alpha (alphabetics) are just letters (a-z & A-Z), but I see you have '-'s also.

Also, what version of Excel are you using?

tel7
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aikimark earned 2000 total points
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This function will do a text to number conversion.
Public Function Text2Num(ByVal parmText As String)
    Static oRE As Object
    Static strTemp As String
    If oRE Is Nothing Then
        Set oRE = CreateObject("vbscript.regexp")
        oRE.Global = True
        oRE.Pattern = "\D"
    End If
    strTemp = parmText
    If oRE.test(strTemp) Then
        strTemp = oRE.Replace(strTemp, "")
    End If
    Text2Num = strTemp
End Function

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Put it in a module in your VB project.  Then you can invoke the function as you would any other function.
Example:
=text2num(A1)

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Your sample data is in column A and the function result in column B.
12-3        	123
12-4        	124
12-34      	1234
12-5        	125
12-45      	1245
2013CA235	2013235
12-672CO	12672

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by:ProfessorJimJam
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do it with no UDF just with array formulas

extract numeric from alphanumerics and then sort with formula.

see attached file. very useful array formulas
C--Users-Jamil-Desktop-Book1.xlsx
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by:jeff20850
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Answered my question exactly. This function is really the first step in my overall question, so I'll correcpond with the replier to ask some follow-up questions.
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by:aikimark
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post a new question, including a link to this thread and then post a comment in this thread that lets us know the URL of the new related question
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