• Status: Solved
  • Priority: Medium
  • Security: Public
  • Views: 185
  • Last Modified:

Finding and replacing variable text using a formula

I have created a function to search for specific characters. in a text string:
Public Function SearchCell(TargetCell As Range, SearchString As String)

SearchCell = InStr(1, LCase(TargetCell), LCase(SearchString))

End Function

Open in new window


I have used this function in a nested "IF" formula.  However, the formula has ended up quite cumbersome.  There are 5 nested "IFs" for 5 possible scenarios.

The attached workbook contains a table of the different expected scenarios, with the desired outcome and the formula used to achieve this.

My questions:

1.  Is there a less cumbersome way of doing this? I have used a formula, rather than a VBA loop, because I have found it to be faster, in previous experience.
2. Does excel have an inbuilt way of finding different text
3. I tried using the Excel "Find & Replace" functions, but could not manipulate them to deal with so many different scenarios.

i hope that my explanation is clear.
Thanks very much.
David
Public-Function-SearchCell.xlsm
0
David Phelops
Asked:
David Phelops
  • 2
1 Solution
 
Phillip BurtonDirector, Practice Manager and Computing ConsultantCommented:
Would this be any better for you?

=SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(B4,"AM + escort",""),"PM + escort",""),"AM",""),"PM","")," + escort","")

Open in new window

0
 
Rgonzo1971Commented:
Hi,

In which case would this formula be not valid

=LEFT(B9,5)

Regards
0
 
David PhelopsAuthor Commented:
Thanks Rgonzo - in the example I submitted, it would be valid in all cases.  However, your question has highlighted the weakness in my submission....

The id code RW019 is only one of hundreds of diffreent identifiers, of different lengths and structure.
0
 
David PhelopsAuthor Commented:
Thanks - I did not know how to nest "Substitute"... Still, it gave me the opportunity to create a new (if redundant) function!
0

Featured Post

Free Tool: IP Lookup

Get more info about an IP address or domain name, such as organization, abuse contacts and geolocation.

One of a set of tools we are providing to everyone as a way of saying thank you for being a part of the community.

  • 2
Tackle projects and never again get stuck behind a technical roadblock.
Join Now