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Finding and replacing variable text using a formula

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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

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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
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Question by:David Phelops
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Phillip Burton earned 500 total points
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Would this be any better for you?

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

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by:Rgonzo1971
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Hi,

In which case would this formula be not valid

=LEFT(B9,5)

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by:David Phelops
ID: 40408318
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.
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by:David Phelops
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Thanks - I did not know how to nest "Substitute"... Still, it gave me the opportunity to create a new (if redundant) function!
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