Need VBA code to auto format phone numbers by removing all periods, spaces and dashes and then formatting it

Posted on 2014-10-28
Last Modified: 2014-10-28
When I copy one of the below phone numbers into cell B7 on sheet1, I need it to resolve to (555) 555-5555

555 555 5555
Question by:kbay808
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by:Glenn Ray
ID: 40408958
This EE question has two viable solutions for you.  zorvek (Kevin Jones) uses a subroutine that updates a highlighted selection; Patrick Matthews uses regular expressions in a user-defined function.

As a new user of regular expressions, I like Patrick's solution.  Here's the code without the comments included:
Function RegExpReplace(LookIn As String, PatternStr As String, Optional ReplaceWith As String = "", _
     Optional ReplaceAll As Boolean = True, Optional MatchCase As Boolean = True)
    Dim RegX As Object
    Set RegX = CreateObject("VBScript.RegExp")
     With RegX
         .Pattern = PatternStr
         .Global = ReplaceAll
         .IgnoreCase = Not MatchCase
     End With
    RegExpReplace = RegX.Replace(LookIn, ReplaceWith)
    Set RegX = Nothing     
End Function

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Nothing but the numbers


Author Comment

ID: 40408977
How do I run it for just cell B7 on sheet1?  Also, does this script go on sheet1 or on a separate module?
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by:Glenn Ray
ID: 40408994
This code goes in a regular VBA module.

You call it in Excel like a regular function.  Add this to an adjacent cell:

If you actually want a number:

If you want to update/replace the original phone numbers, set up a temporary column with this formula, copy and replace the results with values (Paste Special... Values) and then paste over the original column.

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Author Comment

ID: 40409178
I’m sorry, but I must not have been clear.  I need to be able to paste the phone number into cell B7 and have the result also be in cell B7.  That is why I’m looking for a vba solution.  Otherwise I would of used the substitution function.
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Accepted Solution

Glenn Ray earned 500 total points
ID: 40409401
If you want a VBA solution that isn't a UDF, then here is a subroutine also uses regular expressions to do this, but is specific to column B.
Option Explicit
Sub Fix_Phone_Nos()
    Dim rng As Range
    Dim cl As Object
    Dim RegX As Object
    Set RegX = CreateObject("VBScript.RegExp")
    With RegX
        .Pattern = "\D"
        .Global = True
        .IgnoreCase = True
    End With
    Set rng = Range("B2:B" & Cells.SpecialCells(xlLastCell).Row)
    For Each cl In rng
        cl.Value = RegX.Replace(cl.Value, "")
    Next cl
End Sub

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Author Closing Comment

ID: 40409771
Thank you very much

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