I need an excel formula or macro for extracting one string of numbers that resides between parenthesis

I have a column of names with corresponding id numbers - I need to extract only the numbers from this column..  


Smith, Jane (2342)
Litton, Keely (9890)
Huffman, Rosemary (98999)
Easterling, William (1234557)

Data is in column B and I want them to appear on the same worksheet in column A, right next to the name, on the same row).
What formula should I use, or is there a macro for stripping these  numbers out in one easy step?
Who is Participating?
Phillip BurtonDirector, Practice Manager and Computing ConsultantCommented:
Phillip BurtonDirector, Practice Manager and Computing ConsultantCommented:
Assuming it is in A1.
klitton7Author Commented:
Perfect!  Thanks Phillip
Free Tool: Subnet Calculator

The subnet calculator helps you design networks by taking an IP address and network mask and returning information such as network, broadcast address, and host range.

One of a set of tools we're offering as a way of saying thank you for being a part of the community.

Rob HensonFinance AnalystCommented:
You could also use the Text to Column function to split the values across two columns.

The result will still have the closing bracket after the number but a Find and Replace can soon get rid of those. The result will also then be a text value but I guess as its a Personnel ID you wouldn't need to be doing any mathematical functions on it. If then used in subsequent lookups and such like, the lookup function will have to allow for the ID being text.

Rob H
here is another version, in case if sometimes your numbers are not within parenthesis


press with Control Shift Enter
klitton7Author Commented:
Rob - thanks for your comment.  I had been using that process, but found it too cumbersome.

Also Thanks also to Professorlimlam...  in this particular instance, the numbers are always inside parenthesis, but I will hold on to this formula for future reference.  

Many thanks!
Rob HensonFinance AnalystCommented:
Using just the one formula above will only split the numbers into a separate cell; result being name with number in one cell and just number in adjacent cell.

If you want to split the values into two, ie name in one cell and number in another, you will need an additional formula for that. The results can then be copied and pasted as values.

To split out just the name:


Rob H
Question has a verified solution.

Are you are experiencing a similar issue? Get a personalized answer when you ask a related question.

Have a better answer? Share it in a comment.

All Courses

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.