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

Posted on 2015-01-23
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I have a column of names with corresponding id numbers - I need to extract only the numbers from this column..

example

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?
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Question by:klitton7
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Phillip Burton earned 500 total points
=VALUE(MID(A1,FIND("(",A1)+1,FIND(")",A1)-FIND("(",A1)-1))
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Assuming it is in A1.
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Author Comment

Perfect!  Thanks Phillip
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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.

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

=SUM(MID(0&A1,LARGE(ISNUMBER(--MID(A1,ROW(INDIRECT("1:"&LEN(A1))),1))*ROW(INDIRECT("1:"&LEN(A1))),ROW(INDIRECT("1:"&LEN(A1))))+1,1)*10^ROW(INDIRECT("1:"&LEN(A1)))/10)

press with Control Shift Enter
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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!
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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:

=TRIM(LEFT(B2,FIND("(",B2,1)))

Thanks,
Rob H
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