# Extract text only from alphanumeric cells in Excel column

I have a large table which lists all of the apps currently deployed via iTunes to our school iPads.

Bubbles 5.2
ABA Flash Cards & Games- Emotions 4.2
ABC Circus 2.0
Amazing Time 1.0
AR 1.4.1
Articulation 2.0
At The Dump 1.0
Aurasma 3.5.0
Autism and PDD ConceptsLite 1.4
Autism Apps 2.6
Autism iHelp 1.0.1
Autism iHelp 1.3.0
AwesomeEats 1.3.2307.2424

I would like to split the App name eg: Bubbles from the version eg: 5.2, preferably into columns B and C respectively.
Or, just move the version info to column B leaving the name in Column A

I can't use the normal Left or Right functions as there isn't a consistent number of digits in the version data.

Thanks

Martin
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Commented:
Hi,

pls try as array formula (Ctrl-Shif-Enter)

=LEFT(A1,MIN(IFERROR(FIND({1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,0},A1,1),""))-2)

Regards
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Teaching AssistantAuthor Commented:
Hi
Thanks for that, it was exactly what I was after.

I am trying to understand what you have done here, would you mind just briefly expanding on your formula for me please.

I get the left and lowest value but after that I am lost (sorry for my lack of knowledge)

Regards
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Commented:
HI,

FIND({1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,0},A1, 1)

normally you would use

FIND(1,A1, 1) is would give you the position of 1 in the string
by using  the array {1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,0}
I can have the position of the first occurence of each figure
IFERROR is there to replace the error that comes if does not find one of the figure with a "" which doesn't interfere with the Min Function
with MIN I find the first figure
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Commented:
though Rgonzo1971 provided solution to you.

here is another version of formula that can do the same thing

=SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE( SUBSTITUTE( SUBSTITUTE( SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE( SUBSTITUTE( SUBSTITUTE( SUBSTITUTE( SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(A2,"1",""),"2",""), "3",""),"4",""),"5",""), "6",""),"7",""),"8",""),"9",""),"0",""),".","")
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