I have a column, in Excel. In each cell there is a number, followed by a period and then a word. Can I delete the number, some one digit, some 2 & some three, and keep the word?

I have:

1. Mary
2. Fred
3. Allan

It goes on to:

100. Alice
Can I use, "Find / Replace", or something, and delete the numbers and periods, in one action, and keep the names?

That's it.

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Saurabh Singh TeotiaCommented:
Assuming you have data from cell A1 then in B1 you can apply this formula which will get only the names..

=RIGHT(A1,LEN(A1)-FIND(" ",A1))

And then you can drag it further down to just to get names from your data..

Christopher MilliganIT ManagerCommented:

quickest way may be to use text to column wizard in excel and set the delimiter to "."; it'll give you two columns one full of numbers and the other full of the names, delete the column with the numbers.


ProfessorJimJamMicrosoft Excel ExpertCommented:
select the column then go to Data tab and then Text to Column and then select delimited and then click Next and then unmark all and mark "other" and in the box put . period and then click next finish. it will seperate your data and then you can delete the unwanted column
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Martin LissOlder than dirtCommented:
To delete the number and the period you can use this macro.

Sub RemoveNumbers()
Const COL = "A"
Const FIRST_ROW = 1
Dim lngLastRow As Long
Dim lngRow As Long
Dim strParts() As String

lngLastRow = Range(COL & "1048576").End(xlUp).Row

For lngRow = FIRST_ROW To lngLastRow
    strParts = Split(Cells(lngRow, COL), ".")
    Cells(lngRow, COL) = strParts(1)

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Just in case you need them, here are instructions on how to install and use the macro.

In Excel, Press Alt+F11 to open the Visual Basic Editor (VBE)

Right-click on your workbook name in the "Project-VBAProject" pane (at the top left corner of the editor window) and select Insert -> Module from the context menu

Copy the macro (you can use the ‘Select All’ button if you like) and paste it into the right-hand pane of the VBA editor ("Module1" window)

Press Alt+F11 again to go back to Excel

Optionally, press Alt+F8 to open the "Macro" dialog window. Select the macro, click ‘Options…’,  hold down the Shift key and type the letter A (or any other letter) and click ‘OK’. Then anytime you want to run the macro press Ctrl+Shift+A.
Subodh Tiwari (Neeraj)Excel & VBA ExpertCommented:
Follow these steps......

- Select the column
- Press Ctrl + H
- In Find what box --> type *. followed by one space
- Leave the Replace with box blank
- Click on Replace All

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pubbuddyAuthor Commented:
How, absolutely, simple; and perfect.
This is the ultimate example of why you guys are in business. I wish there was a grad above, A.
Subodh Tiwari (Neeraj)Excel & VBA ExpertCommented:
Glad I could help.
And thanks for the compliment also. :)
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