Solved

Using IFERROR in Excel

Posted on 2016-07-25
6
63 Views
Last Modified: 2016-07-30
I have a column of names, some of which include a parenthetical expression. I want to create another column of names with the parenthetical expression excluded. I have tried IF(ISERROR(... In about every way I can think of. To give you the basic idea, one of my attempts looks like this:

=IF(ISERROR(IF(AND(FIND("(",M45),FIND(")",M45)),(LEFT(M45,FIND("(",M45)-2))&MID(M45,FIND(")",M45)+1,256),M45)),M45)

In this version if there is a parenthetical phrase, the result is FALSE instead of the desired name. In other cases, I get only the non--parenthetical name to work, or I get too many or too few parentheses, or too many or too few variables. The result I'm looking for looks like this:

James Kirk                                            James Kirk
Montgomery (Scotty) Scott                    Montgomery Scott
0
Comment
Question by:John Fistere
6 Comments
 
LVL 50

Expert Comment

by:Ryan Chong
ID: 41728679
do you have a sample can upload here? it would be easier for troubleshooting
0
 
LVL 47

Accepted Solution

by:
Wayne Taylor (webtubbs) earned 250 total points
ID: 41728685
Try this one...

    =IFERROR(IF(AND(FIND("(",M45),FIND(")",M45)),(LEFT(M45,FIND("(",M45)-2))&MID(M45,FIND(")",M45)+1,256),M45), M45)
0
 
LVL 2

Author Comment

by:John Fistere
ID: 41728774
Aha. I was rarely careless about the difference between IFERROR and ISERROR.

Your solution worked perfectly.

Thanks!
0
Windows Server 2016: All you need to know

Learn about Hyper-V features that increase functionality and usability of Microsoft Windows Server 2016. Also, throughout this eBook, you’ll find some basic PowerShell examples that will help you leverage the scripts in your environments!

 
LVL 29

Assisted Solution

by:Subodh Tiwari (Neeraj)
Subodh Tiwari (Neeraj) earned 250 total points
ID: 41728791
Or you may also use the following formula to get the desired output...

=IFERROR(REPLACE(M45,FIND("(",M45),FIND(")",M45)-FIND("(",M45)+1,""),M45)

Open in new window

0
 
LVL 2

Author Comment

by:John Fistere
ID: 41728871
It works, too. Interesting approach. I'll have to spend a little more time with it to see precisely how it works.

Thanks

John
0
 
LVL 29

Expert Comment

by:Subodh Tiwari (Neeraj)
ID: 41728884
You're welcome!

The following syntax of Replace function is help you....

=REPLACE(old_text, start_num, num_chars, new_text)

Where
old_text is the original string/Text in which you want to replace a part string in it, in this case it is M45

start_num is the starting position of the text you want to replace, in this case it is "("

num_chars would be the number of characters you want to replace, in this case the characters between "(" and ")" including them, in this case e.g. it is (Scotty)

new_text would be string you would replace the previous string with, in this case you would replace "(some string here)" with a null string.
0

Featured Post

PRTG Network Monitor: Intuitive Network Monitoring

Network Monitoring is essential to ensure that computer systems and network devices are running. Use PRTG to monitor LANs, servers, websites, applications and devices, bandwidth, virtual environments, remote systems, IoT, and many more. PRTG is easy to set up & use.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Approximate matching with VLOOKUP and MATCH seems to me to be a greatly under-used technique, and one which is vital for getting good performance out of large lookups. Until recently I would always have advised using an exact match for simplicity an…
This article descibes how to create a connection between Excel and SAP and how to move data from Excel to SAP or the other way around.
This Micro Tutorial will demonstrate the scrolling table in Microsoft Excel using the INDEX function.
Finds all prime numbers in a range requested and places them in a public primes() array. I've demostrated a template size of 30 (2 * 3 * 5) but larger templates can be built such 210  (2 * 3 * 5 * 7) or 2310  (2 * 3 * 5 * 7 * 11). The larger templa…

832 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question