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Hello,
The attached file has the city value/text on a separate line.  I wish to move that information into a separate column.
Tired an = , much to my surprise it is not working. Why?
Ideally would like to have the City only in a separate column.  I hate to ask to fix the file, yet I'm in a rush to find a contractor.
Please do tell me how you fixed it.  I need to sort it.
xcel-contractors.xlsx
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by:CompProbSolv
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Put the following in G3:
=left(B3,find(",",B3)-1)

and copy it to G5, G7, etc.
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put this formula anywhere for example in C2 and drag down  please see atached.

=IF(MOD(ROWS($B$2:B2),2),"",TRIM(LEFT(RIGHT(SUBSTITUTE(B2,",",REPT(" ",250)),500),250)))
xcel-contractors.xlsx
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by:chima
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CompProbSolv,  There is something wrong with the file or column because when I paste the formula in the cell, it does nothing, it just shows; =left(B3,find(",",B3)-1)   The format of the cells is "text"
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Prof, you read my question correctly.  thanks.
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you are welcome chima
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I would like to know what other change is needed, because I did paste this; =IF(MOD(ROWS($B$2:B2),2),"",TRIM(LEFT(RIGHT(SUBSTITUTE(B2,",",REPT(" ",250)),500),250))) and all I see is the formula.
I got the file, I have to go find a contractor.
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i did not understand your latest question?  did you see the file i uploaded?  didn't it work?
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put an equal sign then paste then after the equal sign IF(MOD(ROWS($B$2:B2),2),"",TRIM(LEFT(RIGHT(SUBSTITUTE(B2,",",REPT(" ",250)),500),250)))  then press enter and then drag the formula down.
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The formula works in my copy of your spreadsheet.  Any chance you've got something extra at the start of the cell, such as a quote character?
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