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Hi

I want to split product codes which are different lengths but always have a - in the same place.  I want to create a field which is a short code version and have a formula to do the split rather than sorting and doing text to columns the data. It's always the information before the second -

So the data below is in column B
BSR-G19-BE-L
ZR-17-OL
JWS-27-BR-10

In column C I would like
BSR-G19
ZR-17
JWS-27

Many thanks
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Question by:RichardAtk
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Assuming value in B3, use formula in C3:

=LEFT(SUBSTITUTE(B3,"-","|",2),FIND("|",SUBSTITUTE(B3,"-","|",2),1)-1)

This replaces second occurence of "-" with "|" and then pulls everything to left of "|"

"|" is shift plus key next to z
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by:Martin Liss
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Assumes data in A1

=LEFT(A1,FIND(CHAR(1),SUBSTITUTE(A1,"-",CHAR(1),2))-1)
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Perfect thanks
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by:Rob Henson
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Yep, looking at it don't need the SUBSTITUTE part in the first parameter of the LEFT function.

So just:

=LEFT(B3,FIND("|",SUBSTITUTE(B3,"-","|",2),1)-1)
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by:Martin Liss
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...and you get my formula.
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Indeed, you do. Author accepted my post while I was writing the comment agreeing with yours.
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