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Old November 13th 08, 09:16 PM posted to microsoft.public.excel.worksheet.functions
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Default Need to add figures based on alpha characters in the same cell

I don't know what the -- means that you have
just before the word LEFT

LEFT is a *text* function so it returns a *text* value. We need to convert
the result of LEFT into numeric numbers that SUM can add together. SUM
ignores text.

The double unary (--) coerces the text numbers returned by LEFT into numeric
numbers which SUM can then add up.

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Do you know how I can use your formula below in Google Docs(spreadsheets).
I keep getting an error. Google seems to have all the functions you
used -
however I don't know what the -- means that you have just before the word

(The formula works great in Excel)

"T. Valko" wrote:

10cc 5ca 20cc 5cc 10ca 5ca
In the above, the cc total should be $30 (i.e. 10cc + 20cc)

I think it should be 35. 10+20+5

Try this array formula** :


** array formulas need to be entered using the key combination of

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"Frustrated in Iowa" <Frustrated in wrote
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My data is in the format of 55.45cc 34.00ca 23.21 ch ...... where the
number represents a dollar amount of a sale and the letters indicate
cc=credit card, ca=cash etc. Each number/character pair is in a single
e.g. 55.45cc is in one cell. A row of these numbers/characters like
represent a day of sales. I want to have totals for all credit cards,
cash, and all check. Hope this makes sense. If not here is an example
have left out any numbers after the decimal)
10cc 5ca 20cc 5cc 10ca 5ca

In the above, the cc total should be $30 (i.e. 10cc + 20cc) and the ca
should be $20 (i.e. 5ca + 10 ca + 5ca).

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