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I have a huge long column of text---product codes, to be exact, that could
look something like this: CNUB275X3 or PB24X275. What I need is a formula,
which I will put in the column beside this one, that will look at the code
and put only the letters up to the first number. So, in this case it would
put CNUB in the first row's cell and then PB for the next one. Is this
possible? Connie

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Assuming your data is in cell A1:A100, in cell B1 put the following formula:

=LEFT(A1,IF(MIN(SEARCH({0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9},A1&"0 123456789"))LEN(A1),0,MIN(SEARCH({0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7 ,8,9},A1&"0123456789")))-1)

but make sure you ARRAY ENTER it, by using CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER

If successful you will see curly braces appear around the formula, eg
{=formula}

Now just copy and then paste across B2:B100

Regards
Ken........................


"Connie Martin" wrote in message
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I have a huge long column of text---product codes, to be exact, that could
look something like this: CNUB275X3 or PB24X275. What I need is a
formula,
which I will put in the column beside this one, that will look at the code
and put only the letters up to the first number. So, in this case it
would
put CNUB in the first row's cell and then PB for the next one. Is this
possible? Connie



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Thank you, Ken! That works wonderfully! What a pile of work that has saved
me! I know that Excel can do anything. I just wish I knew how to make it do
anything! Thanks again. Connie

"Ken Wright" wrote:

Assuming your data is in cell A1:A100, in cell B1 put the following formula:

=LEFT(A1,IF(MIN(SEARCH({0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9},A1&"0 123456789"))LEN(A1),0,MIN(SEARCH({0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7 ,8,9},A1&"0123456789")))-1)

but make sure you ARRAY ENTER it, by using CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER

If successful you will see curly braces appear around the formula, eg
{=formula}

Now just copy and then paste across B2:B100

Regards
Ken........................


"Connie Martin" wrote in message
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I have a huge long column of text---product codes, to be exact, that could
look something like this: CNUB275X3 or PB24X275. What I need is a
formula,
which I will put in the column beside this one, that will look at the code
and put only the letters up to the first number. So, in this case it
would
put CNUB in the first row's cell and then PB for the next one. Is this
possible? Connie




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LOL, you're very welcome :-)

Regards
Ken...............

"Connie Martin" wrote in message
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Thank you, Ken! That works wonderfully! What a pile of work that has
saved
me! I know that Excel can do anything. I just wish I knew how to make it
do
anything! Thanks again. Connie

"Ken Wright" wrote:

Assuming your data is in cell A1:A100, in cell B1 put the following
formula:

=LEFT(A1,IF(MIN(SEARCH({0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9},A1&"0 123456789"))LEN(A1),0,MIN(SEARCH({0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7 ,8,9},A1&"0123456789")))-1)

but make sure you ARRAY ENTER it, by using CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER

If successful you will see curly braces appear around the formula, eg
{=formula}

Now just copy and then paste across B2:B100

Regards
Ken........................


"Connie Martin" wrote in message
...
I have a huge long column of text---product codes, to be exact, that
could
look something like this: CNUB275X3 or PB24X275. What I need is a
formula,
which I will put in the column beside this one, that will look at the
code
and put only the letters up to the first number. So, in this case it
would
put CNUB in the first row's cell and then PB for the next one. Is this
possible? Connie






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I assume that your first code is in A2

You can use a function
as described by Kevin Backmann
copy and paste this into a module in the visual basic editor.
press <alt<F11 to get there
insert a new module and paste the lines below into the right hand window



Function ExtractAlpha(varVal As Variant) As String

Dim intLen As Integer
Dim strVal As String
Dim i As Integer
Dim strChar As String

intLen = Len(varVal)

For i = 1 To intLen
strChar = Mid$(varVal, i, 1)
If Asc(strChar) = 65 And Asc(strChar) <= 90 Or _
Asc(strChar) = 97 And Asc(strChar) <= 122 Then
strVal = strVal & strChar
End If
Next i

ExtractAlpha = strVal

End Function



then
enter =ExtractAlpha(A2) in B2

To get writ of the x's at the end
You will have to use a normal if- formula in C2

=IF(RIGHT(B2,1)="x",MID(B2,1,LEN(B2)-1),B2)

extend B2 and C2 as far as you need to by left click and drag down of the
right hand bottom corners of the cells after the mouse pointer has changed
to a "+" sign


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"Connie Martin" wrote in message
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I have a huge long column of text---product codes, to be exact, that could
look something like this: CNUB275X3 or PB24X275. What I need is a
formula,
which I will put in the column beside this one, that will look at the code
and put only the letters up to the first number. So, in this case it
would
put CNUB in the first row's cell and then PB for the next one. Is this
possible? Connie





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You really *don't* need an array entry for this formula Ken.

And this one will *not* return an error when the cell being referenced is
empty:

=LEFT(A1,MIN(FIND({0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9},A1&"012345 6789"))-1)

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"Ken Wright" wrote in message
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LOL, you're very welcome :-)

Regards
Ken...............

"Connie Martin" wrote in message
...
Thank you, Ken! That works wonderfully! What a pile of work that has
saved
me! I know that Excel can do anything. I just wish I knew how to make
it do
anything! Thanks again. Connie

"Ken Wright" wrote:

Assuming your data is in cell A1:A100, in cell B1 put the following
formula:

=LEFT(A1,IF(MIN(SEARCH({0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9},A1&"0 123456789"))LEN(A1),0,MIN(SEARCH({0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7 ,8,9},A1&"0123456789")))-1)

but make sure you ARRAY ENTER it, by using CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER

If successful you will see curly braces appear around the formula, eg
{=formula}

Now just copy and then paste across B2:B100

Regards
Ken........................


"Connie Martin" wrote in
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I have a huge long column of text---product codes, to be exact, that
could
look something like this: CNUB275X3 or PB24X275. What I need is a
formula,
which I will put in the column beside this one, that will look at the
code
and put only the letters up to the first number. So, in this case it
would
put CNUB in the first row's cell and then PB for the next one. Is
this
possible? Connie







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Just thought you might find it interesting to know that this line...

If Asc(strChar) = 65 And Asc(strChar) <= 90 Or _
Asc(strChar) = 97 And Asc(strChar) <= 122 Then

can be replaced with this one...

If strChar Like "[A-Za-z]" Then

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"Bill Kuunders" wrote in message
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I assume that your first code is in A2

You can use a function
as described by Kevin Backmann
copy and paste this into a module in the visual basic editor.
press <alt<F11 to get there
insert a new module and paste the lines below into the right hand window



Function ExtractAlpha(varVal As Variant) As String

Dim intLen As Integer
Dim strVal As String
Dim i As Integer
Dim strChar As String

intLen = Len(varVal)

For i = 1 To intLen
strChar = Mid$(varVal, i, 1)
If Asc(strChar) = 65 And Asc(strChar) <= 90 Or _
Asc(strChar) = 97 And Asc(strChar) <= 122 Then
strVal = strVal & strChar
End If
Next i

ExtractAlpha = strVal

End Function



then
enter =ExtractAlpha(A2) in B2

To get writ of the x's at the end
You will have to use a normal if- formula in C2

=IF(RIGHT(B2,1)="x",MID(B2,1,LEN(B2)-1),B2)

extend B2 and C2 as far as you need to by left click and drag down of the
right hand bottom corners of the cells after the mouse pointer has changed
to a "+" sign


--
Greetings from New Zealand


"Connie Martin" wrote in message
...
I have a huge long column of text---product codes, to be exact, that could
look something like this: CNUB275X3 or PB24X275. What I need is a
formula,
which I will put in the column beside this one, that will look at the
code
and put only the letters up to the first number. So, in this case it
would
put CNUB in the first row's cell and then PB for the next one. Is this
possible? Connie




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LOL - over to you for that one my friend - Should have checked it really.
Hope you are keeping well - Been a little while now :-)

Regards
Ken................

"RagDyer" wrote in message
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You really *don't* need an array entry for this formula Ken.

And this one will *not* return an error when the cell being referenced is
empty:

=LEFT(A1,MIN(FIND({0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9},A1&"012345 6789"))-1)

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"Ken Wright" wrote in message
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LOL, you're very welcome :-)

Regards
Ken...............

"Connie Martin" wrote in message
...
Thank you, Ken! That works wonderfully! What a pile of work that has
saved
me! I know that Excel can do anything. I just wish I knew how to make
it do
anything! Thanks again. Connie

"Ken Wright" wrote:

Assuming your data is in cell A1:A100, in cell B1 put the following
formula:

=LEFT(A1,IF(MIN(SEARCH({0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9},A1&"0 123456789"))LEN(A1),0,MIN(SEARCH({0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7 ,8,9},A1&"0123456789")))-1)

but make sure you ARRAY ENTER it, by using CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER

If successful you will see curly braces appear around the formula, eg
{=formula}

Now just copy and then paste across B2:B100

Regards
Ken........................


"Connie Martin" wrote in
message
...
I have a huge long column of text---product codes, to be exact, that
could
look something like this: CNUB275X3 or PB24X275. What I need is a
formula,
which I will put in the column beside this one, that will look at the
code
and put only the letters up to the first number. So, in this case it
would
put CNUB in the first row's cell and then PB for the next one. Is
this
possible? Connie









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Yes, it's been a while.<g

I remember spending hours in these groups ... now it's minutes ... if at
all,
and mostly now ... it's not at all.
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"Ken Wright" wrote in message
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LOL - over to you for that one my friend - Should have checked it really.
Hope you are keeping well - Been a little while now :-)

Regards
Ken................

"RagDyer" wrote in message
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You really *don't* need an array entry for this formula Ken.

And this one will *not* return an error when the cell being referenced is
empty:

=LEFT(A1,MIN(FIND({0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9},A1&"012345 6789"))-1)

--
Regards,

RD

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"Ken Wright" wrote in message
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LOL, you're very welcome :-)

Regards
Ken...............

"Connie Martin" wrote in
message ...
Thank you, Ken! That works wonderfully! What a pile of work that has
saved
me! I know that Excel can do anything. I just wish I knew how to make
it do
anything! Thanks again. Connie

"Ken Wright" wrote:

Assuming your data is in cell A1:A100, in cell B1 put the following
formula:

=LEFT(A1,IF(MIN(SEARCH({0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9},A1&"0 123456789"))LEN(A1),0,MIN(SEARCH({0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7 ,8,9},A1&"0123456789")))-1)

but make sure you ARRAY ENTER it, by using CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER

If successful you will see curly braces appear around the formula, eg
{=formula}

Now just copy and then paste across B2:B100

Regards
Ken........................


"Connie Martin" wrote in
message
...
I have a huge long column of text---product codes, to be exact, that
could
look something like this: CNUB275X3 or PB24X275. What I need is a
formula,
which I will put in the column beside this one, that will look at
the code
and put only the letters up to the first number. So, in this case
it
would
put CNUB in the first row's cell and then PB for the next one. Is
this
possible? Connie













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