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Find first numeric value in text string
I need a formula that returns the account number and only the account number
from a text string that looks like this. BAN 123456 10/1/0510/31/05 or ACCT 78910 9/25/05  10/26/05 or 111213 1415 9/7/05  10/6/05 the formula that I have so far is this. =TRIM(MID(TRIM(RRLookup(A9,11)),FIND("9",TRIM(RRLo okup(A9,11))),FIND("/",RRLookup(A9,11))2)) RRLookup is a custom function that returns text strings like the examples. This formula is for an account number that begins with 9. I want it to be more general and just start at the first numeric character. Is there a way to do this? 
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Hi!
BAN 123456 10/1/0510/31/05 ACCT 78910 9/25/05  10/26/05 111213 1415 9/7/05  10/6/05 Where does the account number end in the 3rd example? If all strings were like the first 2 this would be relatively easy. If the account number always ends before the 2nd space this should not be too difficult. Find the 1st digit, find the 2nd space, return everything between. But, if some stings might look like this: ACCT 111213 1415 9/7/05  10/6/05 BAN 123456 10/1/0510/31/05 ACCT 78910 9/25/05  10/26/05 111213 1415 9/7/05  10/6/05 XX 111213 1415 04 9/7/05  10/6/05 There may be too many variables to consider. Biff "Rbp9ad" wrote in message ... I need a formula that returns the account number and only the account number from a text string that looks like this. BAN 123456 10/1/0510/31/05 or ACCT 78910 9/25/05  10/26/05 or 111213 1415 9/7/05  10/6/05 the formula that I have so far is this. =TRIM(MID(TRIM(RRLookup(A9,11)),FIND("9",TRIM(RRLo okup(A9,11))),FIND("/",RRLookup(A9,11))2)) RRLookup is a custom function that returns text strings like the examples. This formula is for an account number that begins with 9. I want it to be more general and just start at the first numeric character. Is there a way to do this? 
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The account numbers are quite variable because they are from different
vendors, but we have many account numbers with each vendor. The account number will always start at the first numeric value and end one or two spaces before the first / for the date. I want to drop the ACCT or BAN or Bill No. that appears in front of these numbers and the dates that are after them. If this can not be done then could you explain to me how to return the position in a string of the nth occurence of a character so I can write a formula for each vendor (Account numbers from the same vendor always have the same format). "Biff" wrote in message ... Hi! BAN 123456 10/1/0510/31/05 ACCT 78910 9/25/05  10/26/05 111213 1415 9/7/05  10/6/05 Where does the account number end in the 3rd example? If all strings were like the first 2 this would be relatively easy. If the account number always ends before the 2nd space this should not be too difficult. Find the 1st digit, find the 2nd space, return everything between. But, if some stings might look like this: ACCT 111213 1415 9/7/05  10/6/05 BAN 123456 10/1/0510/31/05 ACCT 78910 9/25/05  10/26/05 111213 1415 9/7/05  10/6/05 XX 111213 1415 04 9/7/05  10/6/05 There may be too many variables to consider. Biff "Rbp9ad" wrote in message ... I need a formula that returns the account number and only the account number from a text string that looks like this. BAN 123456 10/1/0510/31/05 or ACCT 78910 9/25/05  10/26/05 or 111213 1415 9/7/05  10/6/05 the formula that I have so far is this. =TRIM(MID(TRIM(RRLookup(A9,11)),FIND("9",TRIM(RRLo okup(A9,11))),FIND("/",RRLookup(A9,11))2)) RRLookup is a custom function that returns text strings like the examples. This formula is for an account number that begins with 9. I want it to be more general and just start at the first numeric character. Is there a way to do this? 
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Maybe...
=TRIM(MID(A1,MIN(SEARCH({0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9},A1&" 0123456789")),(FIND("/" ,A1)3)(MIN(SEARCH({0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9},A1&"0123456789") )1))) Hope this helps! In article , "Rbp9ad" wrote: I need a formula that returns the account number and only the account number from a text string that looks like this. BAN 123456 10/1/0510/31/05 or ACCT 78910 9/25/05  10/26/05 or 111213 1415 9/7/05  10/6/05 the formula that I have so far is this. =TRIM(MID(TRIM(RRLookup(A9,11)),FIND("9",TRIM(RRLo okup(A9,11))),FIND("/",RRLoo kup(A9,11))2)) RRLookup is a custom function that returns text strings like the examples. This formula is for an account number that begins with 9. I want it to be more general and just start at the first numeric character. Is there a way to do this? 
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Try Domenic's suggestion. It looks like it should work.
could you explain to me how to return the position in a string of the nth occurence of a character Assuming you know how many instances of the character there a Using this string as an example: ACCT 111213 1415 9/7/05  10/6/05 =FIND("~",SUBSTITUTE(A1,"/","~",4)) Returns the position of the 4th "/". Basically, what that does is substitutes the nth instance of "/" with "~" and uses the "~" as a "unique marker" for the Find function. I used the tilde character as it's a character that is not likely to appear in the string. To find out how many instances of any character there are in a string: =LEN(A1)LEN(SUBSTITUTE(A1,"character_to_count","")) Biff "Rbp9ad" wrote in message ... The account numbers are quite variable because they are from different vendors, but we have many account numbers with each vendor. The account number will always start at the first numeric value and end one or two spaces before the first / for the date. I want to drop the ACCT or BAN or Bill No. that appears in front of these numbers and the dates that are after them. If this can not be done then could you explain to me how to return the position in a string of the nth occurence of a character so I can write a formula for each vendor (Account numbers from the same vendor always have the same format). "Biff" wrote in message ... Hi! BAN 123456 10/1/0510/31/05 ACCT 78910 9/25/05  10/26/05 111213 1415 9/7/05  10/6/05 Where does the account number end in the 3rd example? If all strings were like the first 2 this would be relatively easy. If the account number always ends before the 2nd space this should not be too difficult. Find the 1st digit, find the 2nd space, return everything between. But, if some stings might look like this: ACCT 111213 1415 9/7/05  10/6/05 BAN 123456 10/1/0510/31/05 ACCT 78910 9/25/05  10/26/05 111213 1415 9/7/05  10/6/05 XX 111213 1415 04 9/7/05  10/6/05 There may be too many variables to consider. Biff "Rbp9ad" wrote in message ... I need a formula that returns the account number and only the account number from a text string that looks like this. BAN 123456 10/1/0510/31/05 or ACCT 78910 9/25/05  10/26/05 or 111213 1415 9/7/05  10/6/05 the formula that I have so far is this. =TRIM(MID(TRIM(RRLookup(A9,11)),FIND("9",TRIM(RRLo okup(A9,11))),FIND("/",RRLookup(A9,11))2)) RRLookup is a custom function that returns text strings like the examples. This formula is for an account number that begins with 9. I want it to be more general and just start at the first numeric character. Is there a way to do this? 
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