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 ob3ron02 Posts: n/a Formula for Extracting Alphabetic Part of a Product Code

Hi,

I've got a column filled with part #s having a format like ABC1439
where the number of letters varies between 2-4 and the number of digits
varies between 3-4. Ie these are all possible numbers: AB145, BDA1457,
KDOG145, etc. What I'd like is to be able to extract the alphabetic
part of the part #s.

I know I could probably work something out with nested If statements,
IsText(), Right() and Left() but that would be really messy. Theres
gotta be an easier way than that! Note that IsText() reports ACB12 as
true, so I'd have to test IsText on the right side until I get false
and then find the length of the string and subtract from that and take
left() of the result... what a pain!

I know I can do it in VB as well, but since I've already got a formula
in place (it only takes the leftmost two letters) it would be easiest
just to change the formula.

Thanks for any tips or hints!

Tom

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 Frank Kabel Posts: n/a Hi
try the folloÂ´wing array formula (entered with CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER):
=LEFT(A1,MIN(IF(ISNUMBER(-MID(A1,seq,1)),seq)-1)

where seq is the defined name with the formula:
=ROW(INDIRECT("1:1024"))

"ob3ron02" wrote:

Hi,

I've got a column filled with part #s having a format like ABC1439
where the number of letters varies between 2-4 and the number of digits
varies between 3-4. Ie these are all possible numbers: AB145, BDA1457,
KDOG145, etc. What I'd like is to be able to extract the alphabetic
part of the part #s.

I know I could probably work something out with nested If statements,
IsText(), Right() and Left() but that would be really messy. Theres
gotta be an easier way than that! Note that IsText() reports ACB12 as
true, so I'd have to test IsText on the right side until I get false
and then find the length of the string and subtract from that and take
left() of the result... what a pain!

I know I can do it in VB as well, but since I've already got a formula
in place (it only takes the leftmost two letters) it would be easiest
just to change the formula.

Thanks for any tips or hints!

Tom

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 ivano Posts: n/a "Frank Kabel" ha scritto nel messaggio
news Hi
try the follo´wing array formula (entered with CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER):
=LEFT(A1,MIN(IF(ISNUMBER(-MID(A1,seq,1)),seq)-1)

where seq is the defined name with the formula:
=ROW(INDIRECT("1:1024"))

hy Frank,
I think you have lost a "-" in your formula:
=LEFT(A1,MIN(IF(ISNUMBER(--MID(A1,seq,1)),seq)-1)

ivano

 Frank Kabel Posts: n/a "ivano" schrieb im Newsbeitrag
...

"Frank Kabel" ha scritto nel messaggio
news Hi
try the follo´wing array formula (entered with CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER):
=LEFT(A1,MIN(IF(ISNUMBER(-MID(A1,seq,1)),seq)-1)

where seq is the defined name with the formula:
=ROW(INDIRECT("1:1024"))

hy Frank,
I think you have lost a "-" in your formula:
=LEFT(A1,MIN(IF(ISNUMBER(--MID(A1,seq,1)),seq)-1)

Hi
no this was intentioanlly :-)
No need for a second '-' sign as I just test if the returned character
is a number and I don't care about the sign of this number for this
comparison.
Frsnk

 Aladin Akyurek Posts: n/a B1:

=SUBSTITUTE(A1,REPLACE(A1,1,MIN(FIND({0,1,2,3,4,5, 6,7,8,9},A1&"0123456789")-1),""),"")

which must be confirmed with control+shift+enter instead of just with
enter.

A1 houses a value like ABC1439

ob3ron02 Wrote:
Hi,

I've got a column filled with part #s having a format like ABC1439
where the number of letters varies between 2-4 and the number of digits
varies between 3-4. Ie these are all possible numbers: AB145, BDA1457,
KDOG145, etc. What I'd like is to be able to extract the alphabetic
part of the part #s.

I know I could probably work something out with nested If statements,
IsText(), Right() and Left() but that would be really messy. Theres
gotta be an easier way than that! Note that IsText() reports ACB12 as
true, so I'd have to test IsText on the right side until I get false
and then find the length of the string and subtract from that and take
left() of the result... what a pain!

I know I can do it in VB as well, but since I've already got a formula
in place (it only takes the leftmost two letters) it would be easiest
just to change the formula.

Thanks for any tips or hints!

Tom

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 ivano Posts: n/a "Frank Kabel" ha scritto nel messaggio
...
"ivano" schrieb im Newsbeitrag
...

"Frank Kabel" ha scritto nel messaggio
news Hi
try the follo´wing array formula (entered with CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER):
=LEFT(A1,MIN(IF(ISNUMBER(-MID(A1,seq,1)),seq)-1)

where seq is the defined name with the formula:
=ROW(INDIRECT("1:1024"))

hy Frank,
I think you have lost a "-" in your formula:
=LEFT(A1,MIN(IF(ISNUMBER(--MID(A1,seq,1)),seq)-1)

Hi
no this was intentioanlly :-)
No need for a second '-' sign as I just test if the returned character
is a number and I don't care about the sign of this number for this
comparison.
Frsnk

You are right, Frank...
I thought that yuor formula don't play for "-", insteat missing a ")"

=LEFT(A1,MIN(IF(ISNUMBER(-MID(A1,seq,1)),seq))-1)

hy..ivano

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