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Is there a way to convert a value in a cell that is 2'-3 1/2" to a
decimal such as 27.5" ?

excel 2003 SP2

Thanks
Gary


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OK, this can probably be broken down. Unfortunately, I don't have the time
to figure it all out so I'll give you the formulas I'd use
SEARCH, MID, LEFT, RIGHT, CONCATENATE (or you could use A1&A2) and maybe
VALUE.


"dingy101" wrote in message
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Is there a way to convert a value in a cell that is 2'-3 1/2" to a
decimal such as 27.5" ?

excel 2003 SP2

Thanks
Gary



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Biff
 
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Is the format ALWAYS the same?

In other words, will there ALWAYS be some feet, some inches and some
fraction of an inch?

Biff

"dingy101" wrote in message
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Is there a way to convert a value in a cell that is 2'-3 1/2" to a
decimal such as 27.5" ?

excel 2003 SP2

Thanks
Gary



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No,

2 1/2"
8"
10 1/2"
1'-7 3/8"

These are the different configurations.

Gary

"Biff" wrote:

Is the format ALWAYS the same?

In other words, will there ALWAYS be some feet, some inches and some
fraction of an inch?

Biff

"dingy101" wrote in message
...
Is there a way to convert a value in a cell that is 2'-3 1/2" to a
decimal such as 27.5" ?

excel 2003 SP2

Thanks
Gary




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Biff
 
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Ok, just to give you an idea of how "brutal" this is:

Just for this single format:

1'-7 3/8"

Requires this formula: (it could be slightly reduced as I wrote it with the
intention of including all the possible formats)

=IF(ISNUMBER(FIND("'",A10)),LEFT(A10,FIND("'",A10)-1)*12,0)+IF(COUNT(FIND({"-","
"},A10))=2,MID(A10,FIND("-",A10)+1,FIND("
",A10)-1-FIND("-",A10)),0)+IF(COUNT(FIND({" ","/"},A10))=2,MID(A10,FIND("
",A10)+1,FIND("/",A10)-1-FIND("
",A10))/MID(A10,FIND("/",A10)+1,FIND("""",A10)-1-FIND("/",A10)),0)

A single formula that accounts for all the possible formats would be a real
nightmare! Which leads me to ask about ALL THE POSSIBLE formats. You listed
these:

2 1/2"
8"
10 1/2"
1'-7 3/8"


But I came up these:

1'-7 3/8"
1'-10"
1'
2 1/2"
8"
1/2"

How about if the measurement is one foot. Will that be entered as 12" or 1'
(as I have listed above) ?

Where do these values come from? Are they manually entered by a user? Are
they imported from some other app? Copy/pasted from a web site?

If you could enter each unit of measure into separate cells this would be a
piece of cake!

If they are from some other app and you can't parse them out, then.....

I would recommend a separate formula breaking each measure into a separate
cell then summing those cells together. For example, one cell to calculate
the feet, one cell for the whole inches and one cell for the fractional
inches. The formulas for the inches would still be kind of long and ugly!

There's just too many different formats to contend with!

Before I continue with this let me know what you think and let me know ALL
the possible formats. It can be done but it ain't easy.

Biff

"dingy101" wrote in message
...
No,

2 1/2"
8"
10 1/2"
1'-7 3/8"

These are the different configurations.

Gary

"Biff" wrote:

Is the format ALWAYS the same?

In other words, will there ALWAYS be some feet, some inches and some
fraction of an inch?

Biff

"dingy101" wrote in message
...
Is there a way to convert a value in a cell that is 2'-3 1/2" to a
decimal such as 27.5" ?

excel 2003 SP2

Thanks
Gary








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dingy101
 
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Hi,

1'-7 3/8"
1'-10"
1' - would be 1'-0", not 12"
2 1/2"
8"
1/2" - rare but possible, not in this set , but in future
10' -0 15/32" - also possible, 2 digits in feet and fraction in 32 nds
These items have been manually entered into a worksheet, came from Autocad
drawings.
I have about six sheets with about 500 entries. I need to total items to get
a figure for amount of steel to purchase.

I appreciate your efforts, I am suprised there is not a "set" way to do this.

Thanks,
Gary

"Biff" wrote:

Ok, just to give you an idea of how "brutal" this is:

Just for this single format:

1'-7 3/8"

Requires this formula: (it could be slightly reduced as I wrote it with the
intention of including all the possible formats)

=IF(ISNUMBER(FIND("'",A10)),LEFT(A10,FIND("'",A10)-1)*12,0)+IF(COUNT(FIND({"-","
"},A10))=2,MID(A10,FIND("-",A10)+1,FIND("
",A10)-1-FIND("-",A10)),0)+IF(COUNT(FIND({" ","/"},A10))=2,MID(A10,FIND("
",A10)+1,FIND("/",A10)-1-FIND("
",A10))/MID(A10,FIND("/",A10)+1,FIND("""",A10)-1-FIND("/",A10)),0)

A single formula that accounts for all the possible formats would be a real
nightmare! Which leads me to ask about ALL THE POSSIBLE formats. You listed
these:

2 1/2"
8"
10 1/2"
1'-7 3/8"


But I came up these:

1'-7 3/8"
1'-10"
1'
2 1/2"
8"
1/2"

How about if the measurement is one foot. Will that be entered as 12" or 1'
(as I have listed above) ?

Where do these values come from? Are they manually entered by a user? Are
they imported from some other app? Copy/pasted from a web site?

If you could enter each unit of measure into separate cells this would be a
piece of cake!

If they are from some other app and you can't parse them out, then.....

I would recommend a separate formula breaking each measure into a separate
cell then summing those cells together. For example, one cell to calculate
the feet, one cell for the whole inches and one cell for the fractional
inches. The formulas for the inches would still be kind of long and ugly!

There's just too many different formats to contend with!

Before I continue with this let me know what you think and let me know ALL
the possible formats. It can be done but it ain't easy.

Biff

"dingy101" wrote in message
...
No,

2 1/2"
8"
10 1/2"
1'-7 3/8"

These are the different configurations.

Gary

"Biff" wrote:

Is the format ALWAYS the same?

In other words, will there ALWAYS be some feet, some inches and some
fraction of an inch?

Biff

"dingy101" wrote in message
...
Is there a way to convert a value in a cell that is 2'-3 1/2" to a
decimal such as 27.5" ?

excel 2003 SP2

Thanks
Gary







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Old February 18th 06, 08:12 PM posted to microsoft.public.excel.worksheet.functions
Peo Sjoblom
 
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Default Convert feet/inches to decimal

I agree with Biff that this is brutal (wouldn't this be a good reason to
convert fully to metric, it's so much simpler?) <bg Excel is not great for
parsing all different combinations the formulas tend to be monstrous
Here is some more on this subject

http://www.mvps.org/dmcritchie/excel/fractex1.htm

--

Regards,

Peo Sjoblom

Northwest Excel Solutions

Portland, Oregon




"dingy101" wrote in message
...
Hi,

1'-7 3/8"
1'-10"
1' - would be 1'-0", not 12"
2 1/2"
8"
1/2" - rare but possible, not in this set , but in future
10' -0 15/32" - also possible, 2 digits in feet and fraction in 32 nds
These items have been manually entered into a worksheet, came from Autocad
drawings.
I have about six sheets with about 500 entries. I need to total items to
get
a figure for amount of steel to purchase.

I appreciate your efforts, I am suprised there is not a "set" way to do
this.

Thanks,
Gary

"Biff" wrote:

Ok, just to give you an idea of how "brutal" this is:

Just for this single format:

1'-7 3/8"

Requires this formula: (it could be slightly reduced as I wrote it with
the
intention of including all the possible formats)

=IF(ISNUMBER(FIND("'",A10)),LEFT(A10,FIND("'",A10)-1)*12,0)+IF(COUNT(FIND({"-","
"},A10))=2,MID(A10,FIND("-",A10)+1,FIND("
",A10)-1-FIND("-",A10)),0)+IF(COUNT(FIND({" ","/"},A10))=2,MID(A10,FIND("
",A10)+1,FIND("/",A10)-1-FIND("
",A10))/MID(A10,FIND("/",A10)+1,FIND("""",A10)-1-FIND("/",A10)),0)

A single formula that accounts for all the possible formats would be a
real
nightmare! Which leads me to ask about ALL THE POSSIBLE formats. You
listed
these:

2 1/2"
8"
10 1/2"
1'-7 3/8"


But I came up these:

1'-7 3/8"
1'-10"
1'
2 1/2"
8"
1/2"

How about if the measurement is one foot. Will that be entered as 12" or
1'
(as I have listed above) ?

Where do these values come from? Are they manually entered by a user? Are
they imported from some other app? Copy/pasted from a web site?

If you could enter each unit of measure into separate cells this would be
a
piece of cake!

If they are from some other app and you can't parse them out, then.....

I would recommend a separate formula breaking each measure into a
separate
cell then summing those cells together. For example, one cell to
calculate
the feet, one cell for the whole inches and one cell for the fractional
inches. The formulas for the inches would still be kind of long and ugly!

There's just too many different formats to contend with!

Before I continue with this let me know what you think and let me know
ALL
the possible formats. It can be done but it ain't easy.

Biff

"dingy101" wrote in message
...
No,

2 1/2"
8"
10 1/2"
1'-7 3/8"

These are the different configurations.

Gary

"Biff" wrote:

Is the format ALWAYS the same?

In other words, will there ALWAYS be some feet, some inches and some
fraction of an inch?

Biff

"dingy101" wrote in message
...
Is there a way to convert a value in a cell that is 2'-3 1/2" to
a
decimal such as 27.5" ?

excel 2003 SP2

Thanks
Gary








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Old February 18th 06, 09:16 PM posted to microsoft.public.excel.worksheet.functions
Ron Coderre
 
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Default Convert feet/inches to decimal

It's not pretty, but near as I can tell, this formula handles all of your
posted examples:

For a value in A1
B1:
=--IF(ISERROR(FIND("'",A1)),0,IF(COUNTIF(A1,"*/*")*(COUNTIF(A1,"*'")0),"0
","")&LEFT(A1,FIND("'",A1)-1))+IF(ISERROR(FIND("""",A1)),0,--(IF(COUNTIF(A1,"*/*")*(COUNTIF(A1,"*
*/*")=0),"0
","")&SUBSTITUTE(MID(A1,IF(ISERROR(FIND("-",A1)),1,FIND("-",A1)+1),255),"""","")))/12

That works as long as "they" don't use fractions greater than 1 for FEET (eg
1 1/2')

Is that something you can work with?

***********
Regards,
Ron

XL2002, WinXP-Pro


"dingy101" wrote:

Hi,

1'-7 3/8"
1'-10"
1' - would be 1'-0", not 12"
2 1/2"
8"
1/2" - rare but possible, not in this set , but in future
10' -0 15/32" - also possible, 2 digits in feet and fraction in 32 nds
These items have been manually entered into a worksheet, came from Autocad
drawings.
I have about six sheets with about 500 entries. I need to total items to get
a figure for amount of steel to purchase.

I appreciate your efforts, I am suprised there is not a "set" way to do this.

Thanks,
Gary

"Biff" wrote:

Ok, just to give you an idea of how "brutal" this is:

Just for this single format:

1'-7 3/8"

Requires this formula: (it could be slightly reduced as I wrote it with the
intention of including all the possible formats)

=IF(ISNUMBER(FIND("'",A10)),LEFT(A10,FIND("'",A10)-1)*12,0)+IF(COUNT(FIND({"-","
"},A10))=2,MID(A10,FIND("-",A10)+1,FIND("
",A10)-1-FIND("-",A10)),0)+IF(COUNT(FIND({" ","/"},A10))=2,MID(A10,FIND("
",A10)+1,FIND("/",A10)-1-FIND("
",A10))/MID(A10,FIND("/",A10)+1,FIND("""",A10)-1-FIND("/",A10)),0)

A single formula that accounts for all the possible formats would be a real
nightmare! Which leads me to ask about ALL THE POSSIBLE formats. You listed
these:

2 1/2"
8"
10 1/2"
1'-7 3/8"


But I came up these:

1'-7 3/8"
1'-10"
1'
2 1/2"
8"
1/2"

How about if the measurement is one foot. Will that be entered as 12" or 1'
(as I have listed above) ?

Where do these values come from? Are they manually entered by a user? Are
they imported from some other app? Copy/pasted from a web site?

If you could enter each unit of measure into separate cells this would be a
piece of cake!

If they are from some other app and you can't parse them out, then.....

I would recommend a separate formula breaking each measure into a separate
cell then summing those cells together. For example, one cell to calculate
the feet, one cell for the whole inches and one cell for the fractional
inches. The formulas for the inches would still be kind of long and ugly!

There's just too many different formats to contend with!

Before I continue with this let me know what you think and let me know ALL
the possible formats. It can be done but it ain't easy.

Biff

"dingy101" wrote in message
...
No,

2 1/2"
8"
10 1/2"
1'-7 3/8"

These are the different configurations.

Gary

"Biff" wrote:

Is the format ALWAYS the same?

In other words, will there ALWAYS be some feet, some inches and some
fraction of an inch?

Biff

"dingy101" wrote in message
...
Is there a way to convert a value in a cell that is 2'-3 1/2" to a
decimal such as 27.5" ?

excel 2003 SP2

Thanks
Gary







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Old February 19th 06, 04:47 AM posted to microsoft.public.excel.worksheet.functions
Biff
 
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Default Convert feet/inches to decimal

Pretty close, Ron.

It crashes on entries like:

1/2"
3/8"
11/16"

It evaluates as the date serial number divided by 12:

1/2 = 38719/12 = 3226.583

I thought the OP wanted to convert to decimal inches. At least that's what
the example in the post indicates.

Biff

"Ron Coderre" wrote in message
...
It's not pretty, but near as I can tell, this formula handles all of your
posted examples:

For a value in A1
B1:
=--IF(ISERROR(FIND("'",A1)),0,IF(COUNTIF(A1,"*/*")*(COUNTIF(A1,"*'")0),"0
","")&LEFT(A1,FIND("'",A1)-1))+IF(ISERROR(FIND("""",A1)),0,--(IF(COUNTIF(A1,"*/*")*(COUNTIF(A1,"*
*/*")=0),"0
","")&SUBSTITUTE(MID(A1,IF(ISERROR(FIND("-",A1)),1,FIND("-",A1)+1),255),"""","")))/12

That works as long as "they" don't use fractions greater than 1 for FEET
(eg
1 1/2')

Is that something you can work with?

***********
Regards,
Ron

XL2002, WinXP-Pro


"dingy101" wrote:

Hi,

1'-7 3/8"
1'-10"
1' - would be 1'-0", not 12"
2 1/2"
8"
1/2" - rare but possible, not in this set , but in future
10' -0 15/32" - also possible, 2 digits in feet and fraction in 32 nds
These items have been manually entered into a worksheet, came from
Autocad
drawings.
I have about six sheets with about 500 entries. I need to total items to
get
a figure for amount of steel to purchase.

I appreciate your efforts, I am suprised there is not a "set" way to do
this.

Thanks,
Gary

"Biff" wrote:

Ok, just to give you an idea of how "brutal" this is:

Just for this single format:

1'-7 3/8"

Requires this formula: (it could be slightly reduced as I wrote it with
the
intention of including all the possible formats)

=IF(ISNUMBER(FIND("'",A10)),LEFT(A10,FIND("'",A10)-1)*12,0)+IF(COUNT(FIND({"-","
"},A10))=2,MID(A10,FIND("-",A10)+1,FIND("
",A10)-1-FIND("-",A10)),0)+IF(COUNT(FIND({"
","/"},A10))=2,MID(A10,FIND("
",A10)+1,FIND("/",A10)-1-FIND("
",A10))/MID(A10,FIND("/",A10)+1,FIND("""",A10)-1-FIND("/",A10)),0)

A single formula that accounts for all the possible formats would be a
real
nightmare! Which leads me to ask about ALL THE POSSIBLE formats. You
listed
these:

2 1/2"
8"
10 1/2"
1'-7 3/8"

But I came up these:

1'-7 3/8"
1'-10"
1'
2 1/2"
8"
1/2"

How about if the measurement is one foot. Will that be entered as 12"
or 1'
(as I have listed above) ?

Where do these values come from? Are they manually entered by a user?
Are
they imported from some other app? Copy/pasted from a web site?

If you could enter each unit of measure into separate cells this would
be a
piece of cake!

If they are from some other app and you can't parse them out, then.....

I would recommend a separate formula breaking each measure into a
separate
cell then summing those cells together. For example, one cell to
calculate
the feet, one cell for the whole inches and one cell for the fractional
inches. The formulas for the inches would still be kind of long and
ugly!

There's just too many different formats to contend with!

Before I continue with this let me know what you think and let me know
ALL
the possible formats. It can be done but it ain't easy.

Biff

"dingy101" wrote in message
...
No,

2 1/2"
8"
10 1/2"
1'-7 3/8"

These are the different configurations.

Gary

"Biff" wrote:

Is the format ALWAYS the same?

In other words, will there ALWAYS be some feet, some inches and some
fraction of an inch?

Biff

"dingy101" wrote in message
...
Is there a way to convert a value in a cell that is 2'-3 1/2"
to a
decimal such as 27.5" ?

excel 2003 SP2

Thanks
Gary









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Old February 19th 06, 05:07 AM posted to microsoft.public.excel.worksheet.functions
Ron Coderre
 
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Hey, Biff...I'm a bit puzzled.

=--IF(ISERROR(FIND("'",A1)),0,IF(COUNTIF(A1,"*/*")*(COUNTIF(A1,"*'")0),"0
","")&LEFT(A1,FIND("'",A1)-1))+IF(ISERROR(FIND("""",A1)),0,--(IF(COUNTIF(A1,"*/*")*(COUNTIF(A1,"*
*/*")=0),"0
","")&SUBSTITUTE(MID(A1,IF(ISERROR(FIND("-",A1)),1,FIND("-",A1)+1),255),"""","")))/12

When I use that formula for those values I get:
1/2"____ 0.0416666666666667
3/8"____ 0.03125
11/16"__ 0.0572916666666667

What am I missing?

***********
Regards,
Ron

XL2002, WinXP-Pro


"Biff" wrote:

Pretty close, Ron.

It crashes on entries like:

1/2"
3/8"
11/16"

It evaluates as the date serial number divided by 12:

1/2 = 38719/12 = 3226.583

I thought the OP wanted to convert to decimal inches. At least that's what
the example in the post indicates.

Biff

"Ron Coderre" wrote in message
...
It's not pretty, but near as I can tell, this formula handles all of your
posted examples:

For a value in A1
B1:
=--IF(ISERROR(FIND("'",A1)),0,IF(COUNTIF(A1,"*/*")*(COUNTIF(A1,"*'")0),"0
","")&LEFT(A1,FIND("'",A1)-1))+IF(ISERROR(FIND("""",A1)),0,--(IF(COUNTIF(A1,"*/*")*(COUNTIF(A1,"*
*/*")=0),"0
","")&SUBSTITUTE(MID(A1,IF(ISERROR(FIND("-",A1)),1,FIND("-",A1)+1),255),"""","")))/12

That works as long as "they" don't use fractions greater than 1 for FEET
(eg
1 1/2')

Is that something you can work with?

***********
Regards,
Ron

XL2002, WinXP-Pro


"dingy101" wrote:

Hi,

1'-7 3/8"
1'-10"
1' - would be 1'-0", not 12"
2 1/2"
8"
1/2" - rare but possible, not in this set , but in future
10' -0 15/32" - also possible, 2 digits in feet and fraction in 32 nds
These items have been manually entered into a worksheet, came from
Autocad
drawings.
I have about six sheets with about 500 entries. I need to total items to
get
a figure for amount of steel to purchase.

I appreciate your efforts, I am suprised there is not a "set" way to do
this.

Thanks,
Gary

"Biff" wrote:

Ok, just to give you an idea of how "brutal" this is:

Just for this single format:

1'-7 3/8"

Requires this formula: (it could be slightly reduced as I wrote it with
the
intention of including all the possible formats)

=IF(ISNUMBER(FIND("'",A10)),LEFT(A10,FIND("'",A10)-1)*12,0)+IF(COUNT(FIND({"-","
"},A10))=2,MID(A10,FIND("-",A10)+1,FIND("
",A10)-1-FIND("-",A10)),0)+IF(COUNT(FIND({"
","/"},A10))=2,MID(A10,FIND("
",A10)+1,FIND("/",A10)-1-FIND("
",A10))/MID(A10,FIND("/",A10)+1,FIND("""",A10)-1-FIND("/",A10)),0)

A single formula that accounts for all the possible formats would be a
real
nightmare! Which leads me to ask about ALL THE POSSIBLE formats. You
listed
these:

2 1/2"
8"
10 1/2"
1'-7 3/8"

But I came up these:

1'-7 3/8"
1'-10"
1'
2 1/2"
8"
1/2"

How about if the measurement is one foot. Will that be entered as 12"
or 1'
(as I have listed above) ?

Where do these values come from? Are they manually entered by a user?
Are
they imported from some other app? Copy/pasted from a web site?

If you could enter each unit of measure into separate cells this would
be a
piece of cake!

If they are from some other app and you can't parse them out, then.....

I would recommend a separate formula breaking each measure into a
separate
cell then summing those cells together. For example, one cell to
calculate
the feet, one cell for the whole inches and one cell for the fractional
inches. The formulas for the inches would still be kind of long and
ugly!

There's just too many different formats to contend with!

Before I continue with this let me know what you think and let me know
ALL
the possible formats. It can be done but it ain't easy.

Biff

"dingy101" wrote in message
...
No,

2 1/2"
8"
10 1/2"
1'-7 3/8"

These are the different configurations.

Gary

"Biff" wrote:

Is the format ALWAYS the same?

In other words, will there ALWAYS be some feet, some inches and some
fraction of an inch?

Biff

"dingy101" wrote in message
...
Is there a way to convert a value in a cell that is 2'-3 1/2"
to a
decimal such as 27.5" ?

excel 2003 SP2

Thanks
Gary












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