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I have a column where the cells contain V11, C139, D27 etc. I need to strip the letters out so that I can apply the MAX formula to the entire column. The entries are also entered as text so I will need to remove the apostrophe. I have only just discovered the text/value toggle so, unwittingly, I have been entering text instead of "value" (number). I have formatted the column as "number" and have tried highlighting the cells and toggling to "AUTO" but the damned apostrophe remains.
Anyone out there who can help?

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Hi,

Am Tue, 17 Sep 2013 09:46:47 +0100 schrieb Quilp:

I have a column where the cells contain V11, C139, D27 etc. I need to
strip the letters out so that I can apply the MAX formula to the entire
column. The entries are also entered as text so I will need to remove
the apostrophe. I have only just discovered the text/value toggle so,
unwittingly, I have been entering text instead of "value" (number). I
have formatted the column as "number" and have tried highlighting the
cells and toggling to "AUTO" but the damned apostrophe remains.


if your values are in column B then insert an empty column right from B
and enter following formula:
=--RIGHT(B1,COUNT(RIGHT(B1,COLUMN(1:1))*1))
and enter the array formula with CTRL+Shift+Enter and copy down. Select
this column and copy it, then insert = Paste special = Paste values
and delete column B.
If formatting doesn't work click on column header, format the column
with your wished format and choose Data = TextToColumns = Fixed Width
= Finish


Regards
Claus B.
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Office 2003 SP2 /2007 Ultimate SP2
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Old September 18th 13, 10:14 AM
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if your values are in column B then insert an empty column right from B
and enter following formula:
=--RIGHT(B1,COUNT(RIGHT(B1,COLUMN(1:1))*1))
and enter the array formula with CTRL+Shift+Enter and copy down. Select
this column and copy it, then insert = Paste special = Paste values
and delete column B.
If formatting doesn't work click on column header, format the column
with your wished format and choose Data = TextToColumns = Fixed Width
= Finish


Regards
Claus B.
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Win XP PRof SP2 / Vista Ultimate SP2
Office 2003 SP2 /2007 Ultimate SP2[/quote]

I am sorry Claus but I still can't get this to work - no doubt due to my lack of experience of worksheets.
However, I have now done it the hard way - I have deleted both the letter and the apostrophe from each of the 400 or so cells, one by one, using the delete key. It took me ages but now I have been able to use the Max formula.

I have saved a copy of my worksheet as an "Exercise Sheet" which I will use to practice on in order to learn more about spreadsheets and, hopefully, to enable me to follow forum members suggestions in the future.!


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