The foundation of this formula is the MID function, which extracts a specific number of characters from text, starting at a specific location. To figure out where to start extracting text, we use this expression:
This locates the second parentheses in the text, and subtracts the position of the first parentheses (less one) to get the total number of characters that need to be extracted. With this information, MID extracts just the text inside the parentheses.
Finally, because we want a number as the final result in this particular example, we add zero to text value returned by MID:
This math operation causes Excel to coerce text values to numbers. If you don't need or want a number at the end, this step is not required.
Starting from the inside out, the MID function is used to extract all text after "@": MID ( B5 , FIND ( "@" , B5 ), LEN ( B5 )) The FIND function provides the starting point, and for total characters to extract, we just use LEN on the...
The first formula uses the FIND function to locate the underscore(_) in the text, then we subtract 1 to move back to the "character before the special character": FIND ( "_" , B5 ) - 1 // returns 6 In this example , FIND returns 7, so we...
In this example, the goal is to remove non-numeric characters from a text string with a formula. Working from the inside out, the MID function is used to extract the text in B5, one character at a time. The key to this step is the use of the ROW...
The Excel SEARCH function returns the location of one text string inside another. SEARCH returns the position of the first character of find_text inside within_text. Unlike FIND, SEARCH allows wildcards, and is not case-sensitive.
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