Text Functions

Excel TEXT functions return a number in a specified number format

How to split text string at specific character in Excel

To split a text string at a certain character, you can use a combination of the LEFT, RIGHT, LEN, and FIND functions. Formula =LEFT(text,FIND(character,text)-1) Explanation In the example shown, the formula in C5 is: =LEFT(B5,FIND(“_”,B5)-1) And the formula in D5 is: =RIGHT(B5,LEN(B5)-FIND(“_”,B5)) How these formulas work The first formula uses the FIND function to locate… read more »

How to split text with delimiter in Excel

To split text at an arbitrary delimiter (comma, space, pipe, etc.) you can use a formula based on the TRIM, MID, SUBSTITUTE, REPT, and LEN functions. Formula =TRIM(MID(SUBSTITUTE(A1,delim,REPT(” “,LEN(A1))),(N-1)*LEN(A1)+1,LEN(A1))) Explanation In the example shown, the formula in C5 is: =TRIM(MID(SUBSTITUTE($B5,”|”,REPT(” “,LEN($B5))),(C$4-1)*LEN($B5)+1,LEN($B5))) Note: references to B5 and C4 are mixed references to allow the formula to be copied… read more »

How to strip html from text or numbers in Excel

To strip html or other markup from values in cells, you can use the MID function. Formula =MID(text,start,LEN(text)-markup_len) Explanation In the example shown, the formula in C5 is: =MID(B5,4,LEN(B5)-7) How this formula works The MID function returns characters using a fixed starting point and ending point. In this case, the markup consists of the html… read more »

How to strip non-numeric characters in Excel

To remove non-numeric characters from a text string, you can try this experimental formula based on the TEXTJOIN function, new in Excel 2016. Formula {=TEXTJOIN(“”,TRUE,IFERROR(MID(A1,ROW(INDIRECT(“1:100″)),1)+0,””))} Note: TEXTJOIN will return the numbers as text, for example “100,”500″, etc. If you want a true numeric result, add zero, or wrap the entire formula in the VALUE function. TEXTJOIN was added in… read more »

How to strip numeric characters from cell in Excel

To remove numeric characters from a text string, you can try this experimental formula based on the TEXTJOIN function, new in Excel 2016. Formula {=TEXTJOIN(“”,TRUE,IF(ISERR(MID(A1,ROW(INDIRECT(“1:100”)),1)+0), MID(A1,ROW(INDIRECT(“1:100″)),1),””))} Explanation In the example shown, the formula in C5 is: =TEXTJOIN(“”,TRUE,IF(ISERR(MID(B5,ROW(INDIRECT(“1:100”)),1)+0), MID(B5,ROW(INDIRECT(“1:100″)),1),””)) Note: this is an array formula and must be entered with control + shift + enter. How… read more »

How to translate letters to numbers in Excel

To translate letters in a string to numbers, you can use an array formula based on the TEXTJOIN and VLOOKUP functions, with a defined translation table to provide the necessary lookups. Formula {=TEXTJOIN(“”,1,VLOOKUP(T(IF(1,MID(A1,ROW(INDIRECT(“1:”&LEN(A1))),1))),xtable,2,0))} Explanation In the example shown, the formula in C5 is: {=TEXTJOIN(“”,1,VLOOKUP(T(IF(1,MID(B5,ROW(INDIRECT(“1:”&LEN(B5))),1))),xtable,2,0))} where “xtable” is the named range E5:F10. Note: this is an array formula and must… read more »

How to remove trailing slash from url in Excel

To remove a trailing slash from a URL or path, you can use a formula based on the LEFT and LEN functions. Formula =LEFT(url,LEN(B4)-(RIGHT(url)=”/”)) Explanation In the example shown, the formula in cell C6 is: =LEFT(B4,LEN(B4)-(RIGHT(B4)=”/”)) How this formula works At the core, this formula uses the LEFT function to return text starting from the… read more »

How to strip protocol and trailing slash from URL in Excel

To remove the protocol (i.e. http://, ftp://, etc.) and trailing slash from a URL, you can use a formula based on the MID, FIND, and LEN functions. Formula =MID(url,FIND(“//”,url)+2,LEN(url)-FIND(“//”,url)-1-(RIGHT(url)=”/”)) Explanation In the example shown, the formula in C5 is: =MID(B4,FIND(“//”,B4)+2,LEN(B4)-FIND(“//”,B4)-1-(RIGHT(B4)=”/”)) How this formula works The core of this formula is the MID function, which extracts… read more »

How to get top level domain (TLD) in Excel

To extract the top level domain (called “TLD”)  from a list of domain names or email addresses, you can use a rather complex formula that uses several functions. In the formula below, domain represents a domain or email address in normal “dot” syntax. Formula =RIGHT(domain,LEN(domain)-FIND(“*”,SUBSTITUTE(domain,”.”,”*”, LEN(domain)-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(domain,”.”,””))))) Explanation In the example, the active cell contains this formula:… read more »

How to get page from URL in Excel

To extract the page, or the part of a path after the last forward slash (/), you can use a formula based on several Excel functions: TRIM, RIGHT, SUBSTITUTE, and REPT. Formula =TRIM(RIGHT(SUBSTITUTE(url,”/”,REPT(” “,100)),100)) Explanation In the example shown, the formula in C5 is: =TRIM(RIGHT(SUBSTITUTE(B5,”/”,REPT(” “,100)),100)) How this formula works At the core, this formula… read more »

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