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Convert a text entry into its number equivalent


Consider this simple two column table showing text entries in column A and the corresponding numbers in column.  Assume this data is in range A2:B11 (headings are in A1:B1).

text Value
A 1
B 2
C 3
D 4
E 5
F 6
G 7
H 8
I 9
J 0

The objective is to generate the numeric code for text code of any length entered in a certain cell.  For example, a user will type a certain text code, say ABEJ and the expected result should be 1250.  For JABF, the result should be 0126.  The text entry and text length are both user determined.

With ABEJ, typed in cell D2, enter this array formula in cell E2


This formula can now be copied down for generating the numeric code for all text codes entered in column D.

Remove special characters from a string



Assume a column of names as follows:

Mohammed Zia-Ul Haque
Steven Thomas -
,-Rohit Sunil Ahir-Chowdhary.-
Anuj -----------
Sameer --
..,Mohit --
Rajeev Nair.
Monalisa . Das
Vijeta ...
--,.Anjana. M.U..,-

Please observe that there are special characters before the name, within the name and after the name.  The task is to remove special characters before and after the name.  The expected result is shown below:

Expected Result
Mohammed Zia-Ul Haque
Steven Thomas
Rohit Sunil Ahir-Chowdhary
Rajeev Nair
Monalisa . Das
Anjana. M.U

The array formula (Ctrl+Shift+Enter) to make this work is


I have solved a similar problem at this link as well but that requires the usage of an add-in.  This is so because the special characters and numbers need to be removed from within the string as well.  In other words, everything except letters need to be removed from the alphanumeric string (no matter where the numbers and special characters are - beginning, middle or at the end).

Extract City, State and Pin code from an address string


For a lot of Excel users, a common problem is to extract City, State and Pin Code from an address string.  What compounds the issue is that there is no standardisation in an address string.  For e.g., one may end the address with a Pin code, while others may end it with a State and Country.  Some other variations could be:

1. End the address with Contact Numbers
2. There are no spaces between City, State and Pin code

There are of course many other variations which are possible and the sheer number of these variations makes it difficult to list down all of them.

Here is an example of address strings from where the State, City and Pin code need to extracted in three columns:

1. F-45, Pocket 1, Sector 198, Noida - 201303, Uttar Pradesh, India
2. S-45/B, Pocket 1-C, Phase II, Sector 189, Gurgaon, Haryana - 122002
3. RR-45/B, Pocket II-S, Cross 2, Noida - 201303, India
4. T-45, Sector 198, Lucknow - 226001, Uttar Pradesh, India
5. V-45(A), Sector 193C,Allahabad-211002 Uttar Pradesh India
6. V-45(A), Sector 193C,Allahabad-211002Uttar PradeshIndia

You may refer to my solution in this workbook.

Sum data from a particular cell of last n sheets only


A number is entered in cell A1 of every sheet in a multi sheet workbook.  The task is to sum numbers in cell C2 of the Summary sheet from cell A1 of last x sheets - x is the number of sheets (mentioned in cell B2 of the Summary sheet) from which numbers have to be summed up.  So if the number entered in cell B2 of sheet is 3, then sum numbers from cell A1 of last three sheets.  Worksheets can get added, removed or renamed.

You may refer to my solution in this workbook.

Worksheet formulas in a newly copied worksheet should point to the previous worksheet


Assume a worksheet with formulas referring to the previous worksheet.  When this sheet is copied by right clicking the sheet and selecting Move or Copy > Copy, formulas in this newly created sheet, should change to refer to the previous sheet.

In other words, if sheet2 has formulas referring to sheet1, then when sheet3 is created (by Move or Copy > Copy of sheet2), the formulas in sheet3 should refer to sheet2.

You may refer to my solution and Instructions in this workbook.

Extract specific number of characters from an alphanumeric string without breaking any word


When downloading data from an ERP into Excel, a Remarks column has entries which can be as lengthy as 300 characters per cell.  Before uploading this data into another database, entries in the Remarks column need to be split into multiple cells of upto 50 characters per cell.  Furthermore, when splitting data into multiple cells, it should be ensured that no word gets split/broken.  So if the 50th character is alphabet k of the word Like, then that cell should hold words till the word which appears just before Like so that the length does not exceed 50 characters.

You may refer to my solution in the attached workbook.

Generate a list of all tabs names without using VBA


Assume an MS Excel file has 4 worksheets - Sheet1, Sheet2, Sheet3 and Sheet4.  Insert a sheet before Sheet1 and name that tab as Summary.  On the Summary tab, one may want to generate a list of all sheet names from cell C7 onwards.  Furthermore, the sheet names so generated, should be dynamic for the following changes:

1. Sheets added
2. Sheets deleted
3. Sheets renamed
4. Sheets repositioned

While this can be accomplished by using VBA, you may refer to my formula based solution here.

To generate a list of all Excel files in a specific folder, you may refer to the following post.

Extract number from an alphanumeric string


Given an alphanumeric string, one may want to perform the following

Extract phone number from the string

Assume a list of customer addresses with multiple phones numbers mentioned in the address field itself.  These numbers may be mobile numbers and/or mobile numbers.  Furthermore, PIN codes may also be mentioned in the address string.

One may want to extract only the phone numbers to another column.

You may refer to the my solution in this workbook.

Extract one specific 20 digit number from the string

Assume cell descriptions which contains two 20 digit numbers occurring anywhere in the string.  Once may want to extract only that 20 digit number which has the word New before it.

You may refer to my solution in this workbook.

Split data into multiple tabs


Assume a four column database with department as the second column.  Entries in the department column may be repeated.  A person may wish to create one worksheet tab for each department.  Therefore, as and when a person names a worksheet tab as one of the departments, all rows of that department should appear on this new sheet.

You may refer to my solution in this workbook.

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