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    Question Name Formatting: Is there a better way to eliminate spaces?

    I have the following input and formula:

    In table column "inputLiveOps[Agent Full Name]" I have the following text values:

    "doej (John)" <------------- ideal scenario
    "smithd (Dennis)" <------- extra space between first initial and opening bracket
    "knoxj (Jim )" <------------ extra space between end of first name and closing bracket

    Desired results: Name in format "Last, First".

    Here is my formula:

    'Checks for empty
    =IF(inputLiveOps[@[Agent Full Name]]="","",

    'Gets last name
    PROPER(LEFT(inputLiveOps[@[Agent Full Name]],

    'Checks for extra spaces between first initial and opening bracket
    IF(RIGHT(LEFT(inputLiveOps[@[Agent Full Name]],SEARCH("(",inputLiveOps[@[Agent Full Name]])),3)=" (",

    'Value if true ie extra space
    SEARCH("(",inputLiveOps[@[Agent Full Name]])-4,

    'Value if false ie no extra space
    SEARCH("(",inputLiveOps[@[Agent Full Name]])-3)))

    'add ", " to format name as "Last, First"
    &", "

    'Get first name from between the () brackets
    &MID(inputLiveOps[@[Agent Full Name]],SEARCH("(",inputLiveOps[@[Agent Full Name]])+1,

    'if extra space after first name
    IF(RIGHT(inputLiveOps[@[Agent Full Name]],2)=" )",

    'value is extra space
    SEARCH(")",inputLiveOps[@[Agent Full Name]])-SEARCH("(",inputLiveOps[@[Agent Full Name]])-2,

    'value if no extra space
    SEARCH(")",inputLiveOps[@[Agent Full Name]])-SEARCH("(",inputLiveOps[@[Agent Full Name]])-1)))


    Is there a better way to deal with extra spaces? It seems very clumsy to have two IF statements in the middle of the formula.

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    Re: Name Formatting: Is there a better way to eliminate spaces?

    I'm kind of partial to SUBSTITUTE, and then concatenating the left and right with a space between.

    =SUBSTITUTE(LEFT(SUBSTITUTE(A1,"(",REPT(" ",100)&"("),100)," ","")&" "&SUBSTITUTE(RIGHT(SUBSTITUTE(A1,"(",REPT(" ",100)&"("),100)," ","")

    The nested substitute finds the first parenthesis, and inserts 100 spaces, left pulls the first 100 characters, and the outside sub removes all spaces.

    It then adds a space, and does the same from the right.

    Adjusted for your references:


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    Re: Name Formatting: Is there a better way to eliminate spaces?

    Hi,

    Does this work for you

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    It assumes you have stuff like
    doej (John) in A2 and down

    I realise you have a table but I much prefer to use cell refs, e.g. A2 here rather than what I think a rather cumbersome approach that you get when you let Excel decide to use a table ref and a column header. Never really understood why MS thought this was superior.
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    Re: Name Formatting: Is there a better way to eliminate spaces?

    ....sorry small correction

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    Re: Name Formatting: Is there a better way to eliminate spaces?

    Thanks daffodil11 and Richard! I need to start using SUBSTITUTE and LEN - the formula is a lot shorter that way.

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