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    checking a cell if it contains 6 characters

    i have a cell i have to check if it contains six characters. I have a list of data that i need to narrow down to six characters. I have successfully done that, but some of the cell has 5, 6, or 7 characters. The list contains about 600 cells, but i don't have time to format them individually. I want to create a formula that returns true or false if the cell contains 6 characters and false if it is above or below 6.

    Can somebody help me, i'm new to excel!

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    Re: checking a cell if it contains 6 characters

    Use another column with this formula & copy down

    =IF(LEN(A1)=6,"True","False")
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    Re: checking a cell if it contains 6 characters

    Actually, the IF() is redundant. The test itself will return a TRUE/FALSE answer with just:

    =LEN(A1)=6

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    Re: checking a cell if it contains 6 characters

    THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!

    i cant tell you how much i appreciate your help!

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    Re: checking a cell if it contains 6 characters

    Just reading the OP's question, if you wanted to add characters to the front or cut off one of the characters this can be done too!

    =RIGHT(REPT("-",6) &RIGHT(B4,6),6)

    will pad with - or will give the right most 6 letters or just return the original if its 6 long


    =RIGHT(REPT("-",6) &LEFT(B4,6),6)

    will do the same but return the left most 6 charaters if it is above 7

    Just change the - after REPT to change the extra characters you want to add

    I may be wrong but it sounds like this might help!

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