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    Help Breaking Down and combining names

    I have an exported file from a program that has the names of the parents of our students at school. One field has mothers name (ie: Smith, Jane) and one field has the fathers name (ie: Smith, Bob). I am needing to make two different fields....Short Salutation - Bob & Jane and a Long Salutation - Mr. & Mrs. Bob Smith. Can anyone help with formulas to do this? Many Thanks!

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    Re: Help Breaking Down and combining names

    Are there middle initials involved, differing mother/father last names, other salutions like Dr, etc...?

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    Re: Help Breaking Down and combining names

    The report from the powerschool program does not give any type of salutation, so it will be just Mr. & Mrs.; however, there are some children with only a mother or father. On rare occasion we will see a middle initials such as "Jones, William F.". Thanks

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    Re: Help Breaking Down and combining names

    Try these:

    Assuming Men start in A2, Women in B2, then in C2:

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    in D2:

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    Re: Help Breaking Down and combining names

    That is great....thank you so much....One issue...on the Mr. & Mrs. I need it to read: Mr. & Mrs. Bill Jones....the wife's name is not listed. Can you help.

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    Re: Help Breaking Down and combining names

    In D2 change formula to:

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    Re: Help Breaking Down and combining names

    That is so great. You have saved me a huge amount of time. Thanks & God bless you.

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    Re: Help Breaking Down and combining names

    You are welcome

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