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    Question How to extract text from a VBA string

    Hi All,

    Would anyone know how to extract from a VBA string variable, from between the FIRST comma+space and the FIRST closed parenthesis below?

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    so that the result would be...

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    PS: After the 1st comma, there can be from 0 to unlimited amount of commas.

    I thought this would be a simple one to figure out or find in the forums, but I've had a hard time getting the above result...

    Thanks so much,
    JMC
    Last edited by jmccoughlin; 12-19-2015 at 02:54 PM.

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    Re: How to extract text from a string

    If your string is in A1 you can use this:

    =MID(A1,FIND(", ",A1)+2,FIND(")",A1)-FIND(", ",A1)-2)

    Hope this helps.

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    Re: How to extract text from a string

    To get the text after the first X in a string, =MID(A1, FIND("X", A1&$"X")+1, 255)

    To get the text before the first Y in a string =LEFT(A1,FIND("Y", A1&"Y")-1)

    To get the text after the first ", "

    =MID(A1, FIND(", ", A1&$", ")+1, 255)

    To get the text (from that string) before the first ")"

    =LEFT(MID(A1, FIND(", ", A1&$", ")+2, 255), FIND(")", MID(A1, FIND(", ", A1&$", ")+2, 255)&")")-1)
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    Question Re: How to extract text from a string

    Is it possible to extract the text from a VBA variable string (which is currently called "originalString") instead of referencing a specific cell?

    If this is possible, can the result should go into a new string, called "result"?


    FYI: I'm writing a loop that reads in "originalString" from an external file.

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    Re: How to extract text from a string

    If you are doing this in VBA, its much easier.


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    Question Re: How to extract text from a string

    Thank you, Mike! This works perfectly*!

    Almost: I meant to add one caveat. I'll post that caveat in my next message below.
    Last edited by jmccoughlin; 12-19-2015 at 03:17 PM. Reason: correction

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    Question Re: How to extract text from a string

    Thank you, Mike! This works perfectly...but I forgot to add one caveat

    originalString can be "IQR (Sec 2.2, Table, Row 2, Col 2) Need to delete 2nd space between 'be' and 'provided' (Sev 4, Pri 4)"
    or it can be
    originalString can be "IQR (GLOBALCOMMENT) Need to delete 2nd space between 'be' and 'provided' (Sev 4, Pri 4)"

    If there is no comma between the 1st parenthesis, can "Result" be null/blank?

    Thank you again,
    JMC

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