Parsing Strings In VBA

Apr 3, 2007

I am trying to parse employee names into seperate string variables in order to display surname, first name and middle name in seperate fields on a form.

The format of the full name is "Surname, First Name, Middle Name (If any)

I have managed to deal with surname and firstname but I am stumped on middle name. Not all employees will have a middle name but for those who do, I need to parse it.


Parsing Data Strings Into Columns

May 4, 2009

I have a spreadsheet that gathers information from multiple cells and strings the data into a long string - each piece of data broken by a comma in the string.

In another spreadsheet, I copy this data string into column A on sheet 1 - starting on row 2 and down.

On sheet 2 - and this is where I need help - I would like to have a macro that will take each data string on Sheet 1 column A and parse it out into multiple columns but the same row on Sheet 2.

ColumnA Row2 Sheet1 -> changing to many columns on Sheet2 but still on the same row.

The data string always represents the same number of data components - its just a matter of breaking it out and placing each data piece into its own column.

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in vba. is left and right the only way to extract substring?

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Mar 28, 2006

I am trying to split up a cell into numbers and charachters and place them in
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For example, one cell could be 5#, 10Tins, 4 lb, 100Pcs, etc.
I would like to be able to pull out the #, Tins, lb, and Pcs in to their
own column.

I have found this formula:

but it assumes some level of consistency, the "-" in the cell.

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Attached is an incredibly simplified example of what I'm looking for.

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Dec 16, 2013

I have an excel worksheet with about 10K rows of data in column A.

I have also another list of data, about 200 rows of data, in column G.

I need to color each cell in column A that contains, anywere in the string, any of the data strings in column G.

in column A
row 1:
row 2:
row 3:
row 4:

in column G:
row 1: help
row 2: info
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I need rows 1, 3 and 4 in column A to be colored.

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Nov 16, 2008

I am trying to figure out how to parse some strings. Example of strings

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Jan 8, 2007

I have a parts list which came from one source in the format below. First column is the name of a product, the following columns show what components and what quantity go into the product:

Small Fruit Basket Apples 2 Oranges 3 Bananas 4
Large Fruit Basket Pears 5 Peaches 6 Mangos 2

The format I need it to be in is below, but I don't know how to go about it or if it's even possible:

Small Fruit Basket Apples 2
Small Fruit Basket Oranges 3
Small Fruit Basket Bananas 4
Large Fruit Basket Pears 5
Large Fruit Basket Peaches 6
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Jul 2, 2009

I have a text file that has data at various time steps say 0,1,2,3 etc. In each loop, the output data is recoreded that contains numbers and strings. I want to parse certain info from this text file.

Say I am interested in reading the data for very last time step, so when I open the text file for reading, I want to move down to the Time Step 3 line. Then I want to read the text line by line, any time I encounter the word WIND, I want to skip five spaces and pick up the number that appears there. I want to paste this value to say cell A1 in a sheet called ParsedData. I want to continue reading till the end while picking all such values and filling the ParsedData sheet A2, A3, A4 ... cells till the end.

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Aug 5, 2009

I have arrived at the following in order to find the 5th "bar" in the data (samples below) :-

STR|6|L||396|3| STR|4|L|114|396|3| NHF||||1463|175| RND|4|H|111|2352|49|

Is it possible to reduce the repetition within the formula?

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Jun 21, 2007

if i have to search for some special character in a string and i use Instr function then which of the following is the correct way. Lets say i have to search for "****" in the string





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Jan 24, 2010

I'm looking to set a limit to the parse though.

For example:
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Something x2345 is good
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Oct 13, 2008

macro that will parse data that has been pasted in to Excel from a text document. Once the macro is executed the pasted data will be sent to a separate spreadsheet and parsed horizontally with the data residing in is respective cell.

Here is an example of my data from text:
FIRST: Frank
LAST: Stien
STREET: Halloween
ZIP CODE: 123456
CITY: Scaryville
STATE: Scary Ya
COUNTRY: Transilvania

Here is an example of my desired results:
A2:Frank, B2:N, C2:Stien, D2:APT14, E2:Halloween, F2:123456, G2:Scaryville, H2:ScaryYa, I2: Transilvania, J2:N/A

The data is always pasted in A2 on the first sheet, and varies somewhat in length but the format is always the same.

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Oct 9, 2009

I have been given a set of data from one of our clients with company and address information in a Microsoft Word document. The data is not formatted into fields delimited by either a comma or tab and none of the fields has a heading of any sort. The data flows vertically rather than horizontally. I have imported the data into Excel in the hopes of being able to break out the data into an Excel or csv format in which the data can be imported into a Filemaker Pro database. Its format is the following:

Company Name (cell A:1)
Address (cell A:2)
City (cell A:3)
State (cell A:4)
Zip (cell A:5)
telephone (cell A:6)

I have tried recording a macro that moves the data from cell A:1 into cell B:1, then cell A:7 into cell B:2, etc. But have failed to get a macro to work that runs through all of the data in column A:A. The data is consistent - that is, there are only the 6 rows of data. Is it possible to write a code that moves the data from cell A:1 (the company name) into cell B:1, then skips 6 rows to cell A:7 (the next instance of a company name) and moves cell A:7 into cell B:2. The same procedure would then be run on the address, city, zip, and telephone.

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Nov 28, 2009

I am attempting to automatically (once a week) pull down the data from this site ( which is posted in a csv and parse it. While this may seem to be a simple process, the people who posted the CSV did not take into account that there are dollar values in the data in the millions and billions. As a result, a normal comma parse does not work since it splits the values.

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Mar 21, 2012

Here is an example of some data I need to parse.

IN: CS, Test 2A-1, CBL, PHL, South Penn I/L, Loc P10, 49C-Loc P11B, AP 1.5

That code that I have so far:

select t.description,
REGEXP_SUBSTR(t.DESCRIPTION, '[^,]+', 1, 1) col_1,
REGEXP_SUBSTR(t.DESCRIPTION, '[^,]+', 1, 2) col_2,
REGEXP_SUBSTR(t.DESCRIPTION, '[^,]+', 1, 3) col_3,

[Code] .......

I have 2 problems:

1st problem is that for COL 7, all i want in there is the "49C", I'm currently getting " 49C-Loc P11B".

My ultimate goal is to get any number that is before the C and the C itself. The number before the C could be 1 to 3 digits.

2nd problem is Column 9. That snipit of data will always start with an "A", have another alpha, then a space, then a number. I'm trying to just get the number.

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Dec 8, 2006

It's been a long time, but I use to parse a string in C.
How do you strip off the long directory path of a string to just the filename and extension?

String Example:
S:2006 jobs602f EID Bass Lake Recycle BPSConstructionSubmittal Review16940-Instrumentation602f-16940-01.rev.doc

Wanted result:

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Jun 13, 2008


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Mar 13, 2009

In general it looks like this: All in one column

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pass paid $125
ground 1.2 flight .9
checkout flight 1.2 paid $76

I need to extract the numbers with a $ sign into a separate column. to look like this:

flight 1.1
flight 1.2 paid $50 owes $100...........50..........100
flight 1.5 paid $80...........................80
pass paid $125...............................125
ground 1.2 flight .9
checkout flight 1.2 paid $76...............76

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May 4, 2006

I'm creating a table to store a large amount of data that will be continously updated over time. The table however will be viewed from a website, not as an Excel document, and I found a great add-in that generates small, clean HTML code to that end.

I'd like to do something else a little more tricky however ( for me ). I'd like every item in the first column to automatically hyperlink to a predesignated URL, and then parse the contents of that cell onto the end of the web address. If the cell contained multiple words, it would parse "+" between each word to create the proper address. The hyperlinks will be fetching database information from an exterior website.

For example, Column1 Row1 might say "Dog", so a hyperlink would be generated to [url] Column1 Row2 might say "Red Corvette", so a hyperlink would be generated to [url]

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May 1, 2013

I need some type of vba or macro that can extract text in between html tags from a list of URL's.

For example

I have a list of urls in column A

Columns B,C,D,E - are where different types of information from the website will go.

So B contains values of text between a <title> tag </title>
C will contain values of text between a <object> tag </object>

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Jun 3, 2014

I would like to parse the below :

Say this appears in A column , I want to parse all the characters appearing after the numbers (i.e., 8.625% /5.875%/6.125% ) in B column - Any excel formula ??

Alere Inc. 8.625% October 1, 2018
Delphi Corporation 5.875% May 15, 2019
Delphi Corporation 6.125% May 15, 2021

So B should column like below

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Mar 27, 2014

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See the attachment for examples ... Cust Address with unprintable characters.xlsx

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Jun 10, 2014

Column M:
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I need to parse out the different parts of Column M.

In Column R -- "Close Date", I'm successfully using:
=LEFT(M2,FIND(" | ",M2)-1) extract the close date of the donation.

In Column S, I want to list the donor name--which is all of the text after " | ", and before the "-".

I don't need anything after the hyphen, and fortunately in this data, no one's name has a hyphen in it.

The Close Date is working fine for the LEFT and FIND functions, but for the life of me, I can't seem to get MID to work for the variable-length text. The text will always start in the same position -- 14, as the date and delimiter are standardized. And the last 5 characters of the text are not variable in length, so they can be cut out completely.

How do I use MID to extract everything starting at position 14, and stopping 5 characters short of the end of the text?

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I have an address field that is concatenated as such that the city name is attached to the end of the street name as follows:

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I have over 200 of these with different addresses and cities in my workbook so it's not always the same length. How can I grab the city out of this string? Is there a way to key on the capital letter of the city? Or is there another way?

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Feb 11, 2014

I am trying to parse a section of html into excel but I don't know how to parse into a new row with each pattern rotation. I can do this both in Word and notepad++, but I can't find the same function of replace-with-line-break in excel's find-and-replace box.

Original html extract:

Results I need:

There is only one line as such in the entire page, so I don't need to loop through "blocks" of html codes with multiple lines.

I have had a look around and not sure what would be a good way to tackle this. RegEx (how to do it in excel macro)? HTML tags parsing (but these are not strictly tags)? I need to extract the correct section from page source as well, but I imagine this shouldn't be too hard. The url to the page I am extracting from is [URL] ........

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Nov 16, 2009

to separate a very large excel file into multiple files based on what's in a single column.

I am an intern at my district school board and I'd love to know if there is a way to do this.

In the attached file the first tab is an example of some of the information I have in my file. My file is thousands of rows larger. The next few tabs are examples of new files (not just new tabs) That I would like separated and saved somewhere on my hard drive.

Notice the files are split up based on the student.

Is there a way to parse out this information into new files? The file is huge and I need it to do this automatically. If it isn't possible to save new files, is it possible to parse out the students into new tabs? But I have too many students I think. How many Sheet Tabs can you have in 1 file?

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Feb 20, 2010

I have the fopllowing situation: My vendor supplies me with a csv file with all of the products/descriptions/price/categories each week. I need to import this information into a database which is working fine, but the problem I have is the vendor is putting the manufacturer as a category also. which creates 1,750 categories. Not very user friendly.

Column A
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Column B
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California Exotic Novelties
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Jan 21, 2013

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I am currently using a code which allows me to export data based upon unique values of column N but how to weave in an additional pre-filter criteria of Column Y value being "ACTIVE".

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I have a series of codes, such as:


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There are any number of dashes and slashes within the code, however, there are none at the beginning or end of the code.

The slashes will be always surronded by dashes eg xxx-xx/xy-xxx.

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Dec 5, 2008

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My first column has multiple names and need to separate the names into separate cells. Some names have a comma or semi-column separating them, some have the word "and" separating them. Most of the names are listed as last name, first name. (Some are not and I will have to deal wtih that later.)

Row 1:
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Row 2:
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I'm sure is a multiple part process. Is there a formula for placing anything separated by a comma into a new cell, or placing a tab between the names?

Ultimately this data will be placed in database from which to search for a name and article, etc.

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There are specific rules for validating a "proper" IP, but for the purposes of my work, I don't need to validate. I found the following code on a google group (thanks Jeff M). All it does is parse the numeric text surrounding the 3 periods that all valid IPv4 addresses contain. For my purposes, it works ....

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Oct 23, 2009

a smart formula (no VBA) that will reverse the order of a list of names - parsing into separate columns.

The formula needs to be able to recognize/distinguish that if a comma(s) is present, then the names are listed as last, first middle. If there is a period this means the name has a middle initial or that a suffix is present. So,if the names are listed as last, first and middle then in the next columns will have in the proper order first name, middle name or initial (keep the period) and last name (loosing the comma of course).

If the original name order is in normal order - first middle and last then the formula should just pass through without any change. Would need to preserve generational titles such as Jr., Sr., III etc. Not sure where the best place for the generational titles should end up. Probably as part of the last name. See examples:

Col ACol BCol CCol D Col E
William J. ClintonWilliam J. Clinton
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James Knoll PolkJames Knoll Polk
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I have the code to find where the specific item, ie LastName, starts in the whole text. I need to retrieve everything to the right of the : before the CRLF. That's what Im having trouble with.

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Dec 12, 2009


ABCDE1Source DataDesired Result
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I'm looking for a formula which can take my original data (column A) and "transform" it into what you see in column B.

I am transferring large amounts of files from various servers to my ftp and back out again. My original data are url filenames which of course, are named differently and not how you see it in my example.

The filenames themselves are preceeded by website names and varoius folder/path names. I edit the links to include various Usernames and Passwords and at the same time, rename the original filenames. Then I transfer the files to my ftp.

Most of the files have a ".part*.rar" extension at the end, so my formula has only included this scenario. Rather than manually editing my formula everytime a different extension is present (about 20-30% of the time), I would like to find a way to automatically look at a table/list of possible extensions (D2:D7) which are to be recognized for the sake of finding the end of the filename itself, so that I can rename (SUBSTITUTE) the original filename to that of my choice (cell D13) and of course, also include the original extension(s) of the source data (keeping this is important, especially in the cases where ".part*.rar's" are present). The list of extensions in cells E2:E7 are to be excluded from the new filename.

My present formula works fine for the editing of the username and passwords for various servers and for finding the beginning of the filename in the original url. It also works fine for finding the end of the filename (for the sake of renaming it), but only in cases where a .part*.rar" is present.

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...And if I wanted to perform this function on a large batch of files is there a tool I would need to automate the process?

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