#### pulling certain characters from a string of text

```I need to look up "certain critera" within a string of characters, then
return that "certain criterea" to a new column.
Some examples of a strings of characters may look like these:
K5J091509001
Sample PO#S881009
K55sample PO
CarrieRJR
TJ5
My "Certain Critera" I have listed on another sheet, named "REP ID"
K5J
S88
K55
RJR
TJ5
How do I pull out the 3 characters of "Certain Criterea" from the string of
text and copy or enter it into a new column?
```
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12/10/2009 7:20:01 PM
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```Hi,
=left(a1,3)

"SaraMack" wrote:

> I need to look up "certain critera" within a string of characters, then
> return that "certain criterea" to a new column.
> Some examples of a strings of characters may look like these:
> K5J091509001
> Sample PO#S881009
> K55sample PO
> CarrieRJR
> TJ5
> My "Certain Critera" I have listed on another sheet, named "REP ID"
> K5J
> S88
> K55
> RJR
> TJ5
> How do I pull out the 3 characters of "Certain Criterea" from the string of
> text and copy or enter it into a new column?
```
 0
Utf
12/10/2009 7:28:02 PM
```Looks like you might have to use several formulas depending on the line/row
you are on.
Assuming your data begins in A2 and is consistant as you listed it you could
do something like this for each row and then copy/paste values into a new
sheet:

K5J091509001	=LEFT(A2,3)
Sample PO#S881009	=MID(A3,SEARCH("#",A3,1)+1,3)
K55sample PO	=LEFT(A4,3)
CarrieRJR	=RIGHT(A5,3)
TJ5	=TRIM(A6)

Hope that helps.

Frank

"SaraMack" wrote:

> I need to look up "certain critera" within a string of characters, then
> return that "certain criterea" to a new column.
> Some examples of a strings of characters may look like these:
> K5J091509001
> Sample PO#S881009
> K55sample PO
> CarrieRJR
> TJ5
> My "Certain Critera" I have listed on another sheet, named "REP ID"
> K5J
> S88
> K55
> RJR
> TJ5
> How do I pull out the 3 characters of "Certain Criterea" from the string of
> text and copy or enter it into a new column?
```
 0
Utf
12/10/2009 7:36:02 PM
```It's never consistant.  This is the problem I'm having! Sales Reps enter
their 3 character id with a bunch of other junk as a reference.  I just need
their 3 letter Id pulled out to do a vlookup with that information.

like RepID K5J could be nested anywhere within a string of text
12/10/09K5J PO#
K5J121009001
121009001K5J
Sample PO#K5J
KenREPIDK5J1210

and I have 100's of REP ID's listed on another sheet.

Do you know what I mean?
"FrankWood" wrote:

> Looks like you might have to use several formulas depending on the line/row
> you are on.
> Assuming your data begins in A2 and is consistant as you listed it you could
> do something like this for each row and then copy/paste values into a new
> sheet:
>
> K5J091509001	=LEFT(A2,3)
> Sample PO#S881009	=MID(A3,SEARCH("#",A3,1)+1,3)
> K55sample PO	=LEFT(A4,3)
> CarrieRJR	=RIGHT(A5,3)
> TJ5	=TRIM(A6)
>
>
> Hope that helps.
>
> Frank
>
>
> "SaraMack" wrote:
>
> > I need to look up "certain critera" within a string of characters, then
> > return that "certain criterea" to a new column.
> > Some examples of a strings of characters may look like these:
> > K5J091509001
> > Sample PO#S881009
> > K55sample PO
> > CarrieRJR
> > TJ5
> > My "Certain Critera" I have listed on another sheet, named "REP ID"
> > K5J
> > S88
> > K55
> > RJR
> > TJ5
> > How do I pull out the 3 characters of "Certain Criterea" from the string of
> > text and copy or enter it into a new column?
```
 0
Utf
12/10/2009 8:22:02 PM

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