The raw file has characters that need to be removed...
Sometimes when you run an extract, the file contains data characters that you don't want in your file list.
These could be commas, dashes, stars or any weird character that is added with source files. Want to strip this out quickly? Here is a formula that can help.
Note - there is an easier way to do this using "text to columns" - but lets keep it interesting and use just formula.
Strip out the character using formula
In cell B1 enter this formula:
=REPLACE(A1, FIND("-",A1), 1, " ")
What this is saying:
= Replace formula allows you to search within a cell to find a special character
A1 is telling the formula where the cell is that has the problem
FIND("-",A1) is telling the formula WHERE the incorrect character is
1 is saying to replace just 1 character (i.e. change the - to a space)
And finally the " " is telling the formula when you find the "-" replace it with the " "
You can have fun with this formula by saying change the "-" to a "^" by using this formula:
=REPLACE(A1, FIND("-",A1), 1, "^")
Once you are happy with it - fill the formula down you are done.
Abe Dahbache has been working with EXCEL for over 15 years. He is a Microsoft Office User Specialist and has been developing solutions in Excel for some of the worlds largest companies.