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Length Of A Cell With Fixed Characters Including Spaces

Hello All, I have a column where cells need to be 50 characters long, it contains addresses, however, since all the addresses do not meat the criteria, I need to add (blank spaces) to reach the 50 characters, any idea on how to approach this?


Fire Street #50 this cell contains 17 characters therefore I need to add the rest by adding blank spaces to reach 50 characters, otherwise the system I am exporting the data will not understand this cell

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Hello All

I wonder if you could help with this one, I have a list of data like this (no spaces or other characters)


What I need to do is split each of the characters in to its own cell

if JN551122B was in cell A1 I'd want to return:

B2 C2 D2 E2 F2 G2 H2 I2 J2
J N 5 5 1 1 2 2 B

The nearest I have got is the right function, but it brings over the preceeding characters, and I need each character in its own cell. Hopefully I could copy/paste a formula and change the reference for each cell value, i.e. 1 would return J, 2 = N, 3 = 5, 4 = 5 etc.

Thanks for your help!


I am looking for a formula to remove special characters and spaces from a cell

I have been using "substitute" but this requires me to know which character I want to remove and this isn't always known

I have tried looking at some macro solutions but became lost quite quickly

Any help would be much appreciated


i have a cell i have to check if it contains six characters. I have a list of data that i need to narrow down to six characters. I have successfully done that, but some of the cell has 5, 6, or 7 characters. The list contains about 600 cells, but i don't have time to format them individually. I want to create a formula that returns true or false if the cell contains 6 characters and false if it is above or below 6.

Can somebody help me, i'm new to excel!


I have several rows of text data, the first 17 characters of which are in this format (4 letters_-_DD.MM.YYYY

It's then followed by a variable number of characters i.e.


I would be grateful for a formula that will delete all characters to the right of the 17th character (i.e. the '3').

Many thanks!

Hey everyone - how would I create an IF statement that looks at the first two text characters of a particular cell?

I am looking for a formula to remove special characters (like ' , " & - ) in a sheet.
Thank you.

Hi all,

I'm trying to extract all the text in a cell which is on the right side of a comma (,)

Currently I am using this formula,


However it sometimes is missing some of the data after the , and sometimes pulling a few characters before the ,

any suggestions on how to correct my formula please?

Thanks in advance.

This is my first post in these forums.
I am trying to create a formula which will look at the data in columns A - I (50 rows) and copy this data to columns K - S but ignoring any blank cells. Thereby consolidating the data in the upper rows with no spaces.
I am sure there is a relativley simple answer but it is driving me mad!
Hope you "Guru's" can help


Added example spreadsheet to aid assistance.


I'm a bit of a newbie with Excel, but...

I have several cells with data that contain both letters and numbers (4H, 8V, 4FH, etc.) What I want to do is remove only the text characters from these cells, and add the remaining number values together among a series of cells with this data type.

If your answer involves using a macro or VB, please provide a link on how to use the formula. I've never used a macro or VB.


Hi Everyone,
I have searched online and in help but can't seem to find the best solution...

I have values like 00904BB303D6 that need to become: 00:90:4B:B3:03:D6 (the value is always 12 digits, and the : needs to appear every two digits.) Is there a formula that can easily do this for me? Your suggestions are greatly appreciated!

Thanks in advance!!!!

Hi there,

I have a spreadsheet with some cells setup with a drop-down list containing
Y, N or N/A

This is being used on a TabletPC but if I make a mistake or need to change
back to a blank field I have to invoke the soft keyboard, activate the cell
and hit backspace then close the soft keyboard - quite a long-winded
procedure just to change an incorrect choice!

What I would like to do is add a blank to the list so if I have to revert
back to a blank I can just use the stylus to choose a blank from the chooser

How do I add the option of inputting a blank from the Data Validation List
bearing in mind I am using the Data Validation Source box for entering my
choices directly and not specifying a range of cells?

I have tried adding "" and even a space to no avail.

Although not a betting man I would wager there is a simple 'fix' for this
but things are only simple if you know how in the first instance! ;^)

Thanks & regards,

I have AplphaNumeric part numbers that sometimes contain hyphens or decimals. In order to make them more searchable (since people don't always use the hyphens or decimals properly when they search) I would like to create all the possible variants of the part number, but with one formula.

So AHW18.787 becomes AHW18 787 and AHW18787 with

=SUBSTITUTE(A1,"."," ") and
=SUBSTITUTE(A1,".","") respectively, and

AHRTW-A18-7007 becomes AHRTW A18 7007 and AHRTWA187007 with

=SUBSTITUTE(A1,"-"," ") and

What I need to be able to do is merge these formulas into one, so that no matter what format the part number is in A1, I get a version of it with spaces in B1, and a version of it with no spaces in C1. I just have not been able to nest it all together - is it even possible with this command?


Hello gurus!

Here's my question...I have a list of numbers and I want to know how many combinations (and what they are) of adding the numbers will equal an amount.
List of Numbers

Amount to be reached = 12

These are some of the possible combinations to reach 12 :

Is there a function in Excel that will do this for me? I want to know which numbers (i.e. cells) can be added to reach 12. AND, if possible, colorcode the cells added for each combination.

Good luck and thanks!!

I would like to create a formula that removes a specific character if it appears in a cell. In this case, if the text in the name cell starts with * or #, remove it. Otherwise, keep the contents intact. Examples:


Text in Cell     Desired Results
*Bobby Abreu      Bobby Abreu
#Erick Aybar      Erick Aybar
Jason Bartlett    Jason Bartlett

Is there a formula that will get me where I want to be?



I need to find data in two different formats within a column


Webb Christopher

Greer Nancy

I need to find cells with text that have more than one space between the first and last names; and cells with text that have only one space between the first and last names.

I am fairly new to excel. I can find the space after the first word but cannot tell it to find ones that say have a space then another string of text.

Thank you for your help!

I am a new user and trying to setup a database in excel. I can select all addresses and copy but when trying to paste into excel it does so in 1 cell.

Is there a way I can paste the separate email id's into individual cells so I don't have to do it individually?

Many thanks

I have two columns in my spreadsheet. Column A has no blank fields, Column B has some blank fields. I would like to show the text from Column A in the same row of Column B only when Column B is blank.

So, basically I'm after: If column B has text, do nothing. If column B is blank, then list text from Column A.

Right now I've created Column C with this formula =IF(ISBLANK(B1), A1. That's working to get the text from A1 when B1 is blank. What can I do/add to get it pull the text from B1 if there is text there? Or...is there a better approach altogether?

In Excel there is a difference between cells that are blank (= "") and that are empty. You can make blank cells empty by selecting them and pressing the delete key, but I need a fast way to do this on all blank cells in a large worksheet. The only way I have found is with a VBA macro that loops through every cell, tests for '.Value = "" ' and then uses the '.Clear()' function, but doing this on 30 columns x 10000 rows is far too slow. Any solutions?

(The reason I need to do this is for importing into Access, the database treats empty cells as NULL which is what I want. Blank (but not empty) cells screw the import process up.)

From limited experience I know that excel calculates dates via serial numbers.

I have formulas to add a number of days to a cell containing an entered date and display the resulting new date (ie. 03/01/2011 (c34)+11 = 03/12/2011)

I am seeking to leave resulting formula cell blank until a date is entered in the input cell. Currently when the input cell is empty the formula cell obviously displays 1/11/1900 using the above example.

What conditional format would achieve leaving the formula cell blank until date data in entered into the source cell?

Hopefully a simpler question for your experience level than mine.