# Excel - IF Function Problem - Expert Solution

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I have a column on names (A) and a column of phone numbers (B). Now I want to sort these people by country but the only information I have on their country is the area code in front of the numbers. So I, therefore, have a list of area codes. I am wondering if I import the area code list onto excel, if and how I could create some sort of formula which would sort them for me. For example, something like "IF contains +33 " but I'd also need the names to stay with their corresponding number. Hope you can help, thanks
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User 15/09/2017 - 01:28
unfortunately i cannot upload the document as it has confidential information sorry
Excelchat Expert 15/09/2017 - 01:28
Hello, I understand that you need help with sorting your infromation thru their area codes, right?
Excelchat Expert 15/09/2017 - 01:29
That's fine but I hope you understand that this will make it more difficult for both of us to resolve this and thus there won't be any guarantees.
Excelchat Expert 15/09/2017 - 01:29
Anyway, would you be able to provide a few examples so I can analyze and giv you the right solution?
User 15/09/2017 - 01:29
yeah sure
User 15/09/2017 - 01:30
so i have that
Excelchat Expert 15/09/2017 - 01:30
Okay, I noticed that the numbers don't really match. Do you have a different number system?
User 15/09/2017 - 01:30
the 44 is UK and the 33 is france
Excelchat Expert 15/09/2017 - 01:30
Like B2 is 8 numbers long
Excelchat Expert 15/09/2017 - 01:30
I meant B3 is 8, B2 is 9.
User 15/09/2017 - 01:30
then i need on sheet 2 for them to be automatically added the appropriate country
User 15/09/2017 - 01:31
they're just random phone numbers
Excelchat Expert 15/09/2017 - 01:31
But are they using the right format?
Excelchat Expert 15/09/2017 - 01:31
I mean UK really has 9 digits while france only uses 8?
User 15/09/2017 - 01:31
no
Excelchat Expert 15/09/2017 - 01:31
I need this information to provide an accurate formula.
Excelchat Expert 15/09/2017 - 01:31
Otherwise, the formula I'll be giving you may not work correctly for every entry.
User 15/09/2017 - 01:32
now the values are representative
Excelchat Expert 15/09/2017 - 01:32
Okay, thank you for that clarification.
Excelchat Expert 15/09/2017 - 01:32
It seems that we can't use the number of digits as they vary.
Excelchat Expert 15/09/2017 - 01:32
Is it always the first 2 numbers though?
User 15/09/2017 - 01:32
yes just the first 2
Excelchat Expert 15/09/2017 - 01:33
I mean, the first 2 digits are always the area code?
Excelchat Expert 15/09/2017 - 01:33
Okay.
Excelchat Expert 15/09/2017 - 01:33
Entering Explanation Phase
Excelchat Expert 15/09/2017 - 01:33
What we'll do is extract the first 2 digits of each number.
Excelchat Expert 15/09/2017 - 01:33
Then we can simply sort them out using that new helper column.
User 15/09/2017 - 01:34
ok so how is that done?
Excelchat Expert 15/09/2017 - 01:34
Please see the formula I have applied in column C.
Excelchat Expert 15/09/2017 - 01:34
It extracts the first 2 digits of the number.
Excelchat Expert 15/09/2017 - 01:34
That way, you can easily sort them.
User 15/09/2017 - 01:35
ok and then in column D how could i have something like
User 15/09/2017 - 01:35
if value = 44 then write text UK
User 15/09/2017 - 01:35
or if value is 33 write text France
Excelchat Expert 15/09/2017 - 01:35
You will first have to create a reference table.
User 15/09/2017 - 01:35
but i need that for many different codes
Excelchat Expert 15/09/2017 - 01:36
Please be advised that due to our policy we are only allowed to answer 1 question per session but since your question is a simple one, I think I can bend the rules a little so I can still help you with this.
Excelchat Expert 15/09/2017 - 01:36
What we need is a reference table.
User 15/09/2017 - 01:37
thank you
Excelchat Expert 15/09/2017 - 01:37
Please see the formula in column D.
Excelchat Expert 15/09/2017 - 01:38
It is referencing the table in columns G and H.
User 15/09/2017 - 01:38
ok
Excelchat Expert 15/09/2017 - 01:38
User 15/09/2017 - 01:39
Excelchat Expert 15/09/2017 - 01:39
If you could upload your file I can help you apply the same thing but since it is confidential I'll have to let you apply it on your own. I hope you understand.
Excelchat Expert 15/09/2017 - 01:39
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User 15/09/2017 - 01:39
Excelchat Expert 15/09/2017 - 01:40
You are welcome.
Excelchat Expert 15/09/2017 - 01:40
Alright, if you have no other questions regarding the original concern, I'd appreciate a 5-star rating if you think I deserve it. :)
Excelchat Expert 15/09/2017 - 01:40
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