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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

You may want to download this sheet to use for your reference.

User
15/09/2017 - 01:39

how do i download

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

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/12lB2M7pea39WHrs8NNSmsP1mBKEqMiL1p3FI-DwUq70/edit

Excelchat Expert
15/09/2017 - 01:39

You can download the sheet by going to the link above, clicking FILE > DOWNLOAD AS > Microsoft Excel (.xlsx)

User
15/09/2017 - 01:39

Thank you for your help!

Excelchat Expert
15/09/2017 - 01:40

You are welcome.

Excelchat Expert
15/09/2017 - 01:40

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Excelchat Expert
15/09/2017 - 01:40

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