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Hi I was wondering if you can extract data from a column and insert it into another

Solved by S. C. in 60 mins

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User
13/08/2018 - 12:35

Hi

Excelchat Expert
13/08/2018 - 12:35

Hello

Excelchat Expert
13/08/2018 - 12:35

Welcome to got it pro

User
13/08/2018 - 12:35

Thanks

User
13/08/2018 - 12:35

Ok can I show you what's going on in the blank doc?

Excelchat Expert
13/08/2018 - 12:35

Sure, that would be a great help.

Excelchat Expert
13/08/2018 - 12:36

Please go ahean.

Excelchat Expert
13/08/2018 - 12:36

Ahead.

User
13/08/2018 - 12:36

ok

User
13/08/2018 - 12:36

so I have a big document with the same format

User
13/08/2018 - 12:37

specification and then thickness width and lenght

User
13/08/2018 - 12:37

in the specification cell there is the values to the thickness width and lenght

User
13/08/2018 - 12:37

and my task is to fill in row b c d

Excelchat Expert
13/08/2018 - 12:37

Hmm, I'm listening..

User
13/08/2018 - 12:37

with the information, i was wondering if there was a formula or something i could use to automate this

Excelchat Expert
13/08/2018 - 12:38

Can you please point me which denotes Thickness/Width/Length in Specification?

User
13/08/2018 - 12:38

i have them in bold

User
13/08/2018 - 12:39

Do you see?

Excelchat Expert
13/08/2018 - 12:39

So they always appears in this format?

User
13/08/2018 - 12:39

yes

Excelchat Expert
13/08/2018 - 12:40

Thickness (value) mm

User
13/08/2018 - 12:40

there might be a few cases that instead of 8 lines (above thickness) there may be 9 or 10 or 7 or 7

Excelchat Expert
13/08/2018 - 12:40

Width (value) mm

User
13/08/2018 - 12:40

??

User
13/08/2018 - 12:40

yes that's what I need to know

Excelchat Expert
13/08/2018 - 12:41

What I meant is the information always appears like this? "Thickness 24+ mm
Width 100+ mm
Length 4 m"

User
13/08/2018 - 12:41

yes

Excelchat Expert
13/08/2018 - 12:41

Alright, a formula can be written then.

Excelchat Expert
13/08/2018 - 12:42

Please show 2/3 more examples in the cells below. In the meantime I'll write a formula.

User
13/08/2018 - 12:42

ok thanks

Excelchat Expert
13/08/2018 - 12:45

Please stay with me. I need some more time.

User
13/08/2018 - 12:45

ok

User
13/08/2018 - 12:45

I only have 9.5 mins left though.

Excelchat Expert
13/08/2018 - 12:46

We don't need to worry about time, we can extend to as long as 1 hour if needed.

User
13/08/2018 - 12:46

ok

User
13/08/2018 - 12:50

do you still think it is possible

Excelchat Expert
13/08/2018 - 12:50

Yeah of course, I'm almost done.

User
13/08/2018 - 12:50

awesome!

Excelchat Expert
13/08/2018 - 12:53

Please see result of B

User
13/08/2018 - 12:53

is it possible you could put mm and remove thickness from the query (answer)

User
13/08/2018 - 12:53

by mm i mean the value after the number

Excelchat Expert
13/08/2018 - 12:53

Yeah. Just a minute please.

User
13/08/2018 - 12:54

very good job though, you are really smart :D

Excelchat Expert
13/08/2018 - 12:54

Sorry, what do you mean by that? "by mm i mean the value after the number"

User
13/08/2018 - 12:54

like the value, cm, mm or m

Excelchat Expert
13/08/2018 - 12:54

There won't always be mm?

User
13/08/2018 - 12:54

i know

User
13/08/2018 - 12:55

what i mean is

User
13/08/2018 - 12:55

just to put the value with the number

User
13/08/2018 - 12:55

for example right now you have thickness 24+

User
13/08/2018 - 12:55

the goal is to have : 24+ MM

User
13/08/2018 - 12:55

the unit of measurement

Excelchat Expert
13/08/2018 - 12:55

Sorry I said it is possible on the basis that there will always be "mm" after the value.

User
13/08/2018 - 12:56

is it not possible you can put the unit of measurement regardless if it's mm, m or cm

Excelchat Expert
13/08/2018 - 12:57

That would be extremely hard if not possible. Cause you need to know the length of text you would be extracting. And it is doable if there is a pattern.

User
13/08/2018 - 12:58

it is just like this

User
13/08/2018 - 12:58

Thickness (value) measurement

User
13/08/2018 - 12:58

it is always like this

Excelchat Expert
13/08/2018 - 12:58

What I meant is when I said "mm" at the end, we know that we want to extract everything between "thickness" and "mm".

Excelchat Expert
13/08/2018 - 12:58

But if it is not "mm" then the whole thing changes.

Excelchat Expert
13/08/2018 - 12:59

Excel can't automatically identify what is used for measurement.

User
13/08/2018 - 12:59

ah

User
13/08/2018 - 12:59

could you try just M? as CM, MM & M all end with M

Excelchat Expert
13/08/2018 - 01:00

Nah, just "M" can be used countless of times in the specification. It can even be the very first letter of specification.

User
13/08/2018 - 01:00

ok

Excelchat Expert
13/08/2018 - 01:00

So, again, not doable.

User
13/08/2018 - 01:01

is it possible you could use all three measurements (im not sure how in excel this works) but in coding it's like "if cm, mm or m return value

Excelchat Expert
13/08/2018 - 01:01

But give me some time, Since we have time remaining, I want to try something.

User
13/08/2018 - 01:01

ok yessir

Excelchat Expert
13/08/2018 - 01:01

Thanks.

Excelchat Expert
13/08/2018 - 01:02

How many different measurements can be there? And what are those?

User
13/08/2018 - 01:02

3 - mm, cm, m

Excelchat Expert
13/08/2018 - 01:03

I can see "in" after Width in 3rd example.

User
13/08/2018 - 01:03

ah damn

User
13/08/2018 - 01:04

inches also, let me see all the measurements and get back to yo

User
13/08/2018 - 01:04

you

Excelchat Expert
13/08/2018 - 01:04

Okay..

User
13/08/2018 - 01:05

Ok sir, there are only 4 measurements that I can see

User
13/08/2018 - 01:05

mm, cm, m & in

User
13/08/2018 - 01:05

millimetres, centimeters, metres & inches

Excelchat Expert
13/08/2018 - 01:06

Got it.

Excelchat Expert
13/08/2018 - 01:06

I'm trying something, please stay with me.

User
13/08/2018 - 01:06

yessir

User
13/08/2018 - 01:16

I am currently working I will be back in 5 mins

Excelchat Expert
13/08/2018 - 01:17

Okay, no problem. I'm working on this too.

User
13/08/2018 - 01:17

ok

User
13/08/2018 - 01:20

is it possible if i take too much time you could increase it?

User
13/08/2018 - 01:21

worst case scenario i take to long let's continue with this on my email, email me @ himanshujsethia@gmail.com

User
13/08/2018 - 01:21

will be back soon

Excelchat Expert
13/08/2018 - 01:21

Okay.

Excelchat Expert
13/08/2018 - 01:25

At this point I found a solution.

Excelchat Expert
13/08/2018 - 01:30

=MID(MID(A2,SEARCH("Thickness",A2),SEARCH("Grading",A2)-SEARCH("Thickness",A2)),10,SEARCH("W",MID(A2,SEARCH("Thickness",A2),SEARCH("Grading",A2)-SEARCH("Thickness",A2)))-10)

Excelchat Expert
13/08/2018 - 01:30

For Thickness

Excelchat Expert
13/08/2018 - 01:30

=MID(MID(A2,SEARCH("Thickness",A2),SEARCH("Grading",A2)-SEARCH("Thickness",A2)),SEARCH("Width",MID(A2,SEARCH("Thickness",A2),SEARCH("Grading",A2)-SEARCH("Thickness",A2)))+5,SEARCH("L",MID(A2,SEARCH("Thickness",A2),SEARCH("Grading",A2)-SEARCH("Thickness",A2)))-SEARCH("Width",MID(A2,SEARCH("Thickness",A2),SEARCH("Grading",A2)-SEARCH("Thickness",A2)))-5) for Width

Excelchat Expert
13/08/2018 - 01:31

=RIGHT(MID(A2,SEARCH("Thickness",A2),SEARCH("Grading",A2)-SEARCH("Thickness",A2)),LEN(MID(A2,SEARCH("Thickness",A2),SEARCH("Grading",A2)-SEARCH("Thickness",A2)))-SEARCH("Length",MID(A2,SEARCH("Thickness",A2),SEARCH("Grading",A2)-SEARCH("Thickness",A2)))-6) for Length

Excelchat Expert
13/08/2018 - 01:34

The session will end now, have a great day.

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