Extracting First Initial of First Name & Concatenating to Last Name

Gomesy

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Good Morning from the Windy City of Chicago! It's a balmy 40 below zero with the wind chills today. A nice day to stay inside and learn more about working with names in Excel.

I am currently running Excel 2010 and am more than an intermediate user.

I am creating charts for a list of doctors taken from a drop-down box (validation) where their names appear as Last Name, First Name and are converted to “Dr. Last Name” in the chart title.

The formula I am using works fine however I have encountered a problem where a facility has several instances where doctors have the same last name.

I have the list of duplicate last names (there are about 5 pairs) and wish to write a “nested if” statement that puts the first initial of the first name followed by a period, in between Dr. and the Last Name when one of these duplicate doctor names are identified. i.e. Dr. J. Doe and Dr. R. Doe taken from Doe, John & Doe, Robert.

Can this be accomplished without too much difficulty?

Thank you!
 

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Snakehips

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Richard,

Welcome to MrExcel.


Can you not treat all doctor names the same and express with first initial?

eg ="Dr. " & MID(A1,FIND(",",A1,1)+2,1)&". " &LEFT(A1,FIND(",",A1,1)-1)

Or is it only the list of duplicates that includes a first name?
 

etaf

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if you want to extract
do they all appear after the first space in the string ?

if so, then you could use

=MID(A1,FIND(" ", A1,1)+1,1)

which will extract the first character after a space
and then you can use concatenate to your conversion
 

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