Formula to extract a specific line item name from different cell


Board Regular
May 24, 2016

I have alot of random data. I am trying to find a formula that will extract the "PO" from my memo cells. A formula that will look into the cell and find that specific PO and extract to my other column? Can anyone please assist?

MEMOWhat I want
Invoice - California - California University of: PF 547548 Sales Orders Billing - PO573PO573
Invoice - AFLAAC (U.S. Air Force Academy): 200hdi, dariW2 PO201PO201
Invoice - Oklahoma State University: 300drt, htfJW2, vertical orientation (w/tircero kemur top plate) PO630PO630
Invoice - New York State University: PL 874541 Sales Orders Billing - PO847PO847



Active Member
May 6, 2002
2 assumptions:
  1. The first character after PO is a digit. Otherwise, we run the risk of pulling Poland, Portland, and Pomona as PO numbers.
  2. The PO number isn't always 3 digits long, as you have in your example. If that were so, we could just enter =RIGHT(A2, 5).

=MID(A2, AGGREGATE(14, 6, SEARCH("PO" & {1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,0}, A2), 1), 255)
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