Removing a comma inside a parenthesis or parentheses

jeffdolton

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I receive a weekly csv extract from an electronic point of sale system. All purchases made under one transaction are combined in one cell and are separated by a comma. However, a variant of a purchase is shown inside parenthesis. If there is more than one variant then these are separated by a comma within parentheses.

For example 2 x Coffee (Instant, Papercup), Adult Polo Shirt (Large, Navy)

I have a formula to split each purchase type wherever a comma appears but I now need a formula or function to remove a comma wherever it appears inside parentheses. All commas outside parentheses are to remain.

After applying the formula the output should look like this 2 x Coffee (Instant Papercup), Adult Polo Shirt (Large Navy)

Thanks for your help.
 

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Ok thinking out loud as I am not near my pc at the moment I would try the following in stages
assuming your data is in A1
in B1 use SUBSTITUTE(A1,....) to change ), for a ~
in C1 use SUBSTITUTE(B1....) to change , to a space
in D1 use SUBSTITUTE(D1....)to change ~ back to ),

look up the SUBSTITUTE function and replace the ....) above with the correct syntax if I use double quotes on my iPad it produces an error on a pc

doing it in separate columns will allow you to see intermediate results to check allis well at each stage
 

jeffdolton

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Ok thinking out loud as I am not near my pc at the moment I would try the following in stages
assuming your data is in A1
in B1 use SUBSTITUTE(A1,....) to change ), for a ~
in C1 use SUBSTITUTE(B1....) to change , to a space
in D1 use SUBSTITUTE(D1....)to change ~ back to ),

look up the SUBSTITUTE function and replace the ....) above with the correct syntax if I use double quotes on my iPad it produces an error on a pc

doing it in separate columns will allow you to see intermediate results to check allis well at each stage
Many thanks for your quick response. I applied your formula exactly as specified. Unfortunately, the inside brackets were left intact and only one of the outer brackets changed.
 

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Try this...
=SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(A1;", ";" ");") ";"), ")
 

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Try this...
=SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(A1;", ";" ");") ";"), ")
Thanks, I've tried this and a 'You've entered too few arguments for this function' message is returned.
 

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my suggestion works for me

Cell Formulas
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B1B1=SUBSTITUTE(A1,"),","~")
C1C1=SUBSTITUTE(B1,",","")
D1D1=SUBSTITUTE(C1,"~","),")
My apologies, I've copied your three formulae and it works perfectly! Would you do me one last favour and combine the three formulae into one.

Many thanks, Jeff
 

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The reason I did in stages was so you can see each stage to check for errors it will be an hour or so before I get back to my pc
 

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Could you have something like "2 x Coffee (Instant, Papercup), Adult Shorts, Adult Polo Shirt (Large, Navy)" where the comma after shorts should remain?
 

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