Trim function

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I have looked everywhere for the answer but none of it makes sense:

i have a column that contains:

216-2006
217-2006
1110-2006
etc

This refers to a registration number and the year

I only want to have the reg number so therefore removing the

-2006

please help

Andy
 

Excel Facts

Remove leading & trailing spaces
Save as CSV to remove all leading and trailing spaces. It is faster than using TRIM().
Depends on whether you want to retain your original data.

If not, then use Edit, Replace -* with ""


If you want to retain your original data, then in a spare column

=LEFT(A1,FIND("-",A1)-1)
 
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hi i got this to work previously, however i now want to delete a space, and it's not working for me...

i have:

In cell B2

2007-12-31 09:17:14

i only want

2007-12-31

I have tried

=LEFT(B2,FIND(" ",B2)-1)

however i just get #Value in the box

Any ideas?
 
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Hi

If you have a datetime in b2 and you just want the date, use:

=INT(B2)

and format the cell as date.
 
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I have looked everywhere for the answer but none of it makes sense:

i have a column that contains:

216-2006
217-2006
1110-2006
etc

This refers to a registration number and the year

I only want to have the reg number so therefore removing the

-2006

please help

Andy

Have you tried Text to Columns with the (- hyphen) as the delimiter ?
 
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ok not sure if its me but i cant get it to work...

can someone please take a look at my sample





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[HtmlMaker 2.42] To see the formula in the cells just click on the cells hyperlink or click the Name box
PLEASE DO NOT QUOTE THIS TABLE IMAGE ON SAME PAGE! OTHEWISE, ERROR OF JavaScript OCCUR.</CENTER>
Step 1: Data>Text to Columns take care to select date for first column and text for second

Step 2: Select original cell > Format > change data type to custom and dd/mm/yyyy

Good luck :)
 
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