# Thread: Extract a number from a long Cell Thanks: 0 Likes: 0

1. ## Extract a number from a long Cell

This is the data in my cell:

I am trying to extract the first number which is “23.93” from the cell

2. ## Re: Extract a number from a long Cell

A quick and dirty way of doing this (assuminng all your data has exactly the same layout/structure in each cell) would be to use text to columns.

Specify semicolon AND + as the delimiters. Skip the first two columns and then delete all other columns to the right of the one that now contains the value you want 23.93

If this doesn't work for all of your data, you'll need to provide more examples (specifically for any rows that don't work using the quick method above).

[edited to change two steps of TTC to one step)

3. ## Re: Extract a number from a long Cell

in order for there to be a clean cut way to do this you need to provide some sort of pattern that your data has
i.e

if this number always appears after the second set of semicolons, etc

4. ## Re: Extract a number from a long Cell

Assuming the number you want always appears immediately after the 2nd semicolon, and immediately before the first +
Try (change cell reference to suit):
Code:
=MID(SUBSTITUTE(A1,";","@",2),SEARCH("@",SUBSTITUTE(A1,";","@",2))+1,SEARCH("+",SUBSTITUTE(A1,";","@",2))-SEARCH("@",SUBSTITUTE(A1,";","@",2))-1)+0

5. ## Re: Extract a number from a long Cell

Originally Posted by JoeMo
Assuming the number you want always appears immediately after the 2nd semicolon, and immediately before the first +
Using your assumptions, this shorter formula should also work...

=0+MID(LEFT(A1,FIND("+",A1)-1),FIND(";",A1,FIND(";",A1)+1)+1,99)