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I need to find data in two different formats within a column


Webb Christopher

Greer Nancy

I need to find cells with text that have more than one space between the first and last names; and cells with text that have only one space between the first and last names.

I am fairly new to excel. I can find the space after the first word but cannot tell it to find ones that say have a space then another string of text.

Thank you for your help!

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I'm looking for a formula that pulls the text from a cell unti it hits a space.

I'm using the formula below but keep getting #VALUE results

B1: =LEFT(A1,FIND(",",A1,1))

I know it's not that hard but can't figure it out.

thanks for the help


Col A contains full name. Might be Bob Smith and might be Robert Smith Jr. or Carol De La Cruz. Regardless, I need to put anything after the first space first, with a comma, then the first name last. So Bob Smith would be Smith, Bob and Carol De La Cruz would be De La Cruz, Carol and Robert Smith Jr. would be Smith Jr., Robert.

So far I have this:
=MID(A2&" "&A2,FIND(" ",A2)+1,LEN(A2))

It works, but I have no comma and space before the first name. What am I missing?


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Dim Sh As Worksheet
Dim Rng As Range
Set Sh = ActiveSheet
Set Rng = Sh.Range("A65536").End(xlUp).Offset(1, 0)
With Rng
.Cells(1, 1) = Surname.Text
.Cells(1, 2) = forename.Text
.Cells(1, 3) = datein.Text
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.Cells(1, 6) = usual.Value
.Cells(1, 7) = dateto.Text
.Cells(1, 8) = permission.Value
.Cells(1, 9) = dateseen.Text
.Cells(1, 10) = requestview.Value
.Cells(1, 11) = Invoice.Value
.Cells(1, 12) = notes.Text
.Cells(1, 13) = datecompleted.Text
.Cells(1, 14) = holdsend.Value
.Cells(1, 15) = fee.Text
.Cells(1, 16) = notes2.Text
.Cells(1, 17) = dateseen.Text
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What I want to do next is click on the surname on the speadsheet and call up the userform with the fields complete for that person. I would also like to be able to edit/update the form and update the information on the speadsheet accordingly.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Many thanks!

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Here is my issue:

I have a list of SKUs in Excel and I need to add one same word to 500 cells that have pre-existing text in the cells. See example below:

1) List of SKU's in cells:


2) text that needs to be added IN FRONT of every number:


So the result would be:


How do I do that in a formula and not manually? I found another similar thread and I understand how to do it from the instructions there but the same text goes on the back and the result is: 34DF but I need it to be like: DF34.

I am using Office 2007 for mac.

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I saw two threads in this forum that asked this question, with no good answer. I am posting this solution for anybody still struggling with this.

The question:
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Now select the row(s) in question and manually set the row height, by right clicking the row number and selecting "Row Height". Check the height of an adjacent row for a good value.

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