Excel/Extracting data from a string of data
Is there a way of extracting a surname from a string of data, the complication being that the surname is not always the same length? It does however always start at the same place in the string - see example below:
I Dixon w/e 8.11.13 (6 hrs o/t)
J Ruffel w/e 8.11.13 (12 hrs)
R Elliott w/e 8.11.13 (33 hrs)
The surname always starts at position 3 in the string. Could I use the MID command somehow?
for the examples you show (no spaces in the surname), you can use
this is written to find the surname from the string in A1
A perhaps more robust approach would be to look for the w/e to determine the end of the surname
In each case I have assumed the surname starts as the 3rd character which you indicated to be true in your question.
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