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Sir, In col.A I have entry such as:
A3=100x65x40mm dia
A4=80x65mm dia
A5=32x80x50mm dia
A6=40x32x65mm dia

How to generate / show up this using formula in column B as:
B3=100mm dia
B4=80mm dia
B5=80mm dia
B6=65mm dia

Please see the image alongside.

Because the data in the cell is NOT a number it's tricky to do - I've put together a sheet showing you one way of getting the data

it would be possible to combine the formulas into one long formula (the max formula would have each cell reference replaced with the function it currently contains)

I hope that this helps
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Aidan Heritage


I have provided first hand support since `95 for Microsoft Office majoring in Word and Excel - support for all versions from 2 onwards. I'm based in the UK, so please allow for time differences when asking me questions from other parts of the world!


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