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Hi Tom,

As a follow up to my last question.  If it helps you, rather than look for a URL that beings with www.  You can search for string of text ending in ?id=#### and truncate anything after #### up to the first space.  The difference here is I would like to check for more than one URL link in a cell.  I have cells that have up to 40 URL links that need to be converted.

Use this link great. thanks. Or use*secondchange good.  Thanks.

Desired result:
Use this link great. thanks. Or use good.  Thanks.

Thanks Tom


Even narrowing the problem down to handle your insightful revision of your requirement, a formula approach would require finding the ID and then finding the match blank in the string.  Then replacing that substring with nothing.  So I continue to maintain that you would require a macro/vba.  The question would be that if that is acceptable, what form would the solution take.  Would it be a custom userdefined function that could be used in the worksheet or a macro that is run that processes specified cells  (all cells, selected cells, a specific range, etc)

If you want to pursue a macro, then you can contact me a and tell me more and if it appears reasonable, then I can see what I can come up with.

Tom Ogilvy

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