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Hi Tom,

I have a long list of URL links in an Excel file.  All the URL links has ?id=xxxx, where xxxx is a random 4 digit number.


How can I quickly remove all the characters after the 4 digits?

The desired results:



I assume you mean using a formula and producing the trimmed string in another cell.  

so say


then in another cell:

would produce what you describe.  

Tom Ogilvy

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Tom Ogilvy


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