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How Do I Extract Specific Text From a Cell In Numbers?

Numbers (v.10), Within a spreadsheet I have created, there is a specific cell/row that contains both letters and numbers. Within this string, it contains 6 number digits that represent a date. As an example, AB010120ABC. I wish to ignore the first two letters and I am interested in extracting the follow 6x digits (010120) and ignore any subsequent letters. These 6x number represent the date (mm/dd/yy), Jan 1 2020. I would like to know how I can extract this numbers and have that information placed in a newly created cell. I can convert this number into a date format on my own but if there is a way to do all the above and have the final cell displayed as a date, yyyy/mm/dd, this would be great. I thank you in advance for your help.

Comments: 2 Responses to “How Do I Extract Specific Text From a Cell In Numbers?”

    7 months ago

    You can use the MID function to do that. For instance, if the text AB010120ABC was in call B2, then in C2 you could have this formula:


    This takes the string in B2, starts with character 3, and gives you 6 characters from that point.

    After you copy and paste that formula in all the cells of column C to get these 6 characters from B, then you can select the cells of C and copy, then Edit, Paste Formula Results if you like.

    7 months ago

    Thank you very much.

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