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#1 ramsey76

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Posted 22 October 2007 - 07:41 PM

I need some help with excel.

For example of I have a column of data in the following format

617743348456
781999456721

All the information same is the same length and in the same place in the column.

I want to make some decision based on the first three digits.

How do use only the first three digits of data for a V lookup

thanks

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Posted 22 October 2007 - 07:54 PM

Well, you can divide by couple thousand (100000000 exactly), take the integer, use text of that integer as a pointer to V-lookup if the key in the lookup table is text, or leave alone if it is a number.
But I suspect these numbers aren't numbers but text. If that's so, =left$(someCell,3) extracts the leftmost 3 characters from any text string.

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Posted 23 October 2007 - 07:22 PM

My wife also had ther interger idea.

The left command worked perfectly.

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