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    modify complex find formula

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    Hi all,
    my first post,
    I cant post link to sheet so I have put up a picture with formula below

    I need to modify my formula in B to give me the results I have listed in Colum C
    =IFERROR(IFERROR(MID(A2,FIND("available for",A2)+14,10),MID(A2,FIND("Error: Material",A2)+16,15)),"")

    my result varys in length so using +14,10 after search term is not working well as I'm either losing data or returning too much. can spaces be used ?

    I hope this makes sense
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    Administrator Pecoflyer's Avatar
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    Could you please post the sheet on the forum ? ( click Go Advanced - Manage Attachments)

    Is the data to be extracted always between double quotes? (there is one string without them)
    Thank you Ken for this secure forum.

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    thanks for the reply Peco. unfortunately double quotes are not guaranteed, there is always a space either side of the result, leaving in double quotes is not an issue, my problem is missing data or too much meaning my pivot is all over the place, i have attached a sample file as requested. Jay.Copy of EXCELGURU.xlsx

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    Peco, VBA function may be an option but i dont know much about it, was reading on forum, workbook can have VBA / Macros . basically anything that will work. on my full workbook i have a macro to fill in my pivot so maybe I could use a macro to tidy up my result in column B

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    Magician navic's Avatar
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    In B2 cell try formula (copy down)
    =IF(TRIM(MID(SUBSTITUTE(A2;"""";REPT(" ";255));255;255))="";MID(A2;FIND("available for";A2)+14;10);TRIM(MID(SUBSTITUTE(A2;"""";REPT(" ";255));255;255)))
    My personal Web Excel Tutorials
    Attention! In the formulas as a delimiter I use a semicolon (; ) if you using my formula, then perhaps you need to use a comma (,)
    Also for a decimal number I use a comma (,) you may need to use point (.) instead of

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