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How to extract text only from alphanumeric string in Excel?

When you have a long list of multiple alphanumeric string in each cell in Excel, and you just want to extract only text strings from them, you can do as following ways I introduce.

Extract text only from alphanumeric string by using Defined Function in Excel

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Use Defined Function to extract text only from alphanumeric string in Excel by doing as follow:

1. Select a cell of the column you want to select and press Alt + F11 to open the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.

2. In the pop-up window, click Insert > Module, then paste the following VBA code into the module.

VBA: Extract text only

Function TextOnly(pWorkRng As Range) As String
'Updateby20140515
Dim xValue As String
Dim OutValue As String
xValue = pWorkRng.Value
For xIndex = 1 To VBA.Len(xValue)
    If Not VBA.IsNumeric(VBA.Mid(xValue, xIndex, 1)) Then
        OutValue = OutValue & VBA.Mid(xValue, xIndex, 1)
    End If
Next
TextOnly = OutValue
End Function

3. Save the code and close the window, then type this formula =TextOnly(A1) (A1 is the first row cell in your list range you want to extract text only from) into a blank cell, press Enter button, then fill the handle to the range you want.


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1. Select the range you want to extract text only, and click Kutools > Text Tools > Remove Characters. See screenshot:

2. In the Remove Characters dialog, check Numeric and Non-printing check boxes. See screenshot:

3. Click Ok, then all the non-text characters are removed, see screenshot:

Tip: Because this applying will change your original data, you’d better to copy the original data to another place first.

For more about Remove Characters.


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    sumeet · 8 months ago
    rajesh kumar bind · Its working bro.. thanks
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    Paul H · 2 years ago
    Brilliant - Many Thanks - also works for Number Extraction if the 'NOT' statement is removed - :-)
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    rajesh kumar bind · 3 years ago
    =SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(a1,0,""),1,""),2,""),3,""),4,""),5,""),6,""),7,""),8,""),9,"")
    use this formula.

    if it is working please let me know on my e-mail id-rkb572@gmail.com
    • To post as a guest, your comment is unpublished.
      Sachin Singh · 1 years ago
      If we want to extract only number then what should be the formula...above extract only alpha which great work..please let me know the solution for numeric and special character extraction..
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      Rich · 1 years ago
      Perfect, thanks!
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      Julia · 1 years ago
      many thanks!
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      Sagar Kadam · 3 years ago
      Yes.. Its worked Dude! Thanks!