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How to extract numbers from mixed alphanumeric text strings in Excel?

Author: Siluvia Last Modified: 2021-01-25

This tutorial provides three methods to help extracting numbers from mixed alphanumberic text string in Excel.

Extract numbers from mixed alphanumeric text strings with formula
Extract numbers from mixed alphanumeric text strings with VBA code
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Extract numbers from mixed alphanumeric text strings with formula

You can apply the below formula to extract numbers from anywhere in a text string in Excel.

1. Select a blank cell to output the extracted numbers, enter the below formula into it and press the Enter key. Then drag the AutoFill Handle down to apply the formula to other cells.

=IF(SUM(LEN(A2)-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(A2, {"0","1","2","3","4","5","6","7","8","9"}, "")))>0, SUMPRODUCT(MID(0&A2, LARGE(INDEX(ISNUMBER(--MID(A2,ROW(INDIRECT("$1:$"&LEN(A2))),1))* ROW(INDIRECT("$1:$"&LEN(A2))),0), ROW(INDIRECT("$1:$"&LEN(A2))))+1,1) * 10^ROW(INDIRECT("$1:$"&LEN(A2)))/10),"")

Note: In the formula, A1 is the cell that contians the text string you want to extract numbers. Please change it based on your needs.

Then numbers are extracted from anywhere in a text string in specified cells as the above screenshot shown.

Only keep numbers in mixed alphanumeric text strings with VBA code

The following VBA code can help you remove all nonnumeric characters from specified range and keep only numbers in cells. Please do as follows.

Note: As the code excecutes the original range directly, please keep a copy of the original range in case of losing data.

1. Press Alt + F11 keys simultaneously to open the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.

2. In the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window, click Insert > Module. Then copy and paste the below VBA code into the Module window.

VBA code: remove all nonnumeric characters from cells

Sub GetNumbers()
'Updated by Extendoffice 20210125
    Dim xRegEx As Object
    Dim xRg As Range
    Dim xCell As Range
    Dim xTxt As String
    On Error Resume Next
    xTxt = ActiveWindow.RangeSelection.Address
    Set xRg = Application.InputBox("Pease select range:", "Kutools for Excel", xTxt, , , , , 8)
    If xRg Is Nothing Then Exit Sub
    Set xRegEx = CreateObject("VBScript.RegExp")
    With xRegEx
        .Pattern = "\D+"
        .IgnoreCase = True
        .Global = True
    End With
    xRg.NumberFormat = "@"
    For Each xCell In xRg
        xCell.Value = xRegEx.Replace(xCell.Value, "")
    Set xRegEx = Nothing
End Sub

3. Press the F5 key to run the code. Then a Kutools for Excel dialog box pops up, please select the range that contains the mixed alphanumeric text strings you will keep only the numbers, and click the OK button.

Now all nonnumeric characters in selected range have been removed immediately, and only the numbers kept. See screenshot:

Easily extract numbers from mixed alphanumeric text strings with Kutools for Excel

This section recommends the Extract Text utility of Kutools for Excel. With this utility, extracting numbers from a text string can be easy to handle.

Before applying Kutools for Excel, please download and install it firstly.

1. Click Kutools > Text > Extract Text to enable the feature.

2. In the Extract Text dialog box, please do the below settings.

2.1) Click the Extract by location tab (This tab is enabled by default);
2.2) In the Range section, click the button to select the range of cells you will extract text from;
2.3) In the Options section: Select the Extract the number option;
2.4) Click OK.

Note: Check the Insert as a formula box in the bottom left corner of the dialog will insert the result as formula into the result cells. When the value of the referenced cell changes, the result will update automatically.

3. In the Extract Text dialog box, select a blank cell to output the extracted text, and then click OK.

Then numbers from any position in a text string are extracted. See screenshot:

  If you want to have a free trial (30-day) of this utility, please click to download it, and then go to apply the operation according above steps.

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