While Excel provides a wide range of functions and tools, we’ve come to find it does not house a number extraction tool. It instead houses something better. A tool with which we may construct our own number extraction tool.
- Go to file > options > customize ribbon
- Check the developer box
- Select OK
- Go to developer > visual basic
- Right click your sheet
- Select insert > module
- Input script
If you’d like to get started: you will find a step-by-step guide featuring images to provide additional support. However, before starting, we recommend you keep this script open in a separate tab — you will want to use it later on.
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Number stripping string of text in Excel
Step 1 – Open the file tab from the ribbon
- At the top of the window, you should see the File tab at the leftmost portion of the ribbon. Click it to continue.
Step 2 – Access Excel’s options
- At the bottom of the side panel, you’ll notice an Options link. Select it to proceed.
Step 3 – Enable the developer tab for the ribbon
- From the Excel Options menu, navigate to Customize Ribbon. You will be met by two scrollable boxes. Traverse the right box until you spot the Developer option. Ensure it is checked before clicking OK.
Step 4 – Open the Visual Basic window via the development tab
- You should now be able to see the Developer tab at the end of your ribbon. Access it and open Visual Basic from its toolbar.
Step 5 – Insert a VB module into your sheet
- In the new window, locate your sheet on the left side panel. Right click your sheet and select insert followed by module.
Step 6 – Input the provided VB script
- Remember that script we told you to keep on hand? If not, you’d best get scrolling. You’ll need to paste it into the new window (after which you can close it).
Step 7 – Use your newly created function
- Now our module is added, you can click an empty cell and input the function =GetNumeric(cell). Albeit, you’d need to replace cell with an actual cell containing numbers and strings of course.
While Excel does not offer a default number extraction function, it instead offers us the ability to create our own. This is powered by Visual Basic modules that interact with our sheets. As a result of this, we may input scripts (like the one provided) to import additional functionality into Excel. Thus, making it possible to extract numbers from a string, in just a single function- or so much more.
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