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Remove all XX:XX:XX from cell text

Discussion in 'Ask an Excel Question' started by JCTalk, Feb 13, 2019.

  1. JCTalk

    JCTalk Member

    Hi Guys,

    I'm putting together something that relies on being able to count occurrences of specific text. The only problem is, the data contains a nasty text timestamp between what I'm trying to count.

    Example data

    In each cell, there are basically loads of appended log notes like this..

    03-02-2019 18:00:44 - Jiminy Cricket (Cricket Brigade)
    04-02-2019 19:18:26 - Jiminy Cricket (Cricket Brigade)
    04-02-2019 11:33:54 - Mister Geppetto (Cricket Brigade)
    05-02-2019 15:12:03 - Jiminy Cricket (Cricket Brigade)

    I'm looking for e.g. 05-02-2019 - Jiminy Cricket (Cricket Brigade) though so I'm looking for a way to remove those text timestamps. Preferably in one find & replace go. But as the times are different I'm finding it tricky.

    Alternatively is there a better way of doing the count so it ignores everything between the date and the name.

    I'm currently using this which would work fine if it weren't for that timestamp.
    =SUMPRODUCT((LEN(Range)-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(Range,"05-02-2019 - Jiminy Cricket (Cricket Brigade)","")))/LEN("05-02-2019 - Jiminy Cricket (Cricket Brigade)"))

    Any ideas on how I can achieve this?

    Thank you.
  2. AlanSidman

    AlanSidman Active Member

    Using Power Query, this can be accomplished quickly.
    Load your data to PQ
    Split the column of data at the first space
    Split the second column you just created at the dash
    Remove the Time value column
    Merge the two columns remaining
    Load back to your worksheet

    Attached is file demonstrating same.

    Attached Files:

  3. vletm

    vletm Excel Ninja

    If B-column has those text then ...
    =LEFT(B2,10) & MID(B2,20,99)
    and copy down
  4. Peter Bartholomew

    Peter Bartholomew Well-Known Member

    If 'findArray' is the two item row
    {05-02-2019, "Jiminy Cricket"}
    and 'inText' is a relative reference to your list of strings to be searched, then SEARCH gives an array comprising two results and
    = AND( ISNUMBER( SEARCH(findArray, inText) ) )
    gives TRUE or FALSE depending upon whether both elements are present.
  5. azumi

    azumi Active Member

    Hope this help

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  6. bosco_yip

    bosco_yip Excel Ninja

    To count data with criteria without timestamp in between.


    If the data have the same date/time format, try..................

    Put the criteria "05-02-2019 - Jiminy Cricket (Cricket Brigade)" in cell C1

    In C2, enter formula :


    Last edited: Feb 14, 2019 at 10:14 AM
  7. Peter Bartholomew

    Peter Bartholomew Well-Known Member

    I missed the fact that it is only the total count that is requested. For that to work 'inText' has to be the whole list. Then use MMULT which is unusual in that it is capable of aggregating a 2D array by row or by column.

    Rather than going for the entire calculation as one step I define an intermediate step 'containsArray?' as a named formula that evaluates to give a Boolean
    = MMULT( 1 - ISNUMBER( SEARCH(findArray, inText) ), {1;1} ) = 0
    (this implements an or condition; 'if either test fails')

    From there it remains only coerce the Booleans to integers [0,1] and add
    = SUM( N( containsArray? ) )

    On a machine that is not running Excel 365 insider that would need to be entered with CSE …
    … or you could use SUMPRODUCT to hide the array nature of the calculation,
    … or you could include the N() in the definition of 'containsArray?' so that the final calculation
    = SUM( containsArray? )
    no longer requires CSE.

    The other option is to use a helper range with the previous formula. If one displays an icon set in place of the [0,1] it almost looks intentional!

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  8. vletm

    vletm Excel Ninja

    Wasn't You the original case
    Remove all XX:XX:XX from cell text
    Alternatively is there a better way of doing the count so it ignores everything between the date and the name.
    and that was all?
  9. AlanSidman

    AlanSidman Active Member

    Several solutions but no acknowledgement from the OP. So sad :(
    Peter Bartholomew likes this.

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