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02-Jul-2003, 07:08 AM #1
Excel does not seem to recognize a cell value.
In cell B5: 54.5 3L 1-39.16

In order to extract the 3 that is next to "L" in the middle
of the text, I made up the following formula:


=IF(R4>1,MID(B5,(FIND(" ",B5)+2),LEN(B5)-((LEN(B5)-FIND
("L",B5)+1)+((FIND(" ",B5))+1))),IF(R4=1,-MID(B5,(FIND
(" ",B5)+2),LEN(B5)-((LEN(B5)-FIND("L",B5)+1)+((FIND
(" ",B5))+1)))))

(Please note: there is a condition set for a value in cell
R4 too (If R4 is greater than 1). And also the text in the
B column which B5 is a part, varies in length, so the formula did get a bit clunky).


Anyway, I end up with "3" displayed in the cell that contains the above formula, as I wanted.

Say the formula that produces "3" is in cell S4: If I enter: "=S4" in another cell, excel doesn't seem to recognize "3" as S4 value. All I get is "=S4" in the new cell!

I can't do anything with it. Excel does not seem to
recognize the value "3" from the above formula. So can't use its value in another cell.

Is there a way to get around this? I have formatted the
cell to General, Number, etc. Doen't seem to make a
difference.
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02-Jul-2003, 10:42 AM #2
Hi Brendon,

Try changing the formatting to General, then select the cell above S4 and then do a Find>Replace. Replace = with = and see if that fixes it. Don't ask me why, but I had the same problem before, and this solution was given to me by an Excel MVP at another help forum. It worked like a charm for me.

Good luck,
Richard
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02-Jul-2003, 08:55 PM #3
Thanks SabreWolf3.

It worked. And I won't ask how!....
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03-Jul-2003, 10:20 AM #4
There's a way to prevent this from happening in the future, as well. Whenever I start a new workbook, on each new sheet I create, I select all cells and set the formatting to General.

General should be the default, but doing this has prevented me from running into this problem again.

Happy excelling,
Richard
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