Here is my problem...Included at the end of our product descriptions, w
sometimes include "ETA's". For example, our product description (whic
can be up to 300 characters) could read"
1969 Corvette Bumper - Chrome Retainers included - quality rating of 1
- ETA: 07/30/12.
What I am trying to do is to remove the ETA: 07/30/12. I tried to Fin
and Replace all "ETA:" with about 500 @ symbols. Then, I was going to d
Text to Columns and choose Fixed Width...setting the cutoff point at th
longest product description in the sheet...at character # 301 fo
example. Doing this would push everything after the ETA way to th
right. I was then going to delete the second column that i
created...getting rid of most of the @ symbols, and ALL dates. Finally
I would Find and Replace all @ symbols in the first (original) colum
leaving me with just the description.
I know this is the long way, but I am no Excel Expert, so this is on
way for me to get it done...but here's my problem
Looking at the example above, I tried to use the formula =Substitute(A1
("ETA"), "@@@@@@") BUT, when I use this formula, it replaces the ETA AN
the ETA in the word rETAiners. I thought that if I used "" around th
actual letters that I am looking for, it would ONLY replace exac
matchesretainers is NOT an exact match for ETA, and no matter what
try, it will not replace ETA without replacing rETAiners also!
Just to break my problem down and figure out how to single out exac
matches, I was using the FIND function and trying to FIND exact matche
for "ETA:" and it kept coming up with an error saying that exce
couldn't find any matches. However, if I did a FIND for just ETA, i
found them all...standalone and in words.
So, if you can help me with my original plan, that would be ok, but i
you could help me delete EVERYTHING after the word ETA with blanks, tha
would be a lot easier. Another problem is that sometimes its ETA, an
other times it's ETA: So, I think I will have to run whatever proces
you help me come up with twice. Once for the exact match of ETA, an
again with the exact match of ETA:
Thank you SOOOOOOOOO much...I have spent about 3 hours on this so fa
and my deadline was yesterday!