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How to strip of 4 left most characters in a text string in calc [closed]

asked 2014-11-13 22:21:51 +0200

caliray gravatar image

updated 2016-03-06 01:56:58 +0200

Alex Kemp gravatar image

LibreOffice 4.3, English, Calc Windows 8, English

I am using =LEFT($J69;FIND(" ";$J69;1)-1) and =RIGHT($J69;LEN($J69)-FIND(" ";$J69)) to separate first and last name by detecting a space between them but then what would work to strip off the 4 left most characters like this one where the total length is unknown. /f/u/fuji_classic_track_2.jpg

The fourth character from the left is always a "/".

Thanks for the help.

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answered 2014-11-14 00:44:28 +0200

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The MID() function doesn't worry about missing characters at the end. Thus, if Text is a text expression,

=MID(Text;5;10000) will work for you even if LEN(Text ) is much less than 10000.

=RIGHT(Text;LEN(Text)-4) will work as RIGHT() did in your second piece of code.

The leftmost 4 characters will be deleted.

A third variant:


[PS: In your example I saw a "u" on the 4th position.]

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Thank you for this answer and pointing out that I can't count :-) It's the fifth character that is always a /.

caliray gravatar imagecaliray ( 2014-11-14 09:25:33 +0200 )edit

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