Removing Non Numeric Characters

This post will guide you how to remove non numeric characters from cells with a formula in Excel. How do I remove non-numeric characters in cells in Excel. How to remove non-numeric characters from cells with VBA Code in Excel. Or how to strip out non-numeric characters from a given cell in Excel.

Removing Non Numeric Characters with a Formula


Assuming that you have a list of data in range B1:B5, and you want to remove all non-numeric characters from the range of cells B1:B5. How to achieve it. You can use an Excel Array formula based on the TEXTJOIN function, the IFERROR function, the ROW function and the INDIRECT function. Like this:

=TEXTJOIN("",TRUE,IFERROR(MID(B1,ROW(INDIRECT("1:100")),1)+0,""))

You need to Type this formula into a blank cell and then press CTRL +Shift + Enter keys to change the formula as an Array formula. and then drag the AutoFill Handle from C1 to C5.

Removing Non Numeric Characters with User Defined Function


You can also try to write an user defined function with VBA code to remove all non numeric characters from a cell in Excel. Just do the following steps:

#1 open your excel workbook and then click on “Visual Basic” command under DEVELOPER Tab, or just press “ALT+F11” shortcut.

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#2 then the “Visual Basic Editor” window will appear.

#3 click “Insert” ->”Module” to create a new module.

convert column number to letter3

#4 paste the below VBA code into the code window. Then clicking “Save” button.

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Function RemoveAllNonNums(myCell As String)
   Dim myChar As String
   Dim x As Integer
   Dim i As String

   i = ""
   For x = 1 To Len(myCell)
     myChar = Mid(myCell, x, 1)
         If Asc(myChar) >= 48 And _
            Asc(myChar) <= 57 Then
            i = i & myChar
         End If
   Next
   RemoveAllNonNums = Val(i)

#5 back to the current worksheet, try to enter the below formula in Cell C1.

=RemoveallNonNums(B1)

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You can also use the following VBA macro to achieve the same result.

Sub RemoveAllNonNums()
Dim myR As Range
Dim myRange As Range
Set myRange = Application.Selection
Set myRange = Application.InputBox("select one range that you want to remove non-numeric characters", RemoveAllNonNums, myRange.Address, Type:=8)
For Each myR In myRange
    myOut = ""
    For i = 1 To Len(myR.Value)
        tmp = Mid(myR.Value, i, 1)
        If tmp Like "[0-9]" Then
            myStr = tmp
        Else
            myStr = ""
        End If
        myOut = myOut & myStr
    Next i
    myR.Value = myOut
Next
End Sub

Removing Numeric characters only


If you only want to remove all numeric characters from a cell in Excel, and you can try to use the following array formula based on the TEXTJOIN function, the IF function, the ISERR function, the MID function, the ROW function and the INDIRECt function.

=TEXTJOIN("",TRUE,IF(ISERR(MID(B1,ROW(INDIRECT("1:99")),1)+0),MID(B5,ROW(INDIRECT("1:99")),1),""))

Type this formula in a blank cell and then press Ctrl + Shift + Enter shortcuts in your keyboard, and then drag the AutoFill Handle over other cells to apply this array formula.

Related Functions


  • Excel ROW function
    The Excel ROW function returns the row number of a cell reference.The ROW function is a build-in function in Microsoft Excel and it is categorized as a Lookup and Reference Function.The syntax of the ROW function is as below:= ROW ([reference])….
  • Excel IF function
    The Excel IF function perform a logical test to return one value if the condition is TRUE and return another value if the condition is FALSE. The IF function is a build-in function in Microsoft Excel and it is categorized as a Logical Function.The syntax of the IF function is as below:= IF (condition, [true_value], [false_value])….
  • Excel MID function
    The Excel MID function returns a substring from a text string at the position that you specify.The syntax of the MID function is as below:= MID (text, start_num, num_chars)…

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