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    Add parens to first 3 numbers of phone number

    Hello - I have an excel file with a column of phone numbers. They are formatted 000-000-0000. I need them to have parens around the area code (000) 000-0000. I haven't found a way to do this by using a special formatting so I think I need to write a macro to iterate through the cells one by one. There are 900 rows, the phone numbers are in column J. Can anyone help me with this macro? Thank you for the assistance.
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    You can do this with formatting but you have to eliminate the dashes first.

    Place this code in a module.
    Option Explicit
    Sub RemoveDashes()
    'Note: Place Excel cursor in the column containing the
    '      phone numbers before calling.
       Dim lLastRow  As Long
       Dim lCntr     As Long
       Dim zPN       As String
       Dim lPNCol    As Long
       lPNCol = ActiveCell.Column
       lLastRow = Cells(Rows.Count, lPNCol).End(xlUp).Row
       For lCntr = 1 To lLastRow
          zPN = Cells(lLastRow, lPNCol)
          zPN = Replace(zPN, "-", "")
          Cells(lLastRow, lPNCol).Formula = "=" & zPN
       Next lCntr
    End Sub
    Now place the excel cursor in the column containing your phone numbers and press the Alt+F8.
    Select the RemoveDashes line and click Run.
    Now format the column like this.
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