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    Putting Last Name in Separate Column (Excel 2000 SR-1)

    Couldn't find this in Excel Help, but there must be a way to grab the last name in a column that has first, middle, and last, and put that name in a new blank column. I know we'd need to go back and edit for compound last names and for suffixes. Any help out there? THanx!

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    Re: Putting Last Name in Separate Column (Excel 2000 SR-1)

    Your best bet is Data, Text to Columns, walk through the Wizards' 3 dialogs and hope that it is consistently delimited by one space or other unique character, export to a Destination other than the existing source. Use =TRIM() and Find-&-Replace to help with data cleanup.
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    Re: Putting Last Name in Separate Column (Excel 2000 SR-1)

    Thanks for the tip, John. In the meantime we came up with what I think will be an easier solution: copy the spreadsheet to Word and use a macro to select the last name and place it in a new column. This is especially so as the original data includes entries ranging from "John Smith" to "Mr & Mrs John R Smith, Jr". Obviously, there will still be significant data cleanup to do! Best regards.

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    Re: Putting Last Name in Separate Column (Excel 2000 SR-1)

    Check out Pearson's great routines for this:

    http://www.cpearson.com/excel/FirstLast.htm

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    Re: Putting Last Name in Separate Column (Excel 2000 SR-1)

    Very cool, Kevin. THanks for the tip, which I know I'll have use for in other situations. Unfortunately for me in this case, I have no comma to measure backwards and forward from. Still, I've needed to parse within cells before and not known how to approach it--now I do!

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