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## How to extract number from text

I am trying to figure out how to extract numbers numbers from a text.

For example, if I want to extract the number of miles (MI) from this description:

 Factory OH Expense ABCD1315 14.0 MI Florida GAME PT 1

And

 Factory OH Expense OHIO Plant IS 9.12 MI

Or anytime the position changes?

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## Re: How to extract number from text

1 do a replace values and replace MI with something like a pipe |

2 then split the column at the pipe

3 then split on the fist space from the left hand side of the first column

4 then convert to a number

* Matt is a Microsoft MVP (Power BI) and author of the Power BI Book Supercharge Power BI.
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## Re: How to extract number from text

@mdrammeh

You can also do it by creating a column with following formula.

```Num =
TRIM (
RIGHT (
SUBSTITUTE (
LEFT ( Table1[Texts], FIND ( "MI", Table1[Texts] ) - 2 ),
" ",
REPT ( " ", 100 )
),
100
)
)```

Best Regards,

Herbert

Member

## Re: How to extract number from text

Thanks for the feedback Herbert and your response. There are instances where the column number of miles is located over 30 characters from the right so in that case, could I use this formula to extract just the number? Or would it change everytime the position of the number of miles change?

Member

## Re: How to extract number from text

Thanks Mike. What if there's other numbers mixed within the description and you only want to extract the numbers associated to MI?

eg.

 1243 Factory 12 03 OH Expense OHIO Plant IS 9.12 MI

or

 12A Factory OH 9.12 MI Expense OHIO Plant IS 64
Member

## Re: How to extract number from text

"The search Text provided to function 'FIND' could not be found in the given text."

Super Contributor

## Re: How to extract number from text

@mdrammeh

Do some text stings in your data not have “MI” in them? The error message will return if it cannot find “MI” in the column values.

Best Regards,

Herbert