## how to pull exactly 6 continuous figures from string

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Problem: how to pull exactly 6 continuous figures from string

Example:

```f657674
576767g
tt454656y
465767yy
x1234567
1234567x
n645856g
s-5656-54654657657-6576-46567785-4354
pof-user-201734545435454
4545665
345678
f546576767g
rtryty
```

it should give

```657674
576767
454656
465767
(blank value)
(blank value)
645856
(blank value)
(blank value)
(blank value)
345678
(blank value)
(blank value)
```

What I've tried: (`A1` is the cell of the first string)

```=IFERROR(LOOKUP(10^6;MID(A1;ROW(INDIRECT("1:"&LEN(A1)-5));6)+0);"")
```

Then I drag this formula for the other rows and it gives:

```    657674    (right)
576767    (right)
454656    (right)
465767    (right)
(blank value)  (right)
(blank value)  (right)
645856    (right)
657457    (wrong)
435454    (wrong)
4545665   (wrong)
345678    (right)
546576767 (wrong)
(blank value)  (right)
```

Version: Excel 2016

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You will likely want a UDF instead of a built-in function. This should work, but likely needs tweaking. Your example in your OP returns `345678` as a correct return, but there are no letters on either side. Therefore, I assume you want either: 6 consecutive numbers on their own, or 6 consecutive numbers with a letter on both sides.

Add this to the workbook module, and you can call like `=return_numbers(A1)`. You may or may not have to add the RegEx Reference to VBEditor.

```Function return_numbers(ByVal cel As Range) As String
Dim strPattern As String
Dim regEx As New RegExp

strPattern = "[a-z]\d{6}[a-z]"

With regEx
.Global = True
.MultiLine = True
.IgnoreCase = True
.Pattern = strPattern
End With

Dim matches As Object
Set matches = regEx.Execute(cel)

If Len(cel) = 6 And IsNumeric(cel) Then
return_numbers = cel.Value
Set regEx = Nothing
Exit Function
End If

If matches.Count <> 0 Then
return_numbers = Mid(matches.Item(0), 2, Len(matches.Item(0)) - 2)
ElseIf matches.Count = 0 Then
strPattern = "[a-z]{1}\d{6}\$"
regEx.Pattern = strPattern
Set matches = regEx.Execute(cel)
If matches.Count <> 0 Then
return_numbers = Mid(matches.Item(0), 2, Len(matches.Item(0)) - 1)
ElseIf matches.Count = 0 Then
strPattern = "^\d{6}[a-z]{1}"
regEx.Pattern = strPattern
Set matches = regEx.Execute(cel)
If matches.Count <> 0 Then
return_numbers = Mid(matches.Item(0), 1, Len(matches.Item(0)) - 1)
End If
End If
End If

Set regEx = Nothing

End Function
```

If you're wanting to speed this up, I think if you switch the `If/else` statements, it might run a little quicker since it won't always run the Regex, if it finds 6 lonely digits

Edit: This is rather clunky. I'm sure there's a better regex pattern, so please let me know.

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`=IFERROR(0+MID(A1,MATCH(8,MMULT(ABS(ISNUMBER(0+MID(MID("ζ"&A1&"ζ",ROW(INDEX(A:A,1):INDEX(A:A,LEN(A1)-5)),8),{1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8},1))-{1,0,0,0,0,0,0,1}),{1;1;1;1;1;1;1;1}),0),6),"")`

Note that if you're not using an English-language-version of Excel then parts of the above may need amending.

Regards

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• You may be better off here with VBA
• unfortunately I do not know VBA.
• So, you only want six numbers returned, where there's a letter on either side?
• yes, I want to pull only six CONTINUOUS numbers. so 565dft676 should give a blank value. But st645594uy should give 645594
• "Therefore, I assume you want either: 6 consecutive numbers on their own, or 6 consecutive numbers with a letter on both sides." OR it can happen one letter in one of the sides, like f565679 it should give 565679. Or 454656g it should give 454656.
• @graphene - What should it return for `x1234567`? or `1234567x`?
• x1234567? or 1234567x? In both cases, a blank value.
• @BruceWayne - The following strPattern: `(?<!\d)(\d{6})(?!\d)` would allow you to avoid the `isnumberic` test alltogether
• it throws an error: user-defined type not defined... and points out to Dim regEx As New RegExp. I suppose I need to add the regfex refernce..