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#1 Marla



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Posted 15 May 2017 - 04:04 PM

I need help with a spreadsheet that has numbers and two letters at the end of the numbers.  I want the number to increase by one each time and I want the letters to stay the same.  Example - 9910TB starting would be on row A1, Row A2 should be 9911TB, Row A3 should be 9912TB. 


Please tell me the way to accomplish this.


#2 Jonathan


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Posted 15 May 2017 - 09:28 PM

Hi Marla,


The easiest way to do this would be to use the Flash Fill feature, as shown in the video lesson: Essential Skills Lesson 2-18 Use automatic Flash Fill to split delimited text.


Flash Fill was introduced in Excel 2013 so you will only be able to use it if you have Excel 2013 or a newer version (such as Excel 2016).


If you're not able to use Flash Fill, you can achieve the same thing by creating a column of ascending numbers and then using the concatenation operator (&) to append the letters "TB" to the number.


You can see how to quickly create ascending numbers in the video lesson: Essential Skills Lesson 2-14 Use AutoFill for text and numeric series.

For more on the concatenation operator, see the video tutorial: Expert Skills Lesson 3-18 Concatenate strings using the concatenation operator.


I have attached an example workbook showing this in action:


Attached File  TBCodes.xlsx   9.78KB   88 downloads



I hope this is the answer you were looking for, but please feel free to reply if you need any more help with this.

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