Need text removed after space



  • I need to remove the text after all this file numbers including the space before the text. The ultimate goal is to convert the column into a row and have the digits separated by a comma WITHOUT any leading spaces.

    Here is what I have:
    18.1 SECURITY KEY
    18.2 OPTION SCHEDULE
    23.16 PRF ASSIGNMENT
    24 WARD LOCATION
    78 HOSPITAL LOCATION

    and this is what I am seeking:
    18.1,18.2,23.16,24,78

    Thank you in advanced for the help!!



  • Welcome to the Community Forum, @Yamilet-Brown. You said:

    The ultimate goal is to convert the column into a row and have the digits separated by a comma WITHOUT any leading spaces.

    Thank you for the before and after data: that helps.

    You can do it using regular expressions. I came up with one that seems to do the trick, for me, with your test data.

    • Find = (?-s)\d+\.?\d*\K\s+.*\R*(\Z)?
      • (?-s) = disable . match space
      • \d+\.?\d* = match one or more digits, followed by optional literal decimal point, followed by 0 or more digits
      • \K= assuming this much has been matched, clear that (so the replace won’t replace the numeric prefix).
      • \s+.*\R* = grab a space after the number, plus any characters to the end of the line, plus any EOL character(s)
      • (\Z)? = check if it’s the end of the line, and store in group #1
    • Replace = (?1:,)
      • This is using the cool “conditional” replacement described here: if group #1 matched in the Find expression, then replace the whole expression with NOTHING (don’t want a comma at the end of the file), otherwise replace everything with a comma.
    • Search Mode = ☑ Regular Expression

    If that isn’t sufficient, please read below, and give enough details to show why it wasn’t sufficient for your needs.

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  • OMG!! it worked… thank you so so much ☻


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