Hi, I hope someone can help me. Maybe the problem is easy, but let's see your opinion. I have a range of cells that have numeric and textual data (in the same cell) and I'd like to sum only the numeric data. Can someone help me with creating/using some formula to calculate it?

I have something like this:

A1 1 (apple)

A2 1 (apple)

A3 2 (apple)

A4 1 (orange)

A5 3 (plum).

I'd like to get the sum of all e.g. fruits. Ideally, I could get the sums per individual fruit.

Manual counting still is an option, but I'm 20 years short to finishing it :).

Any idea?

Thanks

The brute force method is this: =SUM(LEFT(A1,1),LEFT(A2,1),LEFT(A3,1), etc.)

If you need to keep the data in the cells intact, you could put this in B1 and then drag it down:

=LEFT(A1,1)

That will give you a list of numbers that you could Sum.

If it's OK to split the cells, select Column A and perform Data...Text-to-Columns...Delimited by a space.

That will create a column of numbers and a column of text.

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Thanks DerbyDad03!

The method with the LEFT doesn't work, SUM is not recognizing the values as numbers and is not summing them. The "text to columns" option helped a lot, although not the way you suggested. I used fixed "fixed width" because some of my cells contain more than one word (e.g. red apples); so I used one column for the numbers and another one for the text.

Thanks a lot for the help! I appreciate it.

=LEFT(A1,1) * 1 or =LEFT(a1,1,) + 0 or anything similar will return a number which can then be summed.

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