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I have an =IMPORTHTML function in my spreadsheet that imports a table on a website containing information I need for my spreadsheet. One of these imported cells contains a text string with three different numbers in it. I only need the third number. How can I extract this third number?

I've tried using the following formula, but it only gives me the first occurrence of a number:


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String in A2:

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=REGEXEXTRACT(A2,"(\d+) runs ")

If the test string is of the exact format as shown above, the above REGEX should work.

  • \d+ represents one or more digits.
  • () inside REGEX represent capture group.


Based on the clarification that test strings can also be "run" instead of "runs",

=REGEXEXTRACT(A2,"(\d+) run(?:s){0,1} ")



should work.

Ref: https://github.com/google/re2/blob/master/doc/syntax.txt

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    Yes! Thank you, that's what I was looking for!
    – Gnrl Kitty
    Commented Oct 30, 2017 at 10:53
  • Actually, for some reason, it doesn't work if the number is more than one digit long. It takes the right-most number. So "10" becomes "0" for example.
    – Gnrl Kitty
    Commented Oct 30, 2017 at 10:57
  • The first formula would work perfectly except that the string changes if the third number is "1". Instead of saying "runs" it says "run".
    – Gnrl Kitty
    Commented Oct 30, 2017 at 11:04
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    Completely perfect. I'm sorry about the late clarification. It wasn't until I tested your first function that I discovered "runs" changes to "run" if the number was "1". Thank you again!
    – Gnrl Kitty
    Commented Oct 30, 2017 at 12:21

Since the text string is always identical with the exception of the three numbers in it, it appears I've managed to do what I want with this:

=RIGHT(index(split(A2, " "),12), LEN(index(split(A2, " "),12))-6)

It's not as clean as what I was hoping for, but it seems to work.


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