I have data in a column in this format:

1 P01 - Product Name here - PAID IN FULL

2 P02 - Product2 Name here - PARTIALLY PAID 20

1 P03 - Product2 Name here

I've been trying to extract just the middle part, i.e. the code & product name, using regex. This bit P03 - Product2 Name here The dash between the code & name should be left as is.

I managed to remove the first bit, 1.... etc, but I can't seem to get rid of the last bit - PAID IN FULL etc. This last dash should also go.

Using Regexreplace


result: P01 - Product Name here - PAID IN FULL


=arrayformula(REGEXEXTRACT(A2:A3, "[^(\d)\s].*"))

result: P01 - Product Name here - PAID IN FULL

=arrayformula(REGEXEXTRACT(A2:A3, "[^(\d)\s+].*[^-A-Z$]"))

result: P01 - Product Name here - PAID IN

Extract & replace

=arrayformula(REGEXEXTRACT(A2:A4, "[^(\d)\s+].*[^-$]"))


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Same above formula edited a bit to remove ^ before - :

=arrayformula(REGEXEXTRACT(A2:A4, "[^(\d)\s+].***[-$]**")) 


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1 Answer 1


Using a capturing group, we can match a pattern then choose which part of the pattern we want to return.

=ArrayFormula(REGEXEXTRACT(A2:A4,"^\d\s+(\w\d+\s+-\s+[A-z 0-9]+)"))


  1. I'm using \s+ since I noticed that the spaces can be a variable length.
  2. ^\d\s+ This is the beginning of the text. I have a feeling this won't change significantly.
  3. \w\d+ is the P01. If your product code can include many leading letters, change it to \w+\d+.
  4. \s+-\s+ is just the dash, including the spaces around.
  5. [A-z 0-9]+ is just a char set that includes all alphanumeric characters and spaces. Simply adjust this if your product names aren't included here. Dashes in product names will not work for this pattern.
  • Wow David. That worked. I swear I tried numerous combinations but none worked. Thank you so much!
    – Genny
    Jun 25, 2022 at 13:18
  • Your welcome, @Genny !
    – David Tan
    Jun 25, 2022 at 14:08

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