Questions tagged [regex]

regex stands for "regular expressions". They are used to define a string search pattern that could be used in some web applications like Google editors to do input validation, search and replace among other similar tasks.

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Match strings with more than one character in Google Sheets

I have the following query: =QUERY('Data'!A2:F,"SELECT A, B, F WHERE C=''") In column E I also have strings which correspond to last names. I want to select all rows where the string in E has more ...
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Sort QUERY results to the 4th character of a string

I'm trying to pull a list of people based on their last names. The catch is I only want to QUERY people with last names that fit between an alpha range to the 4th character. Example I only want ...
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Why doesn't Google give search results for '*' [asterisk]?

You can search for anything on Google, right? At least, so I thought. I was trying to see how the special characters get encoded in the url, like how & gets converted to %26. I started searching ...
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Use regexmatch to determine if one cell's content contains another's

I want use a cell in regexmatch as regular_expression parameter. My goal is to draw green background for A1 if B1 contains A1 inside of it. How to do this with regexmatch?
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Using regex in Google Sheets data validation

I'm trying to use a regex in the Google Sheets data validation in order to ban the input of special characters, so basically my allowed set should be [a-zA-Z0-9,./()]. I'm using the custom formula ...
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Case insensitive character string filter for multiple individual columns (dynamic input for each)

I'm looking for an efficient way to filter a data set by multiple individual, case insensitive character strings for multiple columns in a Google docs spreadsheet. I can already achieve this by ...
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Count Occurence of a Regex Search Term

Using CTRL+F indicates the number of occurrences of a search term. However, when using regex (via Find and Replace) there's no indication of count. Does anyone know how to find the number of ...
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RegexReplace produces an error

I have two sheets of data as per below: ╔═══════════╦══════╦══════════════╗ ║ SheetName ║ Cell ║ CellValue ║ ╠═══════════╬══════╬══════════════╣ ║ Sheet1 ║ B1 ║ ='sheet2'!A2 ║ ║ Sheet2 ║ ...
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Google spreadsheet query language, match using regex?

I have a query formula that looks into a table and pulls names for example: A B 1 john, andrew blah 2 drew, mike blah I want it to show me all of the rows that ...
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Using regexreplace to surround numbers by parentheses

The data I'm starting with: 1 Hello 2 Just another 22 line 300 Yeah, the first step is to admit you need help I want the "finished" version to look like: (1) Hello (2) Just another (22) ...
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How to sort by date with Google Spreadsheet?

Consider the following text in a single column in a spreadsheet: AAPL 2015 Dec 18 C @ 185.000 AAPL 2016 Mar 18 C @ 160.000 ... How to sort by date? I tried extracting the date using regex, but it ...
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Which formula extracts the domain name from an email address (bob@example.com -> example.com)?

Which Google Spreadsheets formula do I use to get the domain part from an email address? Example: bob@example.com → example.com
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RegExp for data validation

I need a help for regexp writing to validate format: any_positive_integer@any_text,any_positive_integer@any_text, ..... To be exact, "any_positive_integer@any_text" separated by commas and inside, ...
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Is there a way to search and replace a regular expression in Google Docs spreadsheets?

The problem is that I entered a lot of formulas like =round(x+y) into a Google Docs spreadsheet. Now I need them exported to MS Excel and the latter only accepts =round(x+y,0) as a valid format. ...
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What tools exist that can do string matching (ex. regex) websearches? [closed]

Is there any web search tool that can do the following: Perform a web search where one of the keywords is a string pattern, such as ####suffix, and will match the best result that matches a string ...