If you want to stay in Excel, you can likely do this with Powershell, which supports regex.
On Jul 2, 2013, at 8:02 AM, "Harper, Cynthia" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Is there a way to return (in Excel, if possible) the largest 4-digit number (by word boundaries) in a string? I've extracted the 863 fields from Millennium for my active periodicals, and want to find the latest year in each run. I'm willing to estimate it by taking the largest 4-digit number in the string. I'm doing this in Excel. Any help?
> Cindy Harper
> Electronic Services and Serials Librarian
> Virginia Theological Seminary
> 3737 Seminary Road
> Alexandria VA 22304
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