I need to find a way to get a portion from a field
called opportunity name into its own field called XID,

an example of an opportunity name is NETC-5000-2016-NG2580.

Start and end locations will not always be the same but the beginning would be -NG and the end would be the first space after that.

So in the case above NG2580

Not all Opportunity Names would have a -NG

And tried

          FIND( "-NG" ; [Opportunity Name] )
         [Opportunity Name]
         ;FIND( "-NG" ; [Opportunity Name] )
               " "
               ;[Opportunity Name]&" "
               ;FIND( "-NG" ; [Opportunity Name] )
               -FIND( "-NG" ; [Opportunity Name] )
  • I tried to be careful with adding spaces and linebreaks, did I delete that ) after the FIND that looks for the space " "? Or is that the error you have in your Formula? Commented Jan 10, 2017 at 9:57
  • it just got a generic error when I tried to add to the calculated field and clicked ok... maybe what would make it easier is the substring would start where -NG begins plus one and always go for 6 characters
    – user63270
    Commented Jan 10, 2017 at 10:00
  • Yea tried this and get an error =IF(ISERR(FIND( "-NG" ; [Opportunity Name] ));"";MID([Opportunity Name];FIND( "-NG" ; [Opportunity Name] );FIND(" ";[Opportunity Name]&" ";FIND( "-NG" ; [Opportunity Name] ));FIND( "-NG" ; [Opportunity Name] ) ) ) The formula contains a syntax error or is not supported.
    – user63270
    Commented Jan 10, 2017 at 10:16

1 Answer 1


Try this formula

=IF(ISERROR(MID(A4,SEARCH("-NG",A4,1)+1,SEARCH(" ",A4,SEARCH("-NG",A4))-SEARCH("-NG",A4)-1)),"",MID(A4,SEARCH("-NG",A4,1)+1,SEARCH(" ",A4,SEARCH("-NG",A4))-SEARCH("-NG",A4)-1))

Replace A4 by SharePoint column name - [Opportunity Name]

  • 1
    note: if you add a Tab or 4 spaces, Formulas in posts will be formatted as code and syntax highlighting will be applied Commented Jan 10, 2017 at 10:53
  • =RIGHT([Opportunity Name],LEN([Opportunity Name])-INT(FIND("-NG",[Opportunity Name]))) Opportunity Name = PMNMCI-5000-2015-NG1270 - Tier 3 Field Service Support Result is - NG1270 - Tier 3 Field Service Support Now I need to figure out how to get on the 6 characters NG1270 AND when -NG does not exist I don't want #VALUE!
    – user63270
    Commented Jan 10, 2017 at 12:14
  • Try above updated formula Commented Jan 11, 2017 at 5:13

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