## How to extract email addresses from a excel sheet

**Question:** How to extract email addresses from this sheet? (See pic below)

**Answer:**

### Array formula in D2:

### How to enter the formula as an array formula

### Download excel sample file for this tutorial:

extract_email_2.xls

(Excel 97-2003 Workbook *.xls)

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Excel udf: Filter emails from an excel range

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### Functions

**INDEX(**array,row_num,[column_num]**)**

Returns a value or reference of the cell at the intersection of a particular row and column, in a given range

**MIN(**number1,[number2]**)**

Returns the smallest number in a set of values. Ignores logical values and text

**ROW(**reference**)** returns the rownumber of a reference

**IF(**logical_test;[value_if:true];[value_if_false]**)
**Checks whether a condition is met, and returns one value if TRUE, and another value if FALSE

**ISERROR(**value)

Checks whether a value is an error and returns TRUE or FALSE

**COLUMN(**reference**)** Returns the column number of a reference

**SEARCH()** Returns the number of the character at which a specific character or text string is first found, reading left to right (not case sensitive)

Here's something I came up with to extract the email from an adjacent cell (called A1) of text(so put this formula in B1 and copy down). It assumes the email address has a blank space on either side within the body text.

=CONCATENATE(RIGHT(SUBSTITUTE(LEFT(A1,SEARCH("@",A1,1)-1)," "," ^!",(LEN(LEFT(A1,SEARCH("@",A1,1)-1))-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(LEFT(A1,SEARCH("@",A1,1)-1)," ","")))),(SEARCH("@",A1,1)-SEARCH("^!",SUBSTITUTE(LEFT(A1,SEARCH("@",A1,1)-1)," "," ^!",(LEN(LEFT(A1,SEARCH("@",A1,1)-1))-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(LEFT(A1,SEARCH("@",A1,1)-1)," ","")))),1))),MID(A1,SEARCH("@",A1,1),SEARCH(" ",A1,SEARCH("@",A1,1))-SEARCH("@",A1,1)))

Fred,

Your formula works! Thanks for sharing!

Thanks also for bringing this post to my attention. I have changed the array formula and the attached excel file.

Here is a much shorter formula to find the email address within a cell and it allows that email address to be anywhere within the text (beginning, middle or end)...

=TRIM(RIGHT(SUBSTITUTE(LEFT(A1,FIND("@",A1)-1)," ",REPT(" ",99)),99))&MID(A1,FIND("@",A1),FIND(" ",A1&" ",FIND("@",A1))-FIND("@",A1))

Rick Rothstein (MVP - Excel),

Your formula worked great.

Thanks

Rick Rothstein (MVP - Excel),

Great formula, you got me thinking there for a while! Thanks for sharing!

I'm glad you were able to figure out how my formula (for finding an email address inside a text string) works. Here is a slightly different formula that does what you posted in your original blog entry (get the email address from whatever column it is in)...

=INDEX(A1:C1,1,MIN(IF(ISERR(SEARCH("@",A1:C1)),"",COLUMN(A1:C1))))

This formula, like the one you blogged, requires Ctrl+Shift+Enter to commit it.

Whoops! Sorry, I posted your blogged formula by mistake; here is the formula I meant to post...

=INDEX(1:1,,MAX(COLUMN(A1:C1)*NOT(ISERROR(SEARCH("@",A1:C1)))))

And again, for completeness sake, this formula, like the one you blogged, requires Ctrl+Shift+Enter to commit it.

Rick your formula works!!! so thankful to you!

I have a excel-document with some 2000 rows, with link to contacts details on the internet (where I can find e-mailaddresses) Is it possible to make a string that works for that?

No, I don´t think it is possible. But I believe you can use vba to search the html found at each http address.

A very quick method to extract email addresses is to use a text filter. Select the column with email addresses (and other info) and apply a text filter, using the 'contains' parameter, to filter on the '@' character. That will collapse all rows without an email address, allowing you to cut and past only the email addresses to another spreadsheet, or elsewhere.

Hi Terry! I came across this post by you. I'm just trying to figure out how to get email addresses out from a bunch of all other texts in excel but I'm really unfamiliar with it. Could you give me a more detailed step wise instruction on how to do it? Thanks for your help in advance!

Jun

Terry Wright,

I tried your method and it worked great!

Thanks for commenting!

Any idea how to adapt the formula to do a conditional (i.e. comma-separated) merge of the data from multiple columns, in the case that a single row has emails spread over several columns?

I think I would need to change the MIN as it only pulls the first match out of the set of matched SEARCH values (i.e. anything containing an "@" symbol)... if anyone has an idea of a better function to use than MIN please let me know... my first inclination was to use CONCAT but didn't seem to work.

Well for starters it is CONCATENATE not CONCAT, but this thing is driving me nuts.... beer $ for anyone who solves it

Here's what I'm trying to do:

[email protected] | [email protected] | [email protected] | CONCATENATED LIST

The formula posted here only takes the first occurrence of an email in any column, I'd like to merge a comma-separated list of all the emails in separate columns (same row)

magneticone,

See this post: http://www.get-digital-help.com/2010/08/20/filter-emails-spread-over-several-columns-in-excel/

Guys, just download ASAP utilities, it can do what you talk about and much more, and it's free! (shareware if you are a business only)

Philippe

Hey Rick - You just saved me hours of manual work...hats off to you. Thanks..

Excellent formula by Rick and Oscar

The only issue I found was that if the cell has two email addresses, it picks the first one.

Vikas,

I think you´ll find this post interesting:

Excel udf: Filter emails from an excel range

i need help with filtering emails from my list it does not have blank space with the emails nor is it in a column by itself, how can i filter out just the email.

sample: 1090245911,null,40912,22,LA,[email protected],null,null

mark edwards,

Read Rick Rothstein (MVP - Excel) comment in this post:

http://www.get-digital-help.com/2011/03/16/excel-udf-filter-emails-from-an-excel-range/

Thanks Rick Rothstein. That helped!

Hi,

Im using Excel 2010 and trying to pull just the emails from thousands of cells some of which range from A:L I have tried the above Formulas but keep getting #Value errors. Ive tried troubleshooting where the #error occurs but I cant seem to work it out.

Here is an example of a single Cell that im working with..

7; "John"; "Citizen"; NULL; "Br0nc0s1"; "1990"; "1986"; "1987"; "1988"; "1989"; "1990"; "[email protected]"; "[Statement not provided]"; "1"

Id like for the result of the formula to be

[email protected]

Let me know how you go, if I work it out myself before someone posts a result I will post the formula for refrence sake..

Thanks in advance

Tom,

Enter the formula as an array formula:

1. Select cell D1

2. Paste array formula in formula bar

3. Press and hold Ctrl + Shift

4. Press Enter

that just duplicated the cells rather then extract the email address alone..

I just tried in D1:

=INDEX(A1:C1, 1, MIN(IF(ISERROR(SEARCH("@", A1:C1)), "", COLUMN(A1:C1))))

Ctrl + Shift

while holding ctrl and shift i pressed enter.

Tom,

Take a look at the excel file attached to this post.

same thing happens even if i put the field into the excel file attached to this post. just duplicates the fields..

can you copy paste my example colomns into a spreadsheet of your own, see what I mean and if you know what needs to be done for the desired result, share that with the post? because nothing here is working for me..

Tom,

extract_email_2_tom.xls

Thanks Oscar.

So simple once you figure out you have to do the "text to column" feature first, it also can be used to remove the quotation marks! hooray, finally done with this. thanks

Hello,

Lets say that you have a huge excel sheet with dirty data.

All the email adresses is in the same column but sometimes there is also a phone number next to it.

I have to send all these people a press release so basically I want to collect them and paste them into my email program.

It should look like this when I am finished:

[email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected];

Any good idea?

samuel,

have you read this post:

http://www.get-digital-help.com/2011/03/16/excel-udf-filter-emails-from-an-excel-range/

HI Oscar,

i have excel with a list of email addresses and lot of other contents along with email addresses in a single cell .is there a way to extract only the email addresses that are there in a single cell? .

Sam,

read this post:

Excel udf: Filter emails from an excel range

and Rick Rothstein's (MVP - Excel) comment.

Hey Oscar,

Trying to modify the formula to work with a column without much luck. In column A I have:

A1: John Smith

A2: 123 any street

A3: Any town

A4: Zip

A5: email

Sometimes I may also have a company name so email will be A6. In B1 I want to extract the e-mail address. Any thoughts?

thanks guys, this has been a big help.