Match the first letters with a formula in an excel report

In some reports, the categorization contains different variables and I need to regroup them into only 1 type so I can filter easier and create a chart showing this single type vs other ones.



When I use the formula ?

Sometimes I need to have a quick look to know how many data for 1 single common category.


How to use the formula ?

The formula in this topic is with ";" so depending of the operating system of your PC, the formula should have "," instead of ";".


How are the formulas ?



This formula will search in the cell A2, for instance, the 5 first characters of the word “service”, “service down”, “service hung”, etc.:

=IF(LEFT(A2;5)="servi";"match";"no match")

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