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How can I extract only mobile numbers from my text file? Mobile numbers format is 03xx-xxxxxxx.

Text is something like this:

1 Mr.Pervaiz Ahmad Latifi Rajput Traders, W/571, Ratta Road, Near Novalty Cinema, Rawalpindi Tel:5774972,5775283,0300-5358177 Fax # E-mail: www. -

2 Mr.Ashraf Raza Khan Imran Aluminium Works, Shop # 06, 73-A, Usman Pura, Rawalpindi Tel:0300-9544837 Fax # E-mail: www. -

I need to extract mobile numbers and list them one by one in a new line. For example:


Please let me know all steps accordingly as I know nothing. I really appreciate your quick & kind help!

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closed as unclear what you're asking by Mokubai, Scott, mpy, nc4pk, Dave M Nov 7 '13 at 19:05

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A regular expression to match phone numbers is very common there are also hundreds of examples. What have you tried? – Ramhound Sep 27 '13 at 12:46
I don't know regex neither worked in excel :( – Farhan Ali Sep 27 '13 at 12:48
If you'd like to do this in Excel, edit your question to say so specifically. (You say "text file", which is a very different thing). There might be an excel search that'll do it for you (I wouldn't know). – alexis Sep 27 '13 at 12:50
@user257912 - You said nothing about Excel in your question. Your question isn't clear and is likely to be closed at this rate. I am pretty sure VBS ( Visual Basic Script ) supports Regular Expressions thus Excel should be able to do this. – Ramhound Sep 27 '13 at 12:53

Welcome to Be aware that this site is for people who'll do a little work themselves-- It's not a good fit for questions about which you "know nothing".

You can do what you're looking for with "regular expressions". For example, you can match numbers of the form 03xx-xxxxxxx with the regular expression /\b03\d\d-\d{7}\b/.

Many programming and scripting languages include regular expressions, and there are even websites where you can upload a text file and experiment with searching it. Check them out and come back when you have more specific questions.

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thanks anyways! – Farhan Ali Sep 27 '13 at 12:51
Finally, I have found the way & extracted mobile numbers from text doc. Now, they are formatted one by one in a new line. for example: 03008565710 03335214569 0922563141 0515792424 But I want to delete the number lines which are not starting with 03xxXXXXXXX ? – Farhan Ali Sep 27 '13 at 14:22
If you are on Linux or OS X, use egrep '^03' numbers.txt > mobiles.txt. If you're on Windows, clarify that in your question or download one of the many grep-lookalikes (e.g., grepWin might be able to do it). And read up on regular expressions, they have many uses. – alexis Sep 30 '13 at 20:03

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