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How to reverse text string or words order in Excel?

When you use the Excel worksheet, how do you reverse the text string or words order in Excel? For example, you want to reverse “Excel is a useful tool for us” to “su rof loot lufesu a si lecxE”. Or sometimes you may reverse the words order such as “Excel, Word, PowerPoint, OneNote” to “OneNote, PowerPoint, Word, Excel”. Normally this is somewhat difficult to solve this problem. Please look at the following methods:

Reverse text string with User Defined Function

Reverse words order separated by specific separator with VBA code

Reverse text string or words order with Kutools for Excel quickly and easily


Reverse text order based on specific separator:

With Kutools for Excel’s Reverse Text feature, you can quickly reverse text string from right to left, at the same time, you can also reverse them based on some specific separators, such as comma, carriage return, space, etc.

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arrow blue right bubble Reverse text string with User Defined Function


Supposing you have a range of text strings which you want to reverse, such as “add leading zeros in Excel” to “lecxE ni sorez gnidael dda”. You can reverse the text with following steps:

1. Hold down the ALT + F11 keys, and it opens the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.

2. Click Insert > Module, and paste the following macro in the Modulewindow.

Function Reversestr(str As String) As String
    Reversestr = StrReverse(Trim(str))
End Function

3. And then save and close this code, go back to the worksheet, and enter this formula: =reversestr(A2) into a blank cell to put the result, see screenshot:

4. Then drag the fill handle down to copy this formula, and the text in the cells is revered at once, see screenshot:


arrow blue right bubble Reverse words order separated by specific separator with VBA code

If you have a list of cell words which are separated by commas as this “teacher, doctor, student, worker, driver”, and you want to reverse the words order like this “drive, worker, student, doctor, teacher”. You can also use follow VBA to solve it.

1. Hold down the ALT + F11 keys, and it opens the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.

2. Click Insert > Module, and paste the following macro in the Module window.

Sub ReverseWord()
'Updateby20131128
Dim Rng As Range
Dim WorkRng As Range
Dim Sigh As String
On Error Resume Next
xTitleId = "KutoolsforExcel"
Set WorkRng = Application.Selection
Set WorkRng = Application.InputBox("Range", xTitleId, WorkRng.Address, Type:=8)
Sigh = Application.InputBox("Symbol interval", xTitleId, ",", Type:=2)
For Each Rng In WorkRng
    strList = VBA.Split(Rng.Value, Sigh)
    xOut = ""
    For i = UBound(strList) To 0 Step -1
        xOut = xOut & strList(i) & Sigh
    Next
    Rng.Value = xOut
Next
End Sub

3. Then press F5 key, a dialog is displayed, please select a range to work with. See screenshot:

4. And then press Ok, another dialog is popped out for you to specify the separator that you want to reverse the words based on, see screenshot:

5. Then click OK, and you can see the words selected are reversed, see screenshots:


arrow blue right bubble Reverse text string or words order with Kutools for Excel quickly and easily

The Kutools for Excel’s Reverse Text Order can help you quickly and conveniently to reverse various text strings. It can do following operations:

Reverse the text from right to left, such as “tap some words” to “sdrow emos pat”;

Reverse the text are separated by space or other specific characters, such as “apple orange grape” to “grape orange apple”;

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Reverse the text from right to left:

1. Select the range that you want to reverse.

2. Click Kutools > Text Tools > Reverse Text Order, see screenshot:

3. In the Reverse Text dialog box, select the proper option from Separator which are corresponding with the cell values. And you can preview the results from the Preview Pane. See screenshot:

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Reverse the text are separated by space or other specific characters:

This feature also can help you to reverse the text strings which are separated by specific characters.

1. Select the cells and apply this utility by clicking Kutools > Text > Reverse Text Order.

2. In the Reverse Text dialog box, choose the separator which separate the cell values that you want to reversed the words based on, see screenshot:

3. Then click Ok or Apply, the words in the cells have been reversed at once. See screenshots:

Note:Checking Skip non-text cells to prevent you reversing the numbers in selected range.

To know more about this function, please visit Reverse Text Order.

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arrow blue right bubble Demo: Reverse text string based on specific separator with Kutools for Excel

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    vee · 2 months ago
    Is it possible to start the reverse at a certain character length (for the user-defined function or VBA code)? For example, reverse cell A1 values starting after the character count equal to B1 value. So if B1 is 10 characters reverse will start at characters 11+ in A1..
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    piphat · 3 months ago
    I found that the original Sub gave out the results with additional sigh at the end of all selected cells. So I fixed this part.
    For i = UBound(strList) To 0 Step -1
    If i > 0 Then xOut = xOut & strList(i) & Sigh Else xOut = xOut & strList(i)
    Next
    Rng.Value = xOut
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    Duncan Sullivan-Shaw · 1 years ago
    It's possible to reverse text using formula, it is repetitive and limited to how far you are prepared to go and subject to number of characters excel will allow in the formula bar.

    Max length of text will be 30 chars and is in cell A1. Cell B1 would read:

    =TRIM(MID(LEFT(A1&REPT(" ",31),31),30,1)&MID(LEFT(A1&REPT(" ",31),31),29,1)&MID(LEFT(A1&REPT(" ",31),31),28,1)&MID(LEFT(A1&REPT(" ",31),31),27,1)&MID(LEFT(A1&REPT(" ",31),31),26,1)&MID(LEFT(A1&REPT(" ",31),31),25,1)&MID(LEFT(A1&REPT(" ",31),31),24,1)&MID(LEFT(A1&REPT(" ",31),31),23,1)&MID(LEFT(A1&REPT(" ",31),31),22,1)&MID(LEFT(A1&REPT(" ",31),31),21,1)&MID(LEFT(A1&REPT(" ",31),31),20,1)&MID(LEFT(A1&REPT(" ",31),31),19,1)&MID(LEFT(A1&REPT(" ",31),31),18,1)&MID(LEFT(A1&REPT(" ",31),31),17,1)&MID(LEFT(A1&REPT(" ",31),31),16,1)&MID(LEFT(A1&REPT(" ",31),31),15,1)&MID(LEFT(A1&REPT(" ",31),31),14,1)&MID(LEFT(A1&REPT(" ",31),31),13,1)&MID(LEFT(A1&REPT(" ",31),31),12,1)&MID(LEFT(A1&REPT(" ",31),31),11,1)&MID(LEFT(A1&REPT(" ",31),31),10,1)&MID(LEFT(A1&REPT(" ",31),31),9,1)&MID(LEFT(A1&REPT(" ",31),31),8,1)&MID(LEFT(A1&REPT(" ",31),31),7,1)&MID(LEFT(A1&REPT(" ",31),31),6,1)&MID(LEFT(A1&REPT(" ",31),31),5,1)&MID(LEFT(A1&REPT(" ",31),31),4,1)&MID(LEFT(A1&REPT(" ",31),31),3,1)&MID(LEFT(A1&REPT(" ",31),31),2,1)&MID(LEFT(A1&REPT(" ",31),31),1,1))

    Result: A1: Duncan Sullivan-Shaw B1: wahS-navilluS nacnuD

    Basically your text in cell A1 becomes 31 characters long by adding enough spaces to enable this, and each character is read singularly from right to left until you reach the first character. This will result in your reversed text containing leading spaces, which the TRIM command removes for you. To reduce or increase the length you would remove or add each statement. The number within the REPT statement should be 1 more than the maximum length you are working to and your first MID statement will start at the maximum length working down to 1.
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    Mohanned Tayyeb · 1 years ago
    hi all,

    i don't have Kutools to reverse a character of text, if anybody has this tools and want to help me, please send me email to send my file to you for reverse.

    my email is: [b][b][b][/b][/b][/b]




    with regards,
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    CHARL · 1 years ago
    Hi I would like to reverse Dates.

    20/11/2015 to 2015/11/20

    Any Help?

    Thanks
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      Gaston · 1 years ago
      For dates all you need to do is change the format of the cell to the format needed. Right click on the cell you would like to reverse and select format cell. Select Date under the category section and change the location from wherever you are to US or Czech or another country that may use the format you are interested in. Then pick the one that matches your requirements.