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How to extract text before/after space or comma only in Excel?

When you want to extract the text before or after the space from the list as shown as below, do you have a good way to get it done? Let me tell you some trick ways to extract text before or after space only in Excel.


Extract text before or after space with formula in Excel

You can quickly extract the text before space from the list only by using formula.

Select a blank cell, and type this formula =LEFT(A1,(FIND(" ",A1,1)-1)) (A1 is the first cell of the list you want to extract text) , and press Enter button.

Tips:
(1) If you want to extract text before or after comma, you can change " " to ",".
(2) If you want to extract the text after space only, use this formula =MID(A1,FIND(" ",A1)+1,256).
(3) This method extracts text by the first space in specified cells. If more than one spaces exist in the cell, for example the "Katty J James", the formula =MID(A1,FIND(" ",A1)+1,256) will extract all characters after the first space.

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Extract numbers (or text) only from one cell/column into different columns/rows

Kutools for Excel enhances its Split Cells utility and supports to batch extract all text characters or numbers from one cell/column into two columns/rows.


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Extract text before or after space with Kutools for Excel

If you have installed Kutools for Excel, you can use its Extract Text utility to quickly extract text before or after space only from a list.

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1. Select the list and click Kutools > Text > Extract Text. See screenshot:

2. In the pop-up dialog, type * and a space into the Text box, click Add button, only check this new added rule in the Extract list section, and click the Ok button.
Tip: If you want to extract text after space only, type a space and follow * into the Text box in this step.

3. In another popping dialog, please specify the first cell address of destination range you will output extracted data, and click OK button. Till now, you can see the texts before space have been extracted only.
     
Note: If you want to extract text before or after comma, you can type *, or ,* into the Text box.


Extract text before space and after space/comma separately at the same time

Kutools for Excel supports another utility of Split Cell utility to help us extract both text before space/comma and text after space/comma, and output them into different cells. Please do as follows:

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1. Select the list of text strings that you will extract from, and click the Kutools > Text > Split Cells.

2. In the opening Split Cells dialog box, specify the split type in the Type section, check one split separator in the Split by section, and click the Ok button. See screenshot above:
In our case, we check the Split to Columns option and Space option, and click the Ok button. And now the list of text string is split to column or rows based on space. See screenshot below:

Note: If you need to extract text before or after comma, please check the Other option in the first Split Cells dialog box, and type the comma "," into below box.


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thanks a lot
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hello olivia john
hello olivia john david
hello olivia john robert more

Excel contains the data we need, but I'd like a value of end to appear before words like as.

john
david
more
Please provide any formula's clarification.
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Hi, Nandakumar, I do not understand you problem. Do you want to extract the end word from each string or like to add the end value of the front cell before words in next cell?
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hello olivia john
hello olivia john david
hello olivia john robert more

Excel contains the data we need, but I'd like a value of end to appear before words like as.

hello olivia john john
hello olivia john david david
hello olivia john robert more more

Please provide any formula's clarification.
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Tried your example, I needed to read from cell D2 and read something before a space

=LEFT(D2,(FIND(" ","D2",1)-1))

and got: #VALUE!
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Try with ";" instead of ","
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What is the first "data" location for the sentence in row 6? ..Please answer me 🙏
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Thank you!
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Muchas gracias
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Hello, thanks for this article, but is there a way for a mid function to work on the second space?
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Hi Aland,
For example there is a sentence in the cell B3, you can extract the text after the second space from this cell with formula =MID(B3,FIND(" ",B3,FIND(" ",B3)+1),256)
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Mehar Kusum Manav Maa Singh Bisht

what is formula for separate above words...
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Hi Mehar singh bisht,
Do you mean split “Mehar Kusum Manav Maa Singh Bisht”, and place every word in a separate cell? You can select the cell containing the content, and click Data > Split to Column (set the delimiter as space) to split it.
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