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How to extract text between two words in Excel?

For instance, you have a list of values showed as below, and you just want to extract the text string between two words of "KTE" and "feature", there are any good ways to solve it? Here I introduce some tricky ways for you to extract the text between two specified words in Excel.

Extract text between two words with formula in Excel
Extract text between two words with Kutools for Excel

Extract text between two words with formula in Excel

In Excel, you can using a formula to extract text between two words by doing as follow:

1. Select a blank cell, enter the below formula into it and then press the Enter key.


2. Drag the fill handle to fill the range you want to apply this formula. Now the text strings between "KTE" and "feature" are extracted only.


  • 1. In this formula,A1 is the cell you want to extract text from.
  • 2. KTE and feature are the words you want to extract text between.
  • 3. The number 3 is the characters length of KTE, and number 4 is equal to the characters length of KTE plus one.

Extract text between two words with Kutools for Excel

If the text you want to extract locates between the first and last words in cell and they are separated by spaces as below screenshot shown. The Extract Text utility of Kutools for Excel can help you.

Before applying Kutools for Excel, please download and install it firstly.

1. Select the range with text strings you want to extract between two words, and then click Kutools > Text > Extract Text. See screenshot:


2. In the Extract Text dialog box, you need to:

  • (1) Press the Space key once, type character “*”, and then press the Space key once again (it should be Space*Space).
  • (2) Click the Add key to add the extracted rule to the list.
  • (3) Click the OK button.

3. In the second Extract Text dialog box, select a blank cell for locating the extracted string, and then click the OK button.

Now all texts between specified two words KTE and feature in selected range are extracted.

  If you want to have a free trial ( 30-day) of this utility, please click to download it, and then go to apply the operation according above steps.

Extract text between two words with Kutools for Excel

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    Marcelo · 3 years ago
    Excellent post! Saved my live :)