Tip: Other languages are Google-Translated. You can visit the English version of this link.
Log in
x
or
x
x
Register
x

or

How to extract first/last n characters from string in Excel?

For instance, there is a list with long strings in each cell, and you want to extract the first n characters from each string only, like the first 3 characters of each string, and now you can use the following methods to solve it in Excel.

Extract first/last n characters from string with formula

Extract first/last n characters from string with Kutools for Excel

Excel Productivity Tools

Office Tab: Bring powerful tabs to Office (include Excel), just like Chrome, Safari, Firefox and Internet Explorer. Save you half the time, and reduce thousands of mouse clicks for you. 30-day Unlimited Free Trial

Kutools for Excel: Save 70% of your time and solve 80% Excel problems for you. 300+ advanced features designed for 1500+ work scenario, make Excel much easy and increase productivity immediately. 60-day Unlimited Free Trial


arrow blue right bubble Extract first/last n characters from string with formula


Extract first n characters from string

Select a blank cell, here I select the Cell G1, and type this formula =LEFT(E1,3) (E1 is the cell you want to extract the first 3 characters from), press Enter button, and drag fill handle to the range you want. Then you see the first 3 characters are extracted.

If you want to extract the last n characters, like the last 3 characters, type this formula = RIGHT(E1, 3).


arrow blue right bubble Extract first/last n characters from string with Kutools for Excel

The Remove by Position feature of Kutools for Excel also can extract the first or last n characters only from strings in Excel.

Kutools for Excel includes more than 300 handy Excel tools. Free to try with no limitation in 30 days. Get it Now

1. Select the range you want to extract first 3 characters firstly, and click Kutools > Text Tools > Remove by position. See screenshot:

2. In the Remove by Position dialog, you need to type the number of the characters you want to remove from the string into the Numbers textbox, like in this case, I want to reserve the first 3 characters, so I need to remove 8 characters from right, then check From right. See screenshot

3. Click Ok, and you see only the first 3 character are reserved.

Tip: If you want to extract the last 3 characters, check From left and specify the number of the characters you want to remove from the strings.

Note:

1. Applying this feature will change your original data, you’d better copy them firstly.

2. Only all the strings in each cell have the some characters long can this feature work.

Click here for more on Remove by Position.


Relative Articles:


Excel Productivity Tools

Ribbon of Excel (with Kutools for Excel installed)

300+ Advanced Features Increase Your Productivity by 70%, and Help You To Stand Out From Crowd!

Would you like to complete your daily work quickly and perfectly? Kutools For Excel brings 300+ cool and powerful advanced features (Combine workbooks, sum by color, split cell contents, convert date, and so on...) for 1500+ work scenarios, helps you solve 80% Excel problems.

  • Deal with all complicated tasks in seconds, help to enhance your work ability, get success from the fierce competition, and never worry about being fired.
  • Save a lot of work time, leave much time for you to love and care the family and enjoy a comfortable life now.
  • Reduce thousands of keyboard and mouse clicks every day, relieve your tired eyes and hands, and give you a healthy body.
  • Become an Excel expert in 3 minutes, and get admiring glance from your colleagues or friends.
  • No longer need to remember any painful formulas and VBA codes, have a relaxing and pleasant mind, give you a thrill you've never had before.
  • Spend only $39, but worth than $4000 training of others. Being used by 110,000 elites and 300+ well-known companies.
  • 60-day unlimited free trial. 60-day money back guarantee. Free upgrade and support for 2 years. Buy once, use forever.
  • Change the way you work now, and give you a better life immediately!

Office Tab Brings Efficient And Handy Tabs to Office (include Excel), Just Like Chrome, Firefox, And New IE

  • Increases your productivity by 50% when viewing and editing multiple documents.
  • Reduce hundreds of mouse clicks for you every day, say goodbye to mouse hand.
  • Open and create documents in new tabs of same window, rather than in new windows.
  • Help you work faster and easily stand out from the crowd! One second to switch between dozens of open documents!
Say something here...
symbols left.
You are guest ( Sign Up? )
or post as a guest, but your post won't be published automatically.
Loading comment... The comment will be refreshed after 00:00.
  • To post as a guest, your comment is unpublished.
    matt · 17 days ago
    i'm trying to set up a formula in my current worksheet. i want to remove everything after the first 5 numbers. I cant use kutools app at work. I dont know how to add the formula in to my current one. Any thoughts? the 53090 is what i would want and that is located in cell Q. This is a break down of 75 different numbers for different groups. I have each set of numbers assigned to a different grouping. As of right now i manually have to keep removing the extra numbers from each cell.

    =SUM(COUNTIFS($O$12:$O$193,"530",$Q$12:$Q$193,{"53090","53095"}))
  • To post as a guest, your comment is unpublished.
    Gary Zeune · 1 years ago
    I love Kutools explanation needs to say this Kutools works only if the cells have the same number of characters. It won't work if the cells have different number of characters. For example, say I want to extract the first character of these FDIC board members ie, M, L and B. Kutools won't do it. But "=LEFT(E1,3)" in the first technique will work.
    Martin J. Gruenberg
    Lorraine Dennison
    Barbara Ryan