How to extract initials from names in Excel?
When you are processing customer records or doing mail merge, getting initials from a given name may be useful for you, for instance, HG for Hal Greer. So here I introduce some tricks for you to quickly extract initials from the name list in Excel.
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First method is using formula to extract initials from names in Microsoft Excel.
Select a blank cell, for instance, Cell C2, type this formula =LEFT(A2)&IF(ISNUMBER(FIND(" ",A2)),MID(A2,FIND(" ",A2)+1,1),"")&IF(ISNUMBER(FIND(" ",A2,FIND(" ",A2)+1)),MID(A2,FIND(" ",A2,FIND(" ",A2)+1)+1,1),"")(A2 is the first cell of your name list), press Enter button, then drag the fill handle to fill the range. Now you see all initials of each name are extracted from the name list.
Besides formula, you can use the Defined Function to extract initials from specified names easily in Microsoft Excel.
1. Select a cell of the column you want to select and press Alt + F11 to open the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.
2. In the pop-up window, click Insert > Module, then paste the following VBA code into the module.
VBA: Extract initials from names
Function FirstCharacters(pWorkRng As Range) As String 'Updateby20140514 Dim arr As Variant Dim xValue As String Dim OutValue As String xValue = pWorkRng.Value arr = VBA.Split(Trim(xValue)) For i = 0 To UBound(arr) OutValue = OutValue & VBA.Left(arr(i), 1) & "." Next FirstCharacters = OutValue End Function
3. Save the code and close the window, select a blank cell and type this formula = FirstCharacters(A2), then press Enter button, and drag the fill handle to fill the range you want. After that, you can see the initials of each name are extracted.
Tip: You can change the separators "." of the initials as you need in the above VBA.
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To post as a guest, your comment is unpublished.· 1 days agoThank you for this!! I had been struggling with getting initials from a last name with a space or hyphen and was able to use this formula as-is, with the addition of another IF that searched for a hyphen. A huge relief!!
To post as a guest, your comment is unpublished.· 4 months agoI used the formula above, but if the person does not put a space between their first / last name, how do you keep that from error out?
To post as a guest, your comment is unpublished.· 9 months agoAmazing Thank you!
To post as a guest, your comment is unpublished.· 1 years agohi there
I Want to sort full name in to a new format if excel cell has text character more than 25 how to show it in initials and last name
Ex 01:- name has more than 25 characters
Full Name : Mildred Dresselhaus Lene Vestergaard Hau
Show as : M.D.L Vestergaard Hau
(it may add if more initials are ther for a long name)
Full Name : Enrico Fermi
Show as : Enrico Fermi
To post as a guest, your comment is unpublished.· 2 years agoIf the text contains more than 03 words
To post as a guest, your comment is unpublished.· 3 years agoThis works!!! Thank you!
To post as a guest, your comment is unpublished.· 5 years agoThank you! :lol: quite useful!
To post as a guest, your comment is unpublished.· 6 years agolovely - thanks for this!!