How to remove middle initial from full name in Excel?

Maybe sometimes, you need to remove only the middle initial from a list of full names in Excel, you can remove them manually one by one, but it is time waste if there are dozens of names. So now you need a quick and simple way to remove all middle initials at once. Here you can choose one of the ways I introduce in below to solve this problem in Excel.

Remove middle initial from full name with formulas in Excel

Remove middle initial from full name with Find and Replace in Excel

Remove middle initial from full name with formulas in Excel

Using formula may be a very easy way for most of Excel users.

Select a blank cell next to the name list, and type this formula =TRIM(LEFT(A1,FIND(" ",LOWER(A1),1))) & " " & TRIM(MID(A1,FIND(" ",LOWER(A1),FIND(" ",LOWER(A1),1)+1)+1,LEN(A1)-FIND(" ",LOWER(A1),1)+1)) into it, then press Enter button on the keyboard and drag the Auto Fill handle to fill the range needed to apply the formula. Now you can see all the name of the list are shown in the new column without middle initials.

Remove middle initial from full name with Find and Replace in Excel

You can use Find and Replace function in Excel to remove middle initial, too.

1. Select the name list and press Ctrl + F to open Find and Replace dialog.

2. Then click Replace tab, and type a space + * + a space into the Find what text box, and press a space into Replace with text box. See screenshot:

3. Then click Replace All. You can see all the middle initials are removed. See screenshots:

Note: This method will change your original list, you’d better copy and save the original list before applying this function.

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I have a huge list of names, initials and email address. I have filtered the email addresses out and now need to filter out the rows that contain the initials to be left with just the names. Is there a way to accomplish this?
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This is great can you also combine Surname, Forename M (Middle Initial) to convert to Forename Surname.
1. Switching Surname and Forename2. Removing Middle Initial 3. Removing Comma
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best explanation, praise you good people
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thanks you very much
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thanks sir ghanto ka kam minto me ho gaya
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