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How to remove texts before or after a specific character from cells in Excel?

This article introduces different methods of removing texts before or after a specific character or the nth occurrence character from cells in Excel.


Delete texts before or after specific character by Find and Replace in Excel

For removing all texts before or after a specific character with the Find and Replace function, please do as follows.

1. Select the cells you will remove texts before or after a specific character, press Ctrl + H keys to open the Find and Replace dialog.

In the Find and Replace dialog box:

1. For removing all before the specific character such as comma, please type *, into the Find what text box;

2. For removing all after the specific character such as comma, please type ,* into the Find what text box;

Notes:

1. You can change the comma to any character as you need.

2. In this case, all texts before the last comma or after the first comma will be removed from the selected cells.

2. Keep the Replace with text box empty, and then click the Replace All button. See screenshot:


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Delete texts before or after the first/last specific character by formula

This section will show you formulas of deleting everything before or after the first/last specific character from cells in Excel.

To remove everything before the first comma, please:

Select a blank cell, copy and paste the below formula into it, and press Enter key. Then drag the Fill Handle to apply the formula to other cells. See screenshot:

Formula: Remove everything before the first comma

=RIGHT(B5,LEN(B5)-FIND(",",B5))

Notes:

1. In the above formula, B5 is the cell you will remove texts from, and "," is the character you will remove texts based on.

2. To remove all before the last specific character, use this formula:

=RIGHT(B5,LEN(B5)-FIND("@",SUBSTITUTE(B5,"Character","@",(LEN(B5)-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(B5,"Character","")))/LEN("Character"))))

To remove everything after the first comma, please:

Select a blank cell, copy and paste the below formula into it, and press Enter key. Then drag the Fill Handle to apply the formula to other cells. See screenshot:

Formula: Remove everything after the first comma

=LEFT(B5,FIND(",",B5)-1)

Notes:

1. In the above formula, B5 is the cell you will remove texts from, and "," is the character you will remove texts based on.

2. To remove all after the last specific character, use this formula:

=LEFT(B5,FIND("@",SUBSTITUTE(B5,"character","@",LEN(B5)-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(B5,"character",""))))-1)


Delete texts before or after the nth occurrence character by formula

The below formulas can help to delete all before or after the nth occurrence character from cells in Excel.

To remove all before the nth occurrence character from cells, you need to:

Select a blank cell to output the result, copy the below formula into it, and press Enter key. Then drag the Fill Handle to apply the formula to other cells. See screenshot:

Formula: Remove everything before the second occurrence comma

=RIGHT(SUBSTITUTE(B5, ",", CHAR(9), 2), LEN(B5)- FIND(CHAR(9), SUBSTITUTE(B5, ",", CHAR(9), 2), 1) + 1)

Notes:

1. In the formulas, B5, "," and 2 number mean that all contents after the second occurrence comma will be removed from cell B5.

2. You can change the "," and 2 number to any character and occurrence position number as you need.

To remove all after the nth occurrence character from cells, you need to:

Select a blank cell to output the result, copy the below formula into it, and press Enter key. Then drag the Fill Handle to apply the formula to other cells. See screenshot:


Formula: Remove everything after the second occurrence comma

=LEFT(SUBSTITUTE(B5,",",CHAR(9),2),FIND(CHAR(9),SUBSTITUTE(B5,",",CHAR(9),2),1)-1)

Notes:

1. In the formulas, B5, "," and 2 number mean that all contents after the second occurrence comma will be removed from cell A7.

2. You can change the "," and 2 number to any character and occurrence position number as you need.


Easily remove texts before/after a specific character with Kutools for Excel

If there is only one comma separator for each cell in a range, and you want to remove everything before or after this comma from cells, please try the Split Cells utility of Kutools for Excel. This utility will help you to solve the problem with only several clicks:

1. Select the cells which you will remove everything before or after the comma from, and then click Kutools > Text > Split Cells. See screenshot:

2. In the Split Cells dialog, select the Split to Columns option in the Type section, and in the Split by section, choose the Other option and type a comma into the blank box, and then click the OK button. See screenshot:

3. Another Split Cells dialog pops up, select a blank cell for locating the texts, and then click the OK button.

Then you can see the selected cells are split by specific character – comma. See screenshot:

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Fantastic, thanks for that! So easy
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A big thank you. Perfect solution.
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Some great tips there! thanks.
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It is too helpfull .
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So grateful to you, that was helpful
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I like this way better than the mid formula!
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Thank you for this! Got to save some precious time for a 600 line item.
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The formula for deleting text after a character is exactly what I needed. Thank you!
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I need to delete all text after the first word.
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Dear Barnett Frankel,

If you assume that a space is the division between words, this formula =LEFT(A2,FIND(" ",A2&" ")-1) can help you. And if your words are separated by others such as comma, please replace the spaces in the formula with commas: =LEFT(A2,FIND(",",A2&",")-1)

Best Regards, Crystal
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This was very useful indeed to help me create / extract new logins from our email database - thank you! (and thanks, Excel)!
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Please share the formula for finding multiple spaces in a text string, to extract what we wish from that string, easily.
Thankyou
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Dear TarunKumar,
Sorry I am not sure I got your question. Would be nice if you could provide a screenshot of what you are trying to do.
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I have multiple / in my string and want to separate the text or string after the last / found in the string, please tell me how to do this
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Good Day,
Supposing your cell is A4, you can apply this formula =LEFT(A4,FIND("@",SUBSTITUTE(A4,"/","@",LEN(A4)-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(A4,"/",""))))-1) to get all text before the last / symbol.

and then apply formula =TRIM(RIGHT(SUBSTITUTE(A4,"/",REPT(" ",99)),99)) to get text after the last / symbol found in the string. See screenshot:
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See screenshot:
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Bear in mind that, with
=RIGHT(A1,LEN(A1)-FIND(",",A1))
you're keeping the space after the comma. An easy solution would be:
=RIGHT(A1,LEN(A1)-FIND(",",A1)-1)
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Good Day,
Thank you for sharing.
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how to right STVP1-AMDC1-DELC2- value remove (-)
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Good Day,
Do you mean remove all dash "-" from the string?
Please try this formula =SUBSTITUTE(A1,"-","")
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Hi Guys
I try to split multiple element from a cell using forumas shown on this page, but I have problems, I have inconstancy and caractere missing! Check the snapshots to see the formula. Here's for example row 21 situation:
A21: Bay12_PRL_Cb is my source cell. I want to split Bay21/PRL/Cb in 3 cells
B21: Bay12_ (The "_" should not be there)
C21: PRL_Cb (This one works fine, I will use and hide this cell to create D21)
D21: PR (I should have PRL, the L is missing)
E21: Cb (This one works fine)

Can anyone point me what I'm doing wrong??
This is excel mac 2008, version 12.3.2 Licensed
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I post a snapshot, but for some reason, it doesn't show it!!!
So here's the formula:
B21: =LEFT(A21,LEN(A21)-FIND("_",A21))
C21: =RIGHT(A21,LEN(A21)-FIND("_",A21))
D21: =LEFT(C21,LEN(C21)-FIND("_",C21))
E21: =TRIM(RIGHT(SUBSTITUTE(A21,"_",REPT(" ",99)),99))
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Haaaaaa I got it. I still don't know what I was doing wrong but I used different formula and it works. This is then a GOOD method to split cell in 3 or more categories using formula. Thanks to you crystal
Here's my new revised formulas.
B21: =TRIM(LEFT(SUBSTITUTE(A21,"_",REPT(" ",99)),99))
C21: =RIGHT(A21,LEN(A21)-FIND("_",A21)) cell to be hide
D21: =TRIM(LEFT(SUBSTITUTE(C21,"_",REPT(" ",99)),99))
E21: =TRIM(RIGHT(SUBSTITUTE(A21,"_",REPT(" ",99)),99))
Result:
A21 (source): Bay12_PRL_Cb
B21: Bay21
D21: PRL
E21: Cb

I'm sure there is a way to simplify this, but it works for me.
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Dear Jonathan Piette,
So happy for you.
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Hello, I need help with formula.
Two columns in first information about address, in second I need just country.
For example:
XXX34, AAABBBCCC VS, Šveice
How I with formula can take just “Šveice”?
Thanks!
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Hi Artik,
This formula can help you: =TRIM(RIGHT(SUBSTITUTE(A1,",",REPT(" ",LEN(A1))),LEN(A1)))
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Hello.
I have text string in one cell similar to this: example1, example2, example3, example4, example5, example6, example7, example8, example9.
I need to extract text before 5th comma for example. So as a result i would have something like this: example1, example2, example3, example4, example5.
any help?
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Good Day,
The below formula can help you extracting all texts before the 5th comma in a cell.
=LEFT(SUBSTITUTE(A26," ","-",5),FIND("-",SUBSTITUTE(A26," ","-",5),1)-1)
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Hi. I have am trying to use formula =LEFT(B5,FIND(".",B5)-1 but instead of "." I would like to use "/" so it will take up only the required text & number. For example:
ABCD-5008/2 and XYZ-5010/2. I need to capture only ABCD-5008 and XYZ-5010. But when I use =LEFT(B5,FIND("/",B5)-1) it gives me #VALUE!. Please advise me how to approach this concern. Thank you very much!
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Hi Marites,
The formula works well in my case. Which Office version do you use?
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