Skip to main content

How to remove first / last word from text string in cell?

Author: Xiaoyang Last Modified: 2020-04-21

If you have a column of text strings in your worksheet, and you need to remove the first or the last word from the text string in cell as following screenshot shown. Excel doesn’t provide a direct way for you, but, with the following formulas this tutorial show, this problem will be solved as soon.

doc-remove-first-word-1

Remove first or last word from text string with formulas


arrow blue right bubble Remove first or last word from text string with formulas

The following formulas may help you to delete the first or last word from the text cell, please do as this:

Remove the first word from text string:

1. Please enter this formula into a blank cell where you want to put the result: =RIGHT(A2,LEN(A2)-FIND(" ",A2)) (A2 is the cell which has the text string you want to remove the first word), see screenshot:

doc-remove-first-word-2

2. And then drag the fill handle down to the range that you want to apply this formula, and the first words have been removed from the cells, see screenshot:

doc-remove-first-word-3

Remove the last word from text string:

To remove the last word from the cell, please copy and paste this formula: =LEFT(TRIM(A2),FIND("~",SUBSTITUTE(A2," ","~",LEN(TRIM(A2))-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(TRIM(A2)," ",""))))-1), and then drag the fill handle over to the range that you want to contains this formula, and all the last words have been deleted from the cell. See screenshot:

doc-remove-first-word-4


Split Cell values into multiple columns and rows by specific separator:

With Kutools for Excel’s Split Cells utility, you can quickly split text string in a cell into multiple columns or rows  by space, comma, new line and any other separators you specified.

doc-split-cells-1 1

Kutools for Excel: with more than 300 handy Excel add-ins, free to try with no limitation in 30 days. Download and free trial Now!


Related article:

How to remove first, last or certain characters from text in Excel?

Best Office Productivity Tools

🤖 Kutools AI Aide: Revolutionize data analysis based on: Intelligent Execution   |  Generate Code  |  Create Custom Formulas  |  Analyze Data and Generate Charts  |  Invoke Kutools Functions
Popular Features: Find, Highlight or Identify Duplicates   |  Delete Blank Rows   |  Combine Columns or Cells without Losing Data   |   Round without Formula ...
Super Lookup: Multiple Criteria VLookup    Multiple Value VLookup  |   VLookup Across Multiple Sheets   |   Fuzzy Lookup ....
Advanced Drop-down List: Quickly Create Drop Down List   |  Dependent Drop Down List   |  Multi-select Drop Down List ....
Column Manager: Add a Specific Number of Columns  |  Move Columns  |  Toggle Visibility Status of Hidden Columns  |  Compare Ranges & Columns ...
Featured Features: Grid Focus   |  Design View   |   Big Formula Bar    Workbook & Sheet Manager   |  Resource Library (Auto Text)   |  Date Picker   |  Combine Worksheets   |  Encrypt/Decrypt Cells    Send Emails by List   |  Super Filter   |   Special Filter (filter bold/italic/strikethrough...) ...
Top 15 Toolsets12 Text Tools (Add Text, Remove Characters, ...)   |   50+ Chart Types (Gantt Chart, ...)   |   40+ Practical Formulas (Calculate age based on birthday, ...)   |   19 Insertion Tools (Insert QR Code, Insert Picture from Path, ...)   |   12 Conversion Tools (Numbers to Words, Currency Conversion, ...)   |   7 Merge & Split Tools (Advanced Combine Rows, Split Cells, ...)   |   ... and more

Supercharge Your Excel Skills with Kutools for Excel, and Experience Efficiency Like Never Before. Kutools for Excel Offers Over 300 Advanced Features to Boost Productivity and Save Time.  Click Here to Get The Feature You Need The Most...

Description


Office Tab Brings Tabbed interface to Office, and Make Your Work Much Easier

  • Enable tabbed editing and reading in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, Access, Visio and Project.
  • Open and create multiple documents in new tabs of the same window, rather than in new windows.
  • Increases your productivity by 50%, and reduces hundreds of mouse clicks for you every day!
Comments (17)
No ratings yet. Be the first to rate!
This comment was minimized by the moderator on the site
Thank you so much!!
This comment was minimized by the moderator on the site
You're amazing!!
This comment was minimized by the moderator on the site
Hey, please assist me.



i have this: FPJCRTXCB540AS_CRG116



How do i keep the word before underscore, but remove the word after underscore?



tested and change to relevant cell but it shows "#value!". i just want it to be like this: FPJCRTXCB540AS
This comment was minimized by the moderator on the site
Hello,
To remove all text after the underscore, please apply the following formula:
=LEFT(A1, FIND("_", A1&"_")-1)

Please try, hope it can help you!
This comment was minimized by the moderator on the site
Hey, please assist me.

i have this: FPJCRTXCB540AS_CRG116

How do i keep the word before underscore, but remove the word after underscore?

tested and change to relevant cell but it shows "#value!". i just want it to be like this: FPJCRTXCB540AS
This comment was minimized by the moderator on the site
Thank you so much for sharing the formula, very helpful!
This comment was minimized by the moderator on the site
Retention Payable - Tooba Aluminium & Glass Works. L.L.C

I want to remove (retention payable - ) from the above sentence

what I will do I want to save my time
This comment was minimized by the moderator on the site
Just do find and replace if you just want to remove the same word from the sheet
saves time
This comment was minimized by the moderator on the site
Hello, Muhammad,
To solve your problem, please apply the following formula:

=MID(A1,1+FIND("~",SUBSTITUTE(A1," ","~",3)),255)

Please try it, hope it can help you!
This comment was minimized by the moderator on the site
I have two strings, one works fine removing the last word (the file size) but one does not (I think due to double space in the string.)

=LEFT(TRIM(A2),FIND("~",SUBSTITUTE(A2," ","~",LEN(TRIM(A2))-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(TRIM(A2)," ",""))))-1)

Cell A2 contents: D:\Sowdeswari\BIO-LAB-DSM-03\03-Jan-2019\Config\SecEvent.Evt 01/01/2019 5963776
Result: D:\Sowdeswari\BIO-LAB-DSM-03\03-Jan-2019\Config\SecEvent.Evt 01/01/2019 (This is correct)

Cell A2 contents: D:\laptop_swap\win_account\Desktop\ !!!Docs\FORM-00538.pdf 18/01/2018 298032
Result: D:\laptop_swap\win_account\Desktop\ !!!Docs\FORM-00538.pdf (this is not correct, but works when I remove one of the spaces before the "!!!" in the string)

All help appreciated. It's a large file and there are a few errors but if I can fix this I can probably work out the other ones.
This comment was minimized by the moderator on the site
Wow, thank you, worked perfectly and saved a lot of time.
This comment was minimized by the moderator on the site
hello
may i ask you how to separate using formula the 4-digit numbers?
1234 · Bike:5678 · Tires Improvement; :6767
This comment was minimized by the moderator on the site
AMINODDIN MAMONDIONG/HASSANA AMPUAN <<--- i want to separate this two names damn! let me try
There are no comments posted here yet
Load More
Leave your comments
Posting as Guest
×
Rate this post:
0   Characters
Suggested Locations