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How to delete string after nth character in Excel?

In some cases, you may want to remove all strings after nth character from cells in Excel. If you have few of cells needed to remove strings after nth character, you can delete them manually. However, if there are hundreds of cells, that must be tired to delete strings one by one. Now this tutorial tells you the quick ways to remove strings after nth character in Excel, please read the below details.

Remove all string after nth character with formula

Remove string in specific position by Remove by Position

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You can use below formula to remove all string after nth character.

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Take instance, you want to delete all strings after the third character, and select a cell and type this formula =LEFT(A1,3) into it, press Enter key and drag the autofill handle down to cells.

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Tip: In above formula, you can change 3 to any nth as you need. For example, if you want to remove strings after 4th character, use this formula =LEFT(A1,4).


arrow blue right bubble Remove string in specific position by Remove by Position

If you have Kutools for Excel, you can use the Remove by Position to quickly remove strings after nth character, and also can specify how many characters you will remove.

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After free installing Kutools for Excel, please do as below:

1. Select the data range and click Kutools > Text > Remove by Position. See screenshot:

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2. In the Remove by Position dialog, type 999 into Numbers textbox, and the check Specify and type 4 into following textbox. You can see the results shown on the preview pane.

Tip: If you want to remove string after nth character, you just need to type n + 1 into the Specify textbox.

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3. Then click Ok or Apply. The string after 3rd has been removed from each cell.

Note: If you just want to remove 3 characters after 3rd character of the string, you can type 3 into Numbers textbox, and check Specify and type 4 into it.

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