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How to change or find and replace first number in cell in Excel?

If you want to change the first number to another one in selected cells, what can you do? And how about replacing the first number with nothing? In this article, you will get the solutions to change or find and replace first number in cell.

Change or find and replace first number with nothing by formula

Change or find and replace first number with nothing by Kutools for Excel

Change or find and replace first number with another number by formula

Change or find and replace first number with another number by Kutools for Excel


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You can remove the first number in selected cells with formula. Please do as follows.

1. Select a blank cell (says cell C1), enter formula =REPLACE(A1,1,1,"") into the Formula Bar, and then press the Enter key.

Note: In the formula, the first number 1 means the removing begins with the first number, and the second number 1 indicates that it will remove only one character from left of the cell.

2. Keep selecting cell C1, drag the Fill Handle to the range you need to cover with this formula. Then you can see all first numbers in referenced cells are removed immediately.


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The Remove by Position utility of Kutools for Excel can easily remove only the first numbers of selected cells. Please do as follows.

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1. Select the range with cells you need to remove only the first number, then click Kutools > Text > Remove by Position. See screenshot:

2. In the Remove by Position dialog box, enter number 1 into the Numbers box, select From left in the Position section, and finally click the OK button.

Then you can see all first numbers in selected cells are replaced with nothing immediately.

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As below screenshot shown, you need to replace all the first number 6 with number 7 in a list, please do as follows.

1. Select a blank cell, enter formula =SUBSTITUTE(A1,"6","7",1) into the Formula Bar, and then press the Enter key.

Notes:

1. In the formula, number 6 is the first number of referenced cells, and number 7 means than you need to replace the first number 6 with 7, and number 1 means only the first number will be changed.

2. This formula requires all referenced cells having the same first number.

2. Keep selecting the result cell, then drag the Fill handle to the range as you need. Now all first cells in selected range are replaced with the same value. See screenshot:


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Combining the Remove by Position and the Add Text utilities of Kutools for Excel, you can easily remove all first numbers from selected cells, and then add a certain number at the beginning of these cells.

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1. Select the range and click Kutools > Text > Remove by Position.

2. In the Remove by Position dialog box, enter number 1 into the Numbers box, select From left in the Position section, and finally click the OK button.

Then you can see all first numbers in selected cells are removed immediately.

3. Keep selecting these cells, and then click Kutools > Text > Add Text. In the Add text dialog box, enter the number you need to add at the beginning of the cell contents, select the Before first character, and finally click the OK button. See screenshot:

Now the first numbers in selected cells are replaced with a certain number as below screenshot shown.

If this utility is helpful, you can download and try the free trial now!

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