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How to check if cell begins or ends with a specific character in Excel?

For a list of data, you may need to check certain cells if they are begin or end with a specific character. This article will recommend two methods for you to solve this problem.

Check if cell begins or ends with a specific character with formula
Check if cell begins or ends with a specific character with Kutools for Excel


Check if cell begins or ends with a specific character with formula

For example, you want to check if a cell begins with a character “s”, or ends with a character “n”, please apply the following formulas to achieve it.

1. Select a blank cell (cell B2) in a help column for showing the result, enter formula into the Formula Bar, and then press the Enter key. See screenshot:

=IF(LEFT(TRIM(A2),1)="s","OK","Not OK")

2. Keep selecting cell B2, and drag the Fill Handle down until all cells are checked.

Notes:

1. In the formula, A2 and “s” are the cell and first character you need to check. If the result appears Not OK, it means that the corresponding cell does not begin with character “s”, otherwise, it will get the OK result.
2. For checking if cell ends with a character “n”, please apply the below formula. See screenshot:

=IF(RIGHT(TRIM(A2),1)="n","OK","Not OK")


Check if cell begins or ends with a specific character with Kutools for Excel

The Select Specific Cells utility of Kutools for Excel will help you easily check if cell begins or ends with a specific character in Excel.

Before applying Kutools for Excel, please download and install it firstly.

1. Select the range you want to check cells begin or end with specific character, and then click Kutools > Select > Select Specific Cells. See screenshot:

2. In the Select Specific Cells dialog box, select the Cell option in the Selection type section, and in the Specific type section, choose Begins with or Ends with from the drop-down list, then type the character you will check into the textbox. Click the OK button.

3. Then a dialog box pops up to tell you how many cells are qualified and will be selected, please click the OK button. Then cells which begin with or end with a specified character are selected immediately.

Note: This utility supports selecting cells with two criteria. For example, you can select cells which begin with “S” or end with “n” at the same time as below screenshot shown.

  If you want to have a free trial ( 30-day) of this utility, please click to download it, and then go to apply the operation according above steps.


Check if cell begins or ends with a specific character with Kutools for Excel


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OMG this is so helpful! you are a genius,
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Is there a way to check if a cell begins with any of the 26 letters, not just one specific character?
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Hello - How can I use this with an OR included? I would like to know if a cell starts with an "E" or an "M", then Yes=IF(LEFT(TRIM(AG10),1)="E","Yes","No")
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Spot on, thanks so much. Copied and it worked 30 seconds. thank you thank you
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