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How to remove last/first character if it is a comma or certain character in Excel?

Author: Siluvia Last Modified: 2020-06-04

For a range of data, you may want to delete the last or first character if it is a comma or other character in Excel. This article will show you two methods to achieve it.

Delete last/first character if it is a comma or certain character with formula
Delete last/first character if it is a comma or certain character with Kutools for Excel


Delete last/first character if it is a comma or certain character with formula

You can apply the following formulas to delete the last or first character if it is a comma or certain character in Excel.

Delete the last character if it is a comma

1. Select a blank cell (says D2) in the help column, enter the below formula into it and then press the Enter key. Select the result cell, and drag its Fill Handle down to get all results.

=IF(RIGHT(B2,1)=",",LEFT(B2,LEN(B2)-1),B2)

Delete the first character if it is a comma

1. Select a blank cell, enter the below formula into it and then press the Enter key. Select the result cell, and drag its Fill Handle down to get all results.

=IF(LEFT(B2,1)=",",RIGHT(B2,LEN(B2)-1),B2)

Note: In the formula, B2 is the cell in which you want to remove the last or first character, and "," is the character you will remove. Please change them as you need.


Delete last/first character if it is a comma or certain character with Kutools for Excel

This section will show you the Select Specific Cells and the Delete by Position utilities of Kutools for Excel. With these two utilities, you can easily select all cells which end or begin with certain character, and then remove them from the selected cells at once.

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

1. Select the cells that you want to find if they begin or end with certian character, then click Kutools > Select > Select Specific Cells.

2. In the Select Specific Cells dialog box, please configure as follows.

2.1) Select the Cell option in the Selection type section;
2.2) In the Specific type section, choose Ends with or Begins with from the first drop-down list;
2.3) Type a comma or other character you need into the textbox;
2.4) Click OK;
Then a dialog pops up to tell you how many cells were found, click OK, and these cells are selected at once.

3. Keep the cells selected, and then click Kutools > Text > Remove by Position.

4. In the Remove by Position dialog box, enter number 1 into the Numbers box, select From right to remove the last character or From left to remove the first character in the Position section (here we select the From right option), and then click the OK button.

Now the last characters of selected cells are removed immediately. 

  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.

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To remove a line break which is the last character of a cell, use this formula: IF(RIGHT(A2,1)=CHAR(10),LEFT(A2,LEN(A2)-1),A2)
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mistake in the formula
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Why is that every time I try to use KUTOOL , It crashes the application and close out the excel without saving. Its frustrating . Can someone help. It looks like cool tool to use
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Good day,
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Hi, I am trying to remove initials that exist at the end of some names in a list, using this method. My formula is =IF(LEFT(A1,2)=",",RIGHT(A1,LEN(A1)-2),A1) so that John S becomes John. Thanks
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