## How to extract part of text string from cell in Excel?

 This tutorial shows the methods on extract substring from left, middle or right of a cell, and also explain how to extract text before or after a specific character as below screenshots shown.

#### Extract substring from left, mid or right

Method A: Extract substring from left, middle or right by using formula

In Excel, there are some formulas can help you to quickly extract part of text.

Extract first n characters

Supposing you want to extract first 3 characters from a given list data, please select a blank cell that you want to place the extracted result, then use this formula

=LEFT(B3,3)

B3 is the cell you extract characters from, 3 is the number of characters you want to extract.

Press Enter key to get the extracted result. Then drag fill handle over the cells to apply this formula.

Extract last n characters

For example, extract last 6 characters from a list of string, please select a blank cell that you want to place the extracted result and use this formula:

=RIGHT(B9,6)

B9 is the cell you extract characters from, 6 is the number of characters you want to extract.

Press Enter key to get the extracted result. Then drag fill handle over the cells to apply this formula.

Extract n characters form middle

If you want to extract 3 characters begin from the 4th character of a string, you can use below formula:

=MID(B15,4,3)

B15 is the cell you extract characters from, 4 represent extract characters from 4th character (count from left), 3 is the number of characters you want to extract.

Press Enter key to get the extracted result. Then drag fill handle over the cells to apply this formula.

Note:

If you want to move the extracted results to another location, please copy and paste the extracted results as value firstly.

Method B: Extract substring from left, mid or right by Kutools for Excel

If you are not familiar with formulas, you can try Kutools for Excel’s Extract Text feature which is easy to handle this job.

Before using the Extract Text utility, please take 3 minutes to free install Kutools for Excel: Free Download Now!

1. Select the cells that you want to extract substrings from, click Kutools > Text > Extract Text.

2. In the popping Extract Text dialog, under the Extract by location tab, the first three options support you to extract substring from left, mid or right.

The first N character: extract substring from left. For instance, extract first 2 characters, check this option and type 2 into textbox.

The last N character: extract substring from right of the string. For instance, extract last 2 characters, check this option and type 2 into textbox.

Start to end characters: extract specific number of characters from middle for string. For instance, extract from 4th character to 9th character, check this option and type 4 and 9 into textboxes separately.

Insert as a formula: check this checkbox, the result is a formula which can be changed as the original string change, otherwise, the result is fixed.

3. After specifying the location as you need, click Ok, a dialog pops out to select a cell to place the extracted substring. Click OK.

Now the substring has been extracted.

#### Extract substring after or before a specified character

If you want to extract substring after or before a specified character, you can apply one of below methods to handle the job.

Method A: Extract substring after or before a defined character by using formula

Supposing you want to extract characters after the character “-” from a list of strings, please use this formula:

=RIGHT(B3,LEN(B3)-SEARCH("-", B3))

B3 is the cell you want to extract characters from, - is the character you want to extract string after.

Press Enter key to get the extracted result. Then drag fill handle over the cells to apply this formula.

If you want to extract substring before a defined character, you can use the formula like this:

=LEFT(B10,SEARCH("-", B10)-1)

Example result is shown as below:

Note

The data may be lost or changed while you copy and paste the formula results to another location. For preventing this problem from happening, you can copy and paste the formula results as value after applying the formula. Or you can try the Method B.

Method B: Extract substring after or before a defined character by Kutools for Excel

For directly extract substring after or before a specified character, you can use the Extract Text utility of Kutools for Excel, which can help you to extract all characters after or before a character, also can extract specific length of characters before or after a character.

Before using the Extract Text utility, please take 3 minutes to free install Kutools for Excel: Free Download Now!

1. Select the cells that you want to extract characters, click Kutools > Text > Extract Text.

2. In the popping Extract Text dialog, under Extract by location tab, go to the before the text and after the text options to specify the setting as you need..

Before the text: extract substrings before the entered character(s). For instance, type – into the textbox, all characters before – will be extracted.

After the text: extract substrings after the entered character(s). For instance, type – into the textbox, all characters after – will be extracted.

Insert as a formula: check this checkbox, the result is a formula which can be changed as the original string change, otherwise, the result is fixed.

3. Click Ok, a dialog pops out to select a cell to place the extracted substring. Click OK.

Now the string before or after the certain character(s) has been extracted.

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#### Extract substring between two characters

Maybe in some cases, you need to extract substring between two characters, you can choose one of below methods to handle the job.

Method A: Extract by formula

Supposing to extract characters between brackets () from a given list, you can use below formula:

=MID(LEFT(B3,FIND(")",B3)-1),FIND("(",B3)+1,LEN(B3))

In the formula, B3 is the cell that you want to extract string from, ( and ) are the two characters you want to extract string between.

Press Enter key to get the extracted result. Then drag fill handle over the cells to apply this formula.

Note

If the formula is a little difficult for you, you can try the Method B, which is using a handy tool to quickly solve this problem.

Method B: Extract by Kutools for Excel

In Kutools for Excel’s hundreds of features, there is a feature – Extract strings between specified text can quickly extract substrings between two characters.

Before using the Extract Text utility, please take 3 minutes to free install Kutools for Excel: Free Download Now!

1. Select a cell that used to place the extracted substring, click Kutools > Formula Helper > Text > Extract strings between specified text.

2. In the Formulas Helper dialog, go to the Arguments input section, then select or directly type the cell reference and the two characters you want to extract between.

In default, when you select the cell reference which used to extract substring, the cell reference will be absolute which cannot use the auto fill handle to fill formula, please change it to relative.

3. Click Ok, now the first result has been gotten, then drag auto fill handle over cells that need this formula.

Tip:

If you want to extract strings between two characters (including the two characters), the Extract Text utility of Kutools for Excel also can do you a favor on this operation.

1. Select the cells that you want to extract substring between characters, click Kutools > Text > Extract Text.

2.In the popping Extract Text dialog, under Extract by rule tab, go to the Text section, type the characters that you want to extract string between, and the string can be repented by the wildcard *. If you want to extract string with fixed length, the wildcard ? can be used, one ? indicate one character.

Then click Add to add the rule to the Rule description section.

3.Click Ok, a dialog pops out to select a cell to place the extracted substring. Click OK.

Now the string between two certain characters has been extracted.

#### Extract E-mail address from a string

If you want to extract e-mail address from a given string or a range of cells, you can use the Extract Email Address function to handle this job at once time instead of finding them one by one.

1. Select the cells that will be extracted email address, then click Kutools > Text > Extract Email Address.

2. Then a dialog pops out for you selecting a cell to output the address emails.

3. Click OK, the email addresses in each cell have been extracted.

#### Extract numeric or alphabetical characters from string

If there is a list of data mixed numeric and alphabetical and special characters, you just want to extract the numbers or alphabetical values, you can try Kutools for Excel’s Remove Characters utility.

1. Before you using the Remove Characters utility, you need to have a copy of the data as below screenshot shown:

2. Then select this copy of data, click Kutools > Text > Remove Characters.

3. In the Remove Characters dialog, check Non-numeric option, click Ok.

Now only the numeric characters have been left.

To extract alphabetical values only, check Non-alpha option in the Remove Characters dialog.

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Прошу прощения немного изменённый вариант:
"U.S.Р.: 4-0, артикул W9106 - 20 упак. - вес: 2,57 кг" - из этого текста хочу вытащить только 20 упак.
Можете пожалуйста подсказать?
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Добрый день! Я хочу вытащить только "20 упак" из этого текста "U.S.Р.: 4-0, артикул W9106 - 20 упак."
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Is it possible to extract dates such as 7/17/2022 and another might be 5/12/2015? I tried (mm/dd/yyyy) but it didn't work.

Thank you
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Hi, Kimber, I do get your problem? Could you give me more detials?
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Hi, on a sheet I have columns like

Contract Signed 4/9/22
Contact Dated 6/8/19
Contract Expired 12/1/21
Contact Dated 9/25/20

I would be happy to pull only the dates.

What would be every better is if I could all the Contract Signed with the date in one column, Contact Dated with date in another column, Contact expired with date in another column. I have no problem repeating the process to pull each section but that would be the perfect answer.

Thanks
Kim
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Hi, Kimber, if you want to extract date from a text string, please visit this tutorial, How To Extract Date From Text Strings In Excel?, hope it can help you.
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Tak bohužel nic u uvedeného nefunguje. Chtěl jsem jen použít funkci, aby ze jména a příjmení vypsal pouze příjmení, ale hlásí mi to špatnou syntaxi.
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Hi, if you want to extract first name from full name, this tutorial may help you: https://www.extendoffice.com/documents/excel/829-excel-split-first-last-name.html
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I have a word string "Radhey Shyam Teli, Titirkhi 3 kapilvastu"but i just need the bold part from the string to appear in the next column, mind it i have different counts of letter.
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