How to extract first or last two or n words from text string?

If you have a list of text strings which are separated by space, and now, you want to extract first or last three or n words from the cell value to get the following screenshot result. This article, I will introduce some formulas to extract first or last two or n words from text string in Excel.

Extract first two or n words from text string with formulas

Extract last two or n words from text string with formula

Extract the first or Nth word from text string with a handy feature

Extract first two or n words from text string with formulas

In this example, I will extract first three words from the cell, please apply the following formulas:

Enter any one of the following formula into a blank cell, C2, for instance, and then drag the fill handle down to the cells that you want to contain this formula, and all the first 3 words have been extracted from the corresponding cells, see screenshot:

=TRIM(LEFT(A2, FIND("^",SUBSTITUTE(A2, " ", "^",3)&"^")))

Notes:

1. In above formula, A2 is the cell you want to extract word from, and the number 3 indicates the number of first n words you want to extract. You can change them as you need.

2. If your text strings in column A, and the number of words desired in column B, to extract the different number of first n words, you can apply this formula:

=TRIM(LEFT(SUBSTITUTE(A2," ",REPT(" ",1000),B2),1000))

Extract last two or n words from text string with formula

If you want to extract the last two or n words from a list of text strings, may be the below formula can do you a favor.

Please enter or copy the belowf romula into a blank cell where you want to get the result, and then

=MID(A2,FIND("@",SUBSTITUTE(A2," ","@",LEN(A2)-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(A2," ",""))-(3-1)))+1,LEN(A2))

Note: In the above formula, A2 is the cell you want to extract word from, and the number 3 indicates the number of last n words you want to extract, if you need to extract the last 5 words, please just change the number 3 to 5 as you need.

Extract the first or Nth word from text string with a handy feature

In some cases, you may want to just extract the first or nth word from the text strings, if you have Kutools for Excel,with its Extract the nth word in cell feature, you can extract the nth word from the specified cell easily.

Note:To apply this Extract the nth word in cell, firstly, you should download the Kutools for Excel, and then apply the feature quickly and easily.

After installing Kutools for Excel, please do as this:

1. Click a cell where you want to locate the result. And then click Kutools > Formula Helper > Formula Helper, see screenshot:

2. In the Formulas Helper dialog, please do as follows:

• Select Text from the Formula type drop-down list;
• Select Extract the nth word in cell in the Choose a formula list box;
• In the Cell textbox, specify the cells that you will extract words from, and enter the number you want to extract word based on in The Nth textbox.

3. And then click Ok button, and you will get the first result, and then drag the fill hanlde down to get all other results, see screesnhot:

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Play in the sand Felipe if you feel like 5 :)
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It works just fine for me. However, I am trying to understand the logic behind this formula:

=TRIM(LEFT(SUBSTITUTE(A2," ",REPT(" ",1000),B2),1000))

Can somebody please explain it to me like I am 5?

Cheers,
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