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How to extract string between two different characters in Excel?

Author: Sun Last Modified: 2022-03-07

If you have a list of string in Excel which you need to extract part of string between two characters from as below screenshot shown, how to handle it as quickly as possible? Here, I introduce some methods about solving this job.

Extract part string between two different characters with formulas

Extract part string between two same characters with formulas

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Extract part string between two different characters with formulas

To extract part string between two different characters, you can do as this:

Select a cell which you will place the result, type this formula =MID(LEFT(A1,FIND(">",A1)-1),FIND("<",A1)+1,LEN(A1)), and press Enter key.
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Note: A1 is the text cell, > and < are the two characters you want to extract string between.


Extract part string between two same characters with formulas

If you want to extract part string between two same characters, you can do as this:

Select a cell which you will place the result, type this formula =SUBSTITUTE(MID(SUBSTITUTE("/" & A3&REPT(" ",6),"/",REPT(",",255)),2*255,255),",",""), and press Enter key.
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Note: A3 is the text cell, / is the character you want to extract between.

Extract part string between two characters with Kutools for Excel

If you have Kutools for Excel, you also can extract part string between two texts.

Kutools for Excel, with more than 300 handy functions, makes your jobs more easier. 

After installing Kutools for Excel, please do as below:(Free Download Kutools for Excel Now!)

1. Select a cell which will place the extracted string, then click Kutools > Formula > Formula Helper.
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2. In the Formula Helper dialog, .check Filter checkbox, then type "ex" into the textbox, all formulas about extracting will be list in Choose a formula section, choose Extract strings between specified text, then go to right Arguments input section, select the cell which you want to extract substring from into Cell, then type the two texts you want to extract between.
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3. Click Ok, then the substring between two texts you specified has been extracted, drag fill handle down to extract subtring from each cells below.
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Bonjour,

je souhaite extraire de ce texte (USD) 934.915765 (30-11-2022) le numero 934.915765, ce que je souhaite c'est faire un extrait de tout ce qui est entre (USD) et (30-11-2022)
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Hi, please try this formula:
=LEFT((MID(I1,FIND(" ",I1)+1,256)),FIND(" ",(MID(I1,FIND(" ",I1)+1,256)),1)-1)
I1 is the cell that you want to extract number.
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Hi, try this formula please:
=IFERROR(MID(A1,FIND("CG",A1),11),IFERROR(MID(A1,FIND("CP",A1),11),IFERROR(MID(A1,FIND("CV",A1),11),IFERROR(MID(A1,FIND("CD",A1),11),IFERROR(MID(A1,FIND("CC",A1),11),MID(A1,FIND("CO",A1),11))))))

If there is no match string, it returns #VALUE! error.
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Hello, can you please help me with extracting a code from a cell? The code is always 11 characters long and it can start with either CC, CP, CV, CO, CG or CD. If it helps, it also ends with a number always. The code does not have a fixed position, it can be in the beginning, middle or end.
I tried this formula =MID(A2,FIND("CP",A2),11) but, as you see, it only finds the ones starting with CP.

An example of what the cell might contain is:
Text text CG1234dh201 text 123 text

Thank you!
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Hi, I have an issue which i am struggling to solve. So I have a number of answers and i want to separate into separate cells.

i.e. A: XYZ|B*: SDR|C: AQS|

I can separate but my issue is there loads of line with the asterisk moving to the correct answer for each question. How do i get my head around this?

I am currently using the below formula

=MID(A5,SEARCH("A:",cell ref)+2,SEARCH("|",A5)-SEARCH(":",cell ref)-1)
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Hi, Mohannmed Faisal, from my understanding, your question is to extract XYZ, SDR and AQS separately into three cells. If so, please use formulas below separately:
=MID(A7,SEARCH("A:",A7)+3,3)
=MID(A7,SEARCH("B*:",A7)+4,3)
=MID(A7,SEARCH("|C:",A7)+4,3)
A7 is the cell that you use to extract.
Hope it help you.
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Bonjour,

J'ai un texte AAMMJJ que je souhaite transformer en JJMMAAAA
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Hi, GG, try this formula =TEXTE(date; "jj/mm/aaaa")
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