How to rearrange text in a cell in Excel?

Supposing you got a spreadsheet with a long list names which all format as “Last name First name”, and now you need to rearrange all names to “First name, Last name”. How to achieve it? This article will introduce three methods to help you solve the problem.

Rearrange text in a cell with formula

Rearrange text in a cell with VBA code

Quickly rearrange text in a cell with Kutools for Excel


Easily swap or switch text around within one cell in Excel:

The Reverse Text utility of Kutools for Excel can help you to easily swap text around within one cell by certain separator in Excel. See below screenshot:

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Rearrange text in a cell with formula


The below formula can help you flip last name and first name in a cell in Excel. Please do as follows.

1. Select a blank cell to place the rearranged text, enter formula =TRIM(MID(b2,SEARCH(" ",b2)+1,250))&" "&LEFT(b2,SEARCH(" ",b2)-1) into the Formula Bar and then press the Enter key. See screenshot:

Note: in the formula, B2 is the cell contains the name you will rearrange. Please change it based on your need.

2. Keep selecting the result cell, drag the Fill Handle down to flip all names as below screenshot shown.


Rearrange text in a cell with VBA code

Besides, you can apply below VBA code to flip all names in a list at once in Excel. Please do as follows.

1. Press the Alt + F11 keys to open the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.

2. In the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window, click Insert > Module. Then copy below VAB code into the Module window.

VBA code: Rearrange text in a cell

Sub RearrangeText() 
'Updated by Extendoffice 20180503
Dim xRg As Range, yRg As Range 
Dim LastRow As Long, i As Long 
Dim strTxt As String, strFs As String 
Dim strLs As String, N As Integer 
On Error Resume Next 
Set xRg = Application.InputBox(Prompt:="Range Selection:", _ 
Title:="Kutools for excel", Type:=8) 
For Each yRg In xRg 
On Error Resume Next 
strTxt = yRg.Value 
Trim (strTxt) 
N = InStr(strTxt, " ") 
strLs = Left(strTxt, N - 1) 
strFs = Right(strTxt, Len(strTxt) - N) 
yRg.Value = strFs & " " & strLs 
Next 
End Sub

3. Then a Kutools for Excel dialog box pops up, please select the name list you want to rearrange, and then click the OK button. See screenshot:

Then all “Last name First name” in selected list are flipped immediately.


Quickly rearrange text in a cell with Kutools for Excel

This section will introduce the Reverse Text Order utility of Kutools for Excel to help you rearrange text in a cell.

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1. Select the name list you will flip the “Last name First name”, then click Kutools > Text > Reverse Text Order. See screenshot:

2. In the Reverse Text dialog box, select the Space option and then click the OK button. See screenshot:

Then all names in selected list are rearranged at once.

Tip.If you want to have a free trial of this utility, please go to download the software freely first, and then go to apply the operation according above steps.


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    Angel · 19 days ago
    I have 5 names separated by a comma inside of one cell. In a 2nd cell, I have the same names separated by commas sorted in a different order. Can Kutools allow you to sort the 5 items within the same cell alphabetically?
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      crystal · 17 days ago
      Hi Angel,
      Kutools can't handle this kind of operation yet.
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    Johan Mostert · 9 months ago
    What do you do with three names?
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      crystal · 9 months ago
      Hi,
      The methods also work for three names.