## How To Remove First, Last X Characters Or Certain Position Characters From Text In Excel?

For most of Excel users, sometimes, you need to delete first n characters from the beginning of the text strings or remove the last x characters from the end of the text strings as below screenshot shown. This article, I will introduce some handy tricks for solving this task quickly and easily in Excel.

#### Method 1: Remove first or last x characters from text strings with formulas

###### Remove first x characters from the beginning of the text strings:

In Excel, you can use the RIGHT and LEFT functions to remove the certain number of characters from the beginning or the end of the strings, please do as this:

1. Type or copy the following formula in a blank cell C4 where you want to put the result:

=RIGHT(A4, LEN(A4)-2)

and press Enter key to get the first result. See screenshot:

Note: In the above formula:

• A4 is the cell value that you want to remove characters;
• The number 2 means the number of characters you want to remove from the beginning of the text string.

2. Then, select the cell C4 and drag the fill handle down to the cells where you want to apply this formula, and all the first 2 characters have been removed from the text strings, see screenshot:

###### Remove last x characters from the end of the text strings:

If you need to remove the last several characters, you can use the LEFT function as the same as the RIGHT function.

Please enter or copy this formula into a blank cell:

=LEFT(A4, LEN(A4)-9)

and then drag the fill handle down to the cells that you want to apply this formula, and last 9 characters have been deleted from the text strings at once, see screenshot:

Note: In the above formula:

• A4 is the cell value that you want to remove characters;
• The number 9 means the number of characters you want to remove from the end of the text string.

#### Method 2: Remove first or last x characters from text strings with User Defined Function

Here is a User Defined Function which also can help you to remove first or last n characters from text strings, please do as this:

###### Remove first x characters from the beginning of the text strings:

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

2. Click Insert > Module, and paste the following code in the Module Window.

```Public Function removeFirstx(rng As String, cnt As Long)
removeFirstx = Right(rng, Len(rng) - cnt)
End Function
```

3. Then go back to the worksheet, and then enter this formula: =removefirstx(A4,2) into a blank cell, and then drag the fill handle down to get the results as you need, see screenshot:

Note: In the above formula:

• A4 is the cell that you want to remove characters;
• The number 2 indicates the number of characters you would like to remove from the beginning of the text string.

###### Remove last x characters from the end of the text strings:

To remove last n characters from the text strings, please apply the following User Defined Function:

```Public Function removeLastx(rng As String, cnt As Long)
removeLastx = Left(rng, Len(rng) - cnt)
End Function
```

And then apply this formula: =removelastx(A4,9) to get the results as you need, see screenshot:

Note: In the above formula:

• A4 is the cell that you want to remove characters;
• The number 9 indicates the number of characters you would like to remove from the end of the text string.

#### Method 3: Remove first, last x characters or certain position characters without any formulas

Using the Excel functions to remove certain characters is not as directly as it is. Just take a look at the way provided in this method, which is no more than two or three mouse clicks. With the Remove by Position utility of the third party add-in Kutools for Excel, you can be easy to remove first, last or certain characters from the text string. Click to download Kutools for Excel! Please see below demo:

After installing Kutools for Excel, please apply Remove by Position according to these steps:

1. Select the range that you want to remove the certain characters. Then click Kutools > Text > Remove by Position. See screenshot:

2. Specify the following operations in the pop-up Remove by Position dialog box.

• (1.) Specify the number of characters to be deleted.
• (2.) Choose From left option under the Position section to delete the first n characters, see screenshot:

Tips: The Remove by Position utility also can help you to remove the last n characters or the certain characters from specific position.

#### Method 4: Remove both first x and last x characters from text strings with formula

Sometimes, you would like to remove characters from text strings on both sides, for example, you need to remove first 2 characters and last 9 characters at the same time. Here, the MID function can do you a favor.

1. Please enter or copy this formula into a blank cell:

=MID(A4,3,LEN(A4)-11)

and press Enter key to get the first result. See screenshot:

Note: In the above formula:

• A4 is the cell value that you want to remove characters;
• The number 3 is one more than the number of characters you want to remove from the left side;
• The number 11 is the total number of characters you want to remove.

2. Then, select the cell C4 and drag the fill handle down to the cells where you want to apply this formula, and all the first 2 and last 9 characters have been removed immediately from the text strings, see screenshot:

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· 1 years ago
Hi I have a data with names and surnames of some people, i want to separate surname in coloumn and name in another coloumn, surnames are not same like michel, john, daniel, williams like please help me to separate surname by using formula, I have lot of data
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· 1 years ago
If number or character differ you can use example below (I needed to remove the last character):
=PART(A1;1;(LENGTH(A1)-1))
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· 1 years ago
I WANT TO TRIM TEXT LENGTH, FOR EXAMPLE I HAVE SOME ADDRESS THAT LENGTH SOME COLUM 10 CHARECTOR AND SOME COLUM 20 CHARECTOR SOME 15 CHARECTOR IN THIS CASE I WANT TO TRIM WHICH COLUM TEXT MORE THAN 15 I WANT TO TRIM THAT COLUM TEXT TO 15 CHARECTOR, DONT TRIM OTHER COLUM TEXTS

ANYBODY HELP ME
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· 8 months ago
Use "text to column"
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· 1 years ago
Very helpful tip. Something we use a lot in our environment.
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· 1 years ago
I gave function error when I apply formula to cell. After 2 hours I try it again by using (;) instead of (,) and result positive. As result of;
=removelastx(E4,3) (not working)
=removelastx(E4;3) (working)
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· 2 years ago
How to remove the first character from a cell but not in every cell in that column? Thanks!
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· 2 years ago
This helped to get the result from an entry but I am unable to LOOKUP the new value.
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· 2 years ago
This really helps me a lot in my daily working.

Thanks
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· 2 years ago
Hi,
I have the formula that gives me the #value error that I don't seem to be able to figure out how to fix it.

Thank you in advance.
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· 2 years ago
How can I type the command to cut text from the left and the right?
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· 2 years ago
I can't make this formula work, I type : =LEFT(A1,LEN(A1)-4) and it gives error everytime.
My A1 column has the following data: ELDB-AK-S-42228-001

Why isn't this working?
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· 2 years ago
i have a list of sizes that have numbers and names, words,etc. i want to remove all letters in the entire column leaving only the numbers. how do i remove all letter which come in hundreds of different variations and lengths?
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· 2 years ago
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· 2 years ago
Hi there everyone,
I am trying to remove an initial in a field that includes a persons name. An example is

Taylor Jeremy D In this example I am trying to remove the D and just leave surname and first name there.

The problem is that I have a heap of data which is inconsistently entered meaning that some of the fields have an initial (like that above) and some just say a name like Taylor Jeremy (without an initial).

Any ideas so that I can have a consistent data set and one that excludes the initial?
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· 2 years ago
Try this, it solves exactly the way you want it.

=IF((IFERROR((FIND(" ",A1,((FIND(" ",A1,1))+1)))/(FIND(" ",A1,((FIND(" ",A1,1))+1))),0))=1,LEFT(A1,((FIND(" ",A1,((FIND(" ",A1,1))+1)))-1)),A1)

A1 is Taylor Jeremy D or without the D, as you wish
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· 2 years ago
Just for lettiing you know that I solved your problem, I hope im not too late.

=SI((SIERREUR((TROUVE(" ";R9;((TROUVE(" ";R9;1))+1)))/(TROUVE(" ";R9;((TROUVE(" ";R9;1))+1)));0))=1;GAUCHE(R9;((TROUVE(" ";R9;((TROUVE(" ";R9;1))+1)))-1));R9)

Cell R9 is your Taylor Jeremy D, try it with and without the D and you'll see it works fine
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· 2 years ago
If the text name (Taylor Jeremy D) located in A1, you can use below function to acheive the result (remove the last name):
=LEFT(A1,FIND(" ",A1,1))&LEFT(RIGHT(A1,LEN(A1)-A2),FIND(" ",RIGHT(A1,LEN(A1)-A2))-1)
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· 2 years ago
Can also be accomplished with the below string, which is simpler and doesn't require formulas in multiple cells. Following same assumption that data is in A1 and the initial is always 1 character. TRIM function added within the LEN function in case there are unseen trailing spaces in the data. TRIM function added at the beginning of the formula will delete any residual spacing after the LEFT function is executed.

=TRIM(LEFT(A1,LEN(TRIM(A1))-1))

Or if you don't like the leading TRIM function you can subtract 2 characters from the LEN function instead of just the one. I prefer TRIM route in case there are more than 1 spaces in between the name and middle initial - have to account for inconsistent data entry.

=LEFT(A1,LEN(TRIM(A1))-2)
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· 2 years ago
Hi there,
im looking for a solution. Problem is that i have two colums of data where 1st column contain some text that part of is invalid and need to be removed, 2nd column contain invalid text string.

Let's say cell A1 contain text string "ABCDEF"

Cell A2 contain invalid part of the string, for example "CD"

After removing invalid text string, cell A1 will look like this: "ABEF".

How to do that? Thanks in advance!
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· 2 years ago
Hey you can do this with a combination of functions:

=CONCATENATE(LEFT(Y4;FIND("c";Y4)-1);RIGHT(Y4;LEN(Y4)-FIND("c";Y4)-1))

Concatenate brings the two strings together, because you want to take a left side of the string and combine it with a right side of the string eliminating the middle values.
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· 2 years ago
remove all but the characters after a certain character. =RIGHT(G2,LEN(G2)-FIND("[",G2,4)). I was doing this for states so I had to convert the state into a unique character to reduce it down to 1 character rather then " NM ".
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· 2 years ago
Good day

Kindly assist in removing the letters which appear like that on numbers using excel

26772309814Trudie

Regards
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· 1 years ago
Use the formula =RIGHT(A2,LEN(A2)-11)
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· 3 years ago
Hai

Ex : AS SPLSH (CW) 100ml (112)

hove to remove last (sum numbers)
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· 3 years ago
Worked for me. Thanks
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· 3 years ago
[b]very nice tip[/b]
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· 3 years ago
Please tell me how to get particular data in a cell
Example
Column A
Ip-bs-bedroom
Gh-ff-kitchen
Ip-gh-main door
.
.
Now I want in column B has only location ,that's bedroom, kitchen so I want to remove other except location
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· 3 years ago
You can use Find and Replace (Ctr + H). Find what: "*-" and Replace with: keep this field blank. Then click replace.
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· 3 years ago
Dear Member,
How do we find
Data Required
201 205
2102 2105
203 205
2015 2015
207 210
2147 2150
1000 1000
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· 3 years ago
Hi I want to remove everything after the first dash(-) and keep only the letters.
How do I do that?
example 123-ABC-BDER-AKD
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· 2 years ago
try =RIGHT(A1, LEN(A1)-4) assuming characters before the first (-) are 3 digits long
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· 3 years ago
Hi,

I need support from Kutools team as i believe only you guys can help me. I have purchased a kutools license and couldn't find this feature in it.

I would like to password protect/unprotect a 'sheet1' of 300 workbooks in one folder.
For example: Only certain cells are editable in the password protected sheet1. You need to unprotect it with a password to edit all the cells.

Scenario : When I open a workbook sheet1 opens and only certain cells are editable.(This is for on fields workers)
For office purpose all the cells have to be editable and this is protected with a password which on field workers don't know.

After some editing we have to protect back the sheet and save it.
This happens for 300 workbooks' sheet1.
So everytime

[b]Opening workbook -> Review->Unprotect Sheet->Enter Password.[/b]
After Changes
[/b]

Can we do the above steps for a folder of workbooks using a VBA or any such help would be much appreciated.
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· 3 years ago
I have data on browsers used by users where in I need to separate version type and names.
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· 3 years ago
Hi!

I Would like to removed selected characters on my excel workbook, how will i do that? is there any formulas for it?

Thanks & BR,
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· 3 years ago
Hi.
I would like to remove the last characters by using find and replace, but with Excel's Visual Basic (with commands).
I would like to create a file that loads an existing file and creates a new one, with the column edited.

Any help will be appreciated.

Regards,
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· 3 years ago
how can I mass delete a * in a excel spreadsheet description line?
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· 3 years ago
Hi Yoda,

just do a find and replace. You can easily acces the function using CTRL+F.
You will want to look for "*" and replace with ""
basically, wherever excel finds * it will replace it with a blank.
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· 3 years ago
Thanks you for a very simple and a comprehensible approach. It works!!!! God bless you my dear Fellow-Anonymous!
It took me 2 days of painful searches through Russian web and quite a number brain cells to find Excel Functions in Russian with explanatory notes provided, but all was in vain just because formulas refuse to work!! It seems like the accessibility and the total unwillingless to share common practices among my Russian colleagues, who just pretend they know *uck all about Microsoft products is still a big issue!!
No, seriously, I owe u!
Thanks!
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· 3 years ago
send the kutools for xp
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· 3 years ago
hey tanx dears
Replace All worked for me. hhhh very good trick..
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· 3 years ago
I want to delete the left 4 digit in whole sheet...

for example 5895012032251........the result should be 012032251
I can do the one only but how to do in whole worksheet..
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· 4 years ago
Hi Team,

Need formula for removing first character from cell if it is special only.

Kindly help...
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· 4 years ago
use subsitute function
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· 4 years ago
Hi all
Is there any way to remove Vowels from a alpha string. say 'Connector, the result supposed to be 'cnnctor'.
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· 4 years ago
Hi,

The easiest way is to do a Find and replace. Select you range, do ctrl-F then find O replace with blank. This will remove all,'O's and replace with no character, which will remove them.

Do this with each vowel and you are done. No formula required
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· 4 years ago
Hi! Thank you so much for this article! It has saved me so much time.
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· 4 years ago
My string is like this "1400 10-07-1975"
I want to keep only the first "1400"
I tried, It worked for the first time with that search and replace function... but I'm unable to repeat it by putting "space*" in "find what" section
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· 3 years ago
=LEFT(A1,SEARCH(" ",A1)-1) Should do the trick.
Basically saying;
I want text starting from the left of the string in A1, then i want to find the location of the first instance of a space and minus one from that. (otherwise your found string will contain the space).
Simple enough, hope this helps.
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· 4 years ago
THANK GOD!!!! You just saved me two day's of work from Excel loosing all formatting. I'm going to champion this software for use within my group. You just got at least one new customer.
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· 4 years ago
I used this one RIGHT(B1, LEN(B1)-2)
Thanks
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· 4 years ago
I have data that contains both Chinese and English and I would like to trim the data so that only the English appears. The data is varying lengths and the Chinese characters I would liked trimmed are also varying lengths. How might I be able able to do this. The data looks like this:

待摊车辆保险Prepaid vehicle insurance fee
待摊保险费Prepaid insurance fee
原材料Raw material
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· 4 years ago
Hi,
I need help with product database.

I have names of products from database for example:
/cars/new/car1.jpg
/cars/car red2.jpg
/trucks/new/for sale/34533.jpg

So I need only the text after the last slash (jpg file name):
car1.jpg
car red2.jpg
34533.jpg

I can't predict how long it is part before slash / and after slash. It is different for different cells.

Any solution? Thank you so much
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· 2 years ago
use column to text in data section
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· 4 years ago
ABC xyz pq Replace Me(s)
output: "ABC RE"
EFG xyz pq Change This(
output: "EFG CT"

I have data similar to dummy data in above 2 lines in excel. Request your help to provide a formula that will replace the complete line with "RM" if found with text "Replace Me(s)" and "CT" if found with text "Change This("
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· 4 years ago
25/06/1994
27/12/1984
01/07/1991
12/02/1977
12/02/1977
09/07/1976
01/01/1974
01/01/1974
hello, from the above, how do i remove the first characters, i want to remain with the last 4 digits eg 1977, 1976,
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· 2 years ago
=year(date)
you can get year
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· 4 years ago
[quote name="SAMULA"]25/06/1994
27/12/1984
01/07/1991
12/02/1977
12/02/1977
09/07/1976
01/01/1974
01/01/1974
hello, from the above, how do i remove the first characters, i want to remain with the last 4 digits eg 1977, 1976,[/quote]

Try
=RIGHT(A1,4)
This says;
Starting from the right of cell A1, give me the last 4 characters.
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· 4 years ago
I just want to say "thank you" for this tip; it has been EXTREMELY helpful!
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· 4 years ago
[quote name="Dave"][quote name="Michael M."]Hi!
I have issues applying the formula for removing the first 4 characters
=RIGHT(A1, LEN(A1)-4)
When I insert it into Excel it opens an error window, saying that the formula is incorrect and marking =RIGHT([b]A1,[/b] LEN(A1)-4).
Why???[/quote]
Your code works fine for me. may be an issue with your version of excel. try putting the len(a1)-1 in brackets.
Failing that, tr;
=MID(A1,5,LEN(A1))
And, obviously, make sure you are not putting this code into cell A1.
i realise that these comments take about a month or two to get added, but i hope this helps.[/quote]
I nomally use this type of data sq/02/16/144/g/2/10 i want all data after last slash. what i do pls. guide
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· 4 years ago
[quote name="Zia Ahmed"][quote name="Dave"][quote name="Michael M."]Hi!
I have issues applying the formula for removing the first 4 characters
=RIGHT(A1, LEN(A1)-4)
When I insert it into Excel it opens an error window, saying that the formula is incorrect and marking =RIGHT([b]A1,[/b] LEN(A1)-4).
Why???[/quote]
Your code works fine for me. may be an issue with your version of excel. try putting the len(a1)-1 in brackets.
Failing that, tr;
=MID(A1,5,LEN(A1))
And, obviously, make sure you are not putting this code into cell A1.
i realise that these comments take about a month or two to get added, but i hope this helps.[/quote]
I nomally use this type of data sq/02/16/144/g/2/10 i want all data after last slash. what i do pls. guide[/quote]

try;
=RIGHT(A1,LEN(A1)-SEARCH("^^",SUBSTITUTE(A1,"/","^^",LEN(A1)-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(A1,"/","")))))
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· 4 years ago
what will the solution
if have diffrent text in the colloum with some number whether in middle,in the beginning or in last how to remove all text in the colloum except numbers plz reply
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· 4 years ago
Hi!
I have issues applying the formula for removing the first 4 characters
=RIGHT(A1, LEN(A1)-4)
When I insert it into Excel it opens an error window, saying that the formula is incorrect and marking =RIGHT([b]A1,[/b] LEN(A1)-4).
Why???
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· 2 years ago
=mid(A1,4,len(a1))
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· 4 years ago
[quote name="Michael M."]Hi!
I have issues applying the formula for removing the first 4 characters
=RIGHT(A1, LEN(A1)-4)
When I insert it into Excel it opens an error window, saying that the formula is incorrect and marking =RIGHT([b]A1,[/b] LEN(A1)-4).
Why???[/quote]
Your code works fine for me. may be an issue with your version of excel. try putting the len(a1)-1 in brackets.
Failing that, tr;
=MID(A1,5,LEN(A1))
And, obviously, make sure you are not putting this code into cell A1.
i realise that these comments take about a month or two to get added, but i hope this helps.
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· 4 years ago
CPCB07-PV-0043-03
I have this type of entries in 1000s.
my task is to fill automatically, PV , in adjacent cell.
how can I do this?
kindly help
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· 4 years ago
your question is not clear, can you give more details?
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· 4 years ago
[quote name="kittu"]CPCB07-PV-0043-03
I have this type of entries in 1000s.
my task is to fill automatically, PV , in adjacent cell.
how can I do this?
kindly help[/quote]

=MID(A2,(SEARCH("-",A2,1)+1),(SEARCH("-",A2,(SEARCH("-",A2,1)+1))-(SEARCH("-",A2,1)+1)))

So, this one assumes the PV is always enclosed in "-" and that it is always after the first "-".
It will look in cell A2, and then look for the first instance of "-" and start the copy from after that point. To find the number of characters to copy, it will look for the first "-" and then look for the second "-" and calculate the number of characters in between by subtracting the position of the second dash from the position of the first.
Its a lot simpler than i make it sound.
If it will always be two characters, (PV for example, you can simplify it with;
=MID(A2,(SEARCH("-",A2,1)+1),2)
which will look for the first instance of "-" and copy the two characters after it.

Hope this helps.
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· 4 years ago
Hello, how would I select information in the middle of a string?
For example I have this: ADR292000600001200178BLOSSOMDRIVE. And I'm looking to select ONLY the 15 digits after the 'ADR'.
I can't seem to find a way to do this.
Thanks
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· 4 years ago
Yes, just use the MID function
If your data is in A1 : start at the 4th char, return 15 char from that start position
=MID(A1,4,15)
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· 4 years ago
[quote name="LINZEY"]Hello, how would I select information in the middle of a string?
For example I have this: ADR292000600001200178BLOSSOMDRIVE. And I'm looking to select ONLY the 15 digits after the 'ADR'.
I can't seem to find a way to do this.
Thanks[/quote]

=MID(A2,4,15)

This will select the text within a string in cell A3, starting at position 4 (Assuming it always starts with ADR) and selecting only the 15 characters after "ADR" (Again assuming the information you wants is always only 15 characters long. Spaces count as characters also.)
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· 4 years ago
Great info on this site as usual - I'm looking for something similar, maybe just not asking my question in the right way.

I have a combination of the following and want to remove the numbers from each step ([b]4.[[/b]b][][/b]),([b]5.[[/b]b][][/b]) etc then (1)[]).
Basically, I want the bottom 6 steps to look like the top 3

VERIFY AND CHECK
DRAIN LUBRICANT
REFILL WITH FRESH
4. CHECK
5. COMPLETE THE ATTACHED
6. ENSURE EVERYTHING
1) SWITCH THE FOLLOWING
2) VISUALLY CHECK
3) SWITCH ALARM
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· 4 years ago
[quote name="Richie"]Great info on this site as usual - I'm looking for something similar, maybe just not asking my question in the right way.

I have a combination of the following and want to remove the numbers from each step ([b]4.[[/b]b][][/b]),([b]5.[[/b]b][][/b]) etc then (1)[]).
Basically, I want the bottom 6 steps to look like the top 3

VERIFY AND CHECK
DRAIN LUBRICANT
REFILL WITH FRESH
4. CHECK
5. COMPLETE THE ATTACHED
6. ENSURE EVERYTHING
1) SWITCH THE FOLLOWING
2) VISUALLY CHECK
3) SWITCH ALARM[/quote]

=RIGHT(A2,(LEN(A2)-SEARCH(" ",A2,1)))

Assuming your step number always has a space after it.