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How to extract the first or last line from a multi-line cell in Excel?

If there are multi-line texts in a cell, now, you want to extract and copy the first or the last line text from the cell as following screenshot shown. How could you deal with this job quickly and easily in Excel?

Extract and copy the first line text from multi-line cells with formula

Extract and copy the last line text from multi-line cells with formula

Extract and copy each line text from multi-line cells with a powerful feature


Extract and copy the first line text from multi-line cells with formula

To copy and paste the first line text from the multi-line cell, please apply the below formula:

Enter this formula into a blank cell where you want to output the result:

=LEFT(A2, SEARCH(CHAR(10), A2)-1)

And then, drag the fill handle down to the cells that you want to apply this formula, all first line text contents have been extracted at once, see screenshot:


Extract and copy the last line text from multi-line cells with formula

If you want to extract the last line text from the cell, please apply the following formula:

Enter or copy the below formula into a blank cell:

=TRIM(RIGHT(SUBSTITUTE(A2,CHAR(10),REPT(" ",200)),200))

And then, drag the fill handle down to the cells that you want to apply this formula, all last line text contents have been extracted as following screenshot shown:


Extract and copy each line text from multi-line cells with a powerful feature

Here, you can also extract each line text from the multi-line cells into separate cells. Kutools for Excel’s Split Cells feature can help you to solve this task as quickly as possible.

Tips:To apply this Split Cells feature, 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. Select the range of cells that you want to use, and then click Kutools > Text > Split Cells, see screenshot:

2. In the Split Cells dialog box, select Split to Columns from the Type section, and then choose New line from the Split by section, see screenshot:

3. Then, click Ok button, and in the following prompt box, select a cell to output the result, see screenshot:

4. And then, click OK button, and each line text has been extracted to separate cells as below screenshot shown:

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