How to flip the first and last name in cells in Excel?
Let's say you get a roster of names in one column, however, you need to flip the first name and last name in cells. Normally you will get into one cell and cut the last name, and then paste it before the first name, or retype the name again. It will be time-consuming and tedious if you use these traditional methods. Actually, there are several easy ways to flip or reverse the first name and last name in a single column quickly.
Supposing you have a column of names, and you need to flip the first and last name as below screenshot shown:
We can use one of Excel's formulas to flip the first and last name quickly in a column with following steps:
Enter the formula =MID(A2&" "&A2,FIND(" ",A2)+1,LEN(A2)) in a blank cell, says Cell C2. And then drag the fill handle down to the cells to apply this formula, then you can see all first and last names have been revered. See screenshot:
You can also use VBA macros to flip the first and last name in a column quickly.
1. Hold down the Alt + F11 keys in Excel, and it opens the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.
2. Click Insert > Module, and paste the following macro in the Module window.
Sub FlipName() 'Updateby20131126 Dim Rng As Range Dim WorkRng As Range Dim Sign As String On Error Resume Next xTitleId = "KutoolsforExcel" Set WorkRng = Application.Selection Set WorkRng = Application.InputBox("Range", xTitleId, WorkRng.Address, Type:=8) Sign = Application.InputBox("Symbol interval", xTitleId, " ", Type:=2) For Each Rng In WorkRng xValue = Rng.Value NameList = VBA.Split(xValue, Sign) If UBound(NameList) = 1 Then Rng.Value = NameList(1) + Sign + NameList(0) End If Next End Sub
3. Press the F5 key to run this macro. In the popping up KutoolsforExcel dialog box, select the range to flip, and then click the OK button. See screenshot:
4. In the following popping up dialog box, please enter an interval symbol (such as a space), and then click the OK button. See screenshot:
5. Now the first name and last name in selected range are flipped. See screenshot:
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If you have installed Kutools for Excel, please do as following steps:
1. Select the range that you want to reverse the first and last names.
2. Click Kutools > Text > Reverse Text Order, see screenshot:
3. In the Reverse Text dialog box, specify a separator your selected text string using, (in this case, I select Space option) and then click the OK button. And all the first names and last names in the selected range have been reversed. See screenshot:
Note: Checking Skip non-text cells to prevent you reversing the numbers in selected range.
If you want to know more about this feature, please click Reverse Text Order.
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To post as a guest, your comment is unpublished.· 1 months agoWhat if I need to insert a comma between the last and first name?
To post as a guest, your comment is unpublished.· 6 months agoWhat if there is a comma separating the 2 names? Is there a way to eliminate it? Now the names look like
To post as a guest, your comment is unpublished.· 5 months agoHave you tried Ctrl+F, Select Replace, Find "," and leave replace with blank.
To post as a guest, your comment is unpublished.· 4 months agoWhen I try that, it pops up with this error message "There's a problem with this formula. Not trying to type a formula? When the first character is an equal (=) or minus (-) sign, Excel thinks it's a formula: you type: =1+1, cell shows: 2. To get around this, type an apostrophe (') first: you type: '=1+1, cell shows =1+1.
To post as a guest, your comment is unpublished.· 6 months agoI want to know this too!
To post as a guest, your comment is unpublished.· 1 years agoCorrection. What if i have four names? What's the formula?
Last name - first name - middle1 - middle2
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To post as a guest, your comment is unpublished.· 1 years agoTHANKS!!!!! This formula just saved me a bunch of time. I am sure I will use it again and again.