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.

Flip the first and last name in a column with a function

Flip the first and last name in a column with VBA

Flip the first and last name in a column with Kutools for Excel

Supposing you have a column of names, and you need to flip the first and last name as below screenshot shown:

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arrow blue right bubble Flip the first and last name in a column with a function


We can use one of Excel's formulas to flip the first and last name quickly in a column with following steps:

Step 1: Enter the formula =MID(A1&" "&A1,FIND(" ",A1)+1,LEN(A1)) in a blank cell, says Cell C1. See screenshot:

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Step 2: Select the range of C1:C10, and click the Home > Fill > Down. Then you will see the first name are last name are inversed. See screenshot:

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Step 3: As they are formulas, when copy them to other cells, please paste as values.


arrow blue right bubble Flip the first and last name in a column with VBA

You can also use VBA macros to flip the first and last name in a column quickly.

Step 1: Hold down the Alt + F11 keys in Excel, and it opens the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.

Step 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

Step 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:

Step 4: In the following popping up dialog box, please define an interval symbol (such as a space), and then click the OK button. See screenshot:

Now the first name and last name in selected range are flipped.


arrow blue right bubble Flip the first and last name in a column with Kutools for Excel

With Kutools for Excel’s Reverse Text Order, you can quickly reverse order of the text in the cells.

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If you have installed Kutools for Excel, please do as following steps:

Step 1: Select the range that you want to reverse the first and last names.

Step 2: Click Kutools > Text > Reverse Text Order, see screenshot:

Step 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. You can see the results in the Preview pane. See screenshot:

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Now all the first names and last names in the selected range have been reversed.

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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