## Extract all words but first or last from a cell in Excel

In this tutorial, we will learn how to use formulas to extract all words from a cell except the first or last one in Excel.

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#### Extract all words but first from a cell in Excel

As the below screenshot shown, you want to extract all words from each cell in column B except the first one, you can use a combination of the RIGHT, LEN and FIND functions to achieve it. Please do as follows.

**Generic formula**

=RIGHT(text_string,LEN(text_string)-FIND(" ",text_string,1))

**Arguments**

**Text_string**: The text string you will extract all words from it except the first one. It can be:

- The text string enclosed in quotation marks;
- Or a reference to a cell containing the text string.

**How to use this formula?**

1. Select a blank cell to output the extracted words. In this case, I select cell D3.

2. Enter the below formula into it and press the **Enter** key. And then select and drag the formula cell all the way down to apply it to other cells.

**=RIGHT(B3,LEN(B3)-FIND(" ",B3,1))**

Now all words in specific cells are extracted except the first words.

**Note**: In this above formula, B3 is the cell contains the words you will extract except the first one. Please change it based on your need.

**How this formula works?**

**=RIGHT(B3,LEN(B3)-FIND(" ",B3,1))**

1. **LEN(B3)**: The LEN function calculates the total length of Excel handy addin and returns the result as 17;

2. **FIND(" ",B3,1)**: As the words are separated by space, here the FIND function locates the position of the first space in Excel handy addin and returns the result as 6;

3. **RIGHT(B3,17-6)**: The RIGHT function extracts 11 characters (17-6=11) from the right side of the text string "Excel handy addin". The result is "handy addin".

#### Extract all words but last from a cell in Excel

In this section, we are going to use a combination of the LEFT, FIND, SUBSTITUTE and the LEN functions to extract all words except the last one from a specific cell in Excel.

**Generic formula**

=LEFT(text_string,FIND("[",SUBSTITUTE(text_string," ","[",LEN(text_string)-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(text_string," ",""))))-1)

**Arguments**

**Text_string**: The text string you will extract all words from it except the last one. It can be:

- The text string enclosed in quotation marks;
- Or a reference to a cell containing the text string.

**How to use this formula?**

1. Select a blank cell (such as D3 in this case) to output the extracted words.

2. Enter the below formula into it and press the **Enter** key. And then drag the formula cell all the way down to apply it to other cells.

**=LEFT(B3,FIND("[",SUBSTITUTE(B3," ","[",LEN(B3)-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(B3," ",""))))-1)**

Now all words in specific cells are extracted except the last words.

**Note**: In this above formula, B3 is the cell contains the words you will extract except the last one. Please change it based on your need.

**How this formula works?**

**=LEFT(B3,FIND("[",SUBSTITUTE(B3," ","[",LEN(B3)-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(B3," ",""))))-1)**

1. **SUBSTITUTE(B3," ","[",LEN(B3)-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(B3," ","")))**

**LEN(B3)**: The LEN function calculates the total length of text "Excel handy addin" and returns the result as 17;**LEN(SUBSTITUTE(B3," ",""))**: The SUBSTITUTE function removes all spaces in "Excel handy addin" and returns "Excelhandyaddin", and then the LEN function calculates the total length of text "Excelhandyaddin". The final result is 15;**SUBSTITUTE(B3," ","[",17-15))**: SUBSTITUTE(B3," ","[",2)) The SUBSTITUTE function replaces the second space in "Excel handy addin" with a character "[" and returns the result as "Excel handy[addin".

2. **FIND("[","Excel handy[addin")**

- The FIND function locates the position of the character "[" in text string "Excel handy[addin". Here the character "[" is in the 12th position in the text string, so it returns the result as 12;

3. **=LEFT(B3,12-1)**

- The LEFT function extracts 11 characters (12-1=11) from the left side of the text string "Excel handy addin". The result is "Excel handy".

#### Related functions

**Excel RIGHT function**

The Excel RIGHT function extracts a specific number of characters from the right side of the text string.

**Excel LEN function**

The Excel LEN function returns the number of characters in a text string.

**Excel FIND function**

The Excel FIND function finds a string within another string, and returns the starting position of the string inside another one.

**Excel LEFT function**

The Excel LEFT function extracts the given number of characters from the left side of a supplied string.

**Excel SUBSTITUTE function**

The Excel SUBSTITUTE function replaces text or characters within a text string with another text or characters.

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