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Excel Formula: Make first letter lowercase

Generally, you make first letter of string uppercase, but in some specified cases, you may want to force first letter lowercase. This tutorial introduces a formula to make the first letter of string in Excel cell be lowercase, explains the arguments and how the formula work.
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Generic formula:



Txt: the text string or cell reference you use to make the first letter lowercase.

How this formula work

To convert first letter to lowercase in cell B3, please use below formula:


Press Enter key.
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LEFT function: extracts a specified number of characters from left side of the text string. Here it extracts the first letter of the text string in cell B3.
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LOWER function: make letters lowercase.
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REPLACE function: find and replace text specified by a certain position of the given text with a new one.

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Sample File

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Relative Formulas

Relative Functions

  • LOWER function
    Lowercase letters in the text string.
  • REPLACE function
    Find and replace characters based on given location from text string with a new text.
  • LEFT function
    Extract characters from left side of text.
  • MID function
    Extract part of text from a cell value based on the location and length.

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