Remove text from a cell based on specific position
This tutorial explains how to use formulas to remove text from a cell based on specific position in Excel.
How to remove text from a cell based on specific position? Generic formula =REPLACE(old_text,start_num,num_chars,"") Arguments Od_text: The text in which you want to remove some characters. It can be: 1. The text enclosed in quotation marks; 2. Or a reference to a cell containing the text. Start_num: Specify the position to start the removal in the old_text. Num_chars: The number of characters in the old_text that you want to remove. How to use this formula?
Supposing you want to remove 5 characters which start with the first character in a cell, you can do as follows.
1. Select a blank cell.
2. Enter the below formula into it and press the
Enter key. =REPLACE(B3,1,5,"")
3. Select this result cell and then drag the Fill Handle to apply the formula to other cells.
Tips: In this case, if the text that you want to remove are the same, you could also apply the below SUBSTITUTE function to achieve it. =SUBSTITUTE(B3,"2019-","") How this formula works?
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