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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



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.


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.

How this formula works?

The REPLACE function replaces five characters that start with the first character in B3 with nothing.

Related functions

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

Excel REPLACE function
The REPLACE function in Excel can help you to find and replace characters based on given location from text string with a new text.

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