LEN function in Excel

Excel TEXT functions return a number in a specified number format

How to split text with delimiter in Excel

To split text at an arbitrary delimiter (comma, space, pipe, etc.) you can use a formula based on the TRIM, MID, SUBSTITUTE, REPT, and LEN functions. Formula =TRIM(MID(SUBSTITUTE(A1,delim,REPT(” “,LEN(A1))),(N-1)*LEN(A1)+1,LEN(A1))) Explanation In the example shown, the formula in C5 is: =TRIM(MID(SUBSTITUTE($B5,”|”,REPT(” “,LEN($B5))),(C$4-1)*LEN($B5)+1,LEN($B5))) Note: references to B5 and C4 are mixed references to allow the formula to be copied… read more »

How to strip html from text or numbers in Excel

To strip html or other markup from values in cells, you can use the MID function. Formula =MID(text,start,LEN(text)-markup_len) Explanation In the example shown, the formula in C5 is: =MID(B5,4,LEN(B5)-7) How this formula works The MID function returns characters using a fixed starting point and ending point. In this case, the markup consists of the html… read more »

How to translate letters to numbers in Excel

To translate letters in a string to numbers, you can use an array formula based on the TEXTJOIN and VLOOKUP functions, with a defined translation table to provide the necessary lookups. Formula {=TEXTJOIN(“”,1,VLOOKUP(T(IF(1,MID(A1,ROW(INDIRECT(“1:”&LEN(A1))),1))),xtable,2,0))} Explanation In the example shown, the formula in C5 is: {=TEXTJOIN(“”,1,VLOOKUP(T(IF(1,MID(B5,ROW(INDIRECT(“1:”&LEN(B5))),1))),xtable,2,0))} where “xtable” is the named range E5:F10. Note: this is an array formula and must… read more »

How to get sheet name only in Excel

If you want to get the sheet name only (i.e. the sheet name without the file name or path) you can do so with rather long formula that uses the MID function along with the FIND function. The final result will look something like this: Sheet1 Formula =MID(CELL(“filename”,A1),FIND(“]”,CELL(“filename”,A1))+1,255) Explanation How the formula works The cell… read more »

How to remove trailing slash from url in Excel

To remove a trailing slash from a URL or path, you can use a formula based on the LEFT and LEN functions. Formula =LEFT(url,LEN(B4)-(RIGHT(url)=”/”)) Explanation In the example shown, the formula in cell C6 is: =LEFT(B4,LEN(B4)-(RIGHT(B4)=”/”)) How this formula works At the core, this formula uses the LEFT function to return text starting from the… read more »

How to strip protocol and trailing slash from URL in Excel

To remove the protocol (i.e. http://, ftp://, etc.) and trailing slash from a URL, you can use a formula based on the MID, FIND, and LEN functions. Formula =MID(url,FIND(“//”,url)+2,LEN(url)-FIND(“//”,url)-1-(RIGHT(url)=”/”)) Explanation In the example shown, the formula in C5 is: =MID(B4,FIND(“//”,B4)+2,LEN(B4)-FIND(“//”,B4)-1-(RIGHT(B4)=”/”)) How this formula works The core of this formula is the MID function, which extracts… read more »

How to get top level domain (TLD) in Excel

To extract the top level domain (called “TLD”)  from a list of domain names or email addresses, you can use a rather complex formula that uses several functions. In the formula below, domain represents a domain or email address in normal “dot” syntax. Formula =RIGHT(domain,LEN(domain)-FIND(“*”,SUBSTITUTE(domain,”.”,”*”, LEN(domain)-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(domain,”.”,””))))) Explanation In the example, the active cell contains this formula:… read more »

Extract last name from full name — Manipulating NAMES in Excel

If you need extract the last name from a full name, you can do so with this rather complex formula that uses several functions. Note: In the  formula below, name is a full name, with a space separating the first name from other parts of the name. Formula =RIGHT(name,LEN(name)-FIND(“*”,SUBSTITUTE(name,” “,”*”, LEN(name)-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(name,” “,””))))) Important! Handling inconsistent… read more »

Get first name from name with comma — Manipulating NAMES in Excel

To extract the first name from a full name in “Last, First” format, you can use a formula that uses RIGHT, LEN and FIND functions. Note: this formula will only work with names in Last, First format, separated with a comma and space. Formula =RIGHT(name,LEN(name)-FIND(“, “,name)-1) Explanation From the table and formula (above), name represent full… read more »

Split dimensions into three parts in Excel

To split dimensions that like 100x50x25 into three separate parts, you can use some rather complicated formulas that use LEFT, MID, RIGHT, FIND, LEN, and SUBSTITUTE. Note: you can also use Flash Fill in Excel 2013 and above, and the “text to columns” feature in older versions of Excel. Both approaches are quite a bit… read more »

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