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# how to grab the left of a space delimeted cell?

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How to grab the left of a space delimeted cell?  The cell is a first name last name field.  I want to grab the left characters of the space and the right characters from the space.

cell = "Jane Doe"

Thank you very much/
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Hi, kgittinger.

Please see attached. The formulas are...
B1 ==> =MID(A1,1,FIND(" ",A1&"  ",1)-1)
C1 ==> =MID(A1,LEN(B1)+2,9999)
Let me know if a middle name is possible. If so, I assume you'd either want to drop it or to include it with first name.

Regards,
Brian.Extract-Name.xls
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Thank you very much.
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Thanks, kgittinger.
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