Separate date in Excel Field

Posted on 2014-01-15
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Last Modified: 2014-01-20
I have a field in Excel that has both first name and last name separated by a space. I would like to pull out only the first name into a new column. Is there a formula that will do this?

Here is what the data looks like:
Joe Smith
Randy Roberts
Carl Heinz
Harold Harrison
Question by:Mark Grondin

Expert Comment

ID: 39784310
Select the data you want to modify --> Select the Data tab --> select Text to columns --> Select delimited --> Next --> Select "Space" only --> Select Finish
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Rgonzo1971 earned 1000 total points
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the formula would be

=LEFT(A1,FIND(" ",A1)-1)

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and for the last name if first name is in B1

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Sreeram earned 1000 total points
ID: 39784712
Try This :

  =IFERROR(LEFT(F10,FIND(" ",F10)-1),F10)

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by:Mark Grondin
ID: 39786568
Thank you for your help. =IFERROR(LEFT(F10,FIND(" ",F10)-1),F10) helped me deal with the exceptions, and I ended up using both the codes for first and last names (adding the "IFERROR" function to the lastname funciton suggested). I also returned a blank instead of the original contents of the cell, so my final functions I used are:
first name: =IFERROR(LEFT(L2,FIND(" ",L2)-1),"")
last name: =IFERROR(RIGHT(L2,LEN(L2)-LEN(V2)-1),"")

Wasn't exactly sure how to use the first recommendation, so I can not confirm how it works.

Thanks for your help!

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by:Mark Grondin
ID: 39786578
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