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Excel - Remove first line from a multiline cell

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I have an Excel spreadsheet with a column in it that contains multiple lines in each cell. The lines in those cells are separated by a line break (when entering data in the cell, pressed Alt + Enter to start new lines). I want to remove the first line in every one of those cells and leave the rest of the lines.

Can you help?

Cell contents appear as follows:

This is line 1
This is line 2
This is line 3

I want the result to look as follows:

This is line 2
This is line 3
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Question by:cbridgman
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by:cbridgman
ID: 40459662
I would like to do this with a formula rather than a macro. I'll take a macro if I have to but I really don't know how to set those up.
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ProfessorJimJam earned 250 total points
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=RIGHT(a2,LEN(a2)-FIND(CHAR(10),a2,1))  assuming your data is a2
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by:cbridgman
ID: 40460259
That almost does the trick but the line breaks disappear as follows:

Original Cell Content

This is line 1
This is line 2
This is line 3

Cell Content After Applying Formula

This is line 2This is line 3

Any way to prevent the removal of line breaks?
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by:Hakan Yılmaz
ID: 40460324
You may try this.
Option Explicit

Sub RemoveFirstLine(ByRef SearchRange As Range)
    Dim iterCell As Range
    For Each iterCell In SearchRange.Cells
        iterCell.Value = Right(iterCell.Value, Len(iterCell.Value) - InStr(1, iterCell.Value, Chr(10)))
    Next iterCell
End Sub

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You should call this sub with a reference to the range object which has strings to be manipulated.

Example:
Sub StartRemove()
    RemoveFirstLine ActiveWorkbook.ActiveSheet.UsedRange
    RemoveFirstLine ActiveWorkbook.ActiveSheet.Range("B4:B5")
    RemoveFirstLine ThisWorkbook.Worksheets("Sheet1").Range("B4:B5")
End Sub

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by:Jerry Paladino
Jerry Paladino earned 250 total points
ID: 40460558
The formula   =MID(A2,FIND(CHAR(10),A2),999)   will remove the first line.  

Note in your file where the cells have the three line text,  "Wrap Text" is enabled by default.  You will need to set the cells where you use this formula to Wrap Text for it to display correctly.
HTH,
JerryQ_28567654_ScreenshotQ-28567654.xlsx
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by:STEPHANIE HARRIS
ID: 41811070
How can I manipulate the formula so that I only keep line one and line 2 and 3 are removed?
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by:ProfessorJimJam
ID: 41811089
Stephanie.

it would have better if you opened a question for this. rather than adding the question on someone else question.  anyways,  you can get what you need by this formula

=LEFT(LEFT(A2,LEN(A2)-FIND(CHAR(10),A2,1)),LEN(LEFT(A2,LEN(A2)-FIND(CHAR(10),A2,1)))-FIND(CHAR(10),LEFT(A2,LEN(A2)-FIND(CHAR(10),A2,1)),1))
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by:STEPHANIE HARRIS
ID: 41811097
I apologize! It's my first time posting. The formula is giving me a #VALUE error.
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by:ProfessorJimJam
ID: 41811107
Can you upload the workbook sample because the formula perfectly works based on the example in original post
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by:STEPHANIE HARRIS
ID: 41811111
Sure, attached here is an example. I only want to keep the first line for every cell. Thank you!
workbook-example.xlsx
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by:Jerry Paladino
ID: 41811669
Try this formula...  

=IFERROR(LEFT(A2, FIND(CHAR(10),A2)-1), A2)
workbook-example.xlsx
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