Excel #VALUE

I am using the following formula:

=LEFT(H2,FIND(" ",H2,1)-1)

in order to get the first name separated from FIRST LAST name configuration. This formula works in other spreadsheets - but the one that I am working on. I get the entry


in the cell instead.

Your assistance is appreciated.
exp vgAsked:
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exp vgAuthor Commented:
Update, this formula gives the first name if there is a middle name/middle initial. However, if there is only a first and last name, the #VALUE appears.

Ryan ChongBusiness Systems Analyst , ex-Senior Application EngineerCommented:
so, you can try formula like this instead.

=IFERROR( LEFT(H2,FIND(" ",H2,1)-1), H2)

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exp vgAuthor Commented:
Thank you.
Rob HensonFinance AnalystCommented:
The #Value result is because it does not find the " " in the name cell.

Enclosing in an IFERROR(...) clause as suggested above will just cover up the error of the missing space and will return the whole cell value.

Rob H
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