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Excel 2007 Formula to Pull Text Before A Certain Character

Posted on 2016-11-02
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Hello,

Can someone provide a formula that will pull all the text in a cell that appears before the first appearance of {?  For example, if the cell contains the following: Hello World {123} the formula would return:  Hello World.  If there is no { in the text string then it would just return the full text in the cell.

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It can be done with a FIND() and LEFT(). The trick is just to catch the error and return the whole text as you described if the cell doesn't have a { in it.

Try this:
=IF(ISERROR(FIND("{",A1)),A1,LEFT(A1,FIND("{",A1)-2))

Note: The -2 at the end moves back two characters from the {. So the { character and the space before it are not included.
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Hi,

pls try
=LEFT(A1,FIND("{",A1)-1)

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