How do I enter a formula in Excel to capture a part of text from a cell?

Posted on 2016-11-21
Last Modified: 2016-12-04

I have values on my worksheet in column A. I want to capture from column A the contents on the left before the first space. Below are some examples. Do you have a formula for this? It's okay if the formula looks at only cell A1. I can copy the formula down to capture everying on column A.

Have                                                               Want

CarMax_TOT Special                                    CarMax_TOT
Toyota                                                            Toyota
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=LEFT(A1,FIND(" ",A1)-1)
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by:Rob Henson
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You could also use the Text to Columns wizard to split the text at spaces. This would put the text into several columns, based on the number of spaces but you would then just delete those that you don't need.
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That formula will give an error with the second entry.

You can add a virtual space at the end to ensure that if the entry is only one word, then that word will be returned.


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

or you can use IFERROR

e.g. =IFERROR(LEFT(A1,FIND(" ",A1)-1) ,A1)
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The formula is not working for items that don't have a space. On my example above Toyota doesn't have a space. The value Toyota is not being returned with the formula you provided.
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See my reply.
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You are absolutely right. NBVC provided the solution.

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Thank you.

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