There were countless times when I had a list of full names, and all I needed was the First Name. It would be time-consuming to manually get the first names one by one. Thank goodness there are formulas to make my life easier!

In Excel, it’s very easy to do that with the LEFT and FIND formula!

Here is the gameplan:

  • Use the FIND formula to find the location of the space that separates the First Name and the Last Name
  • However we need to deduct this numerical location by 1, so that we have the location of the end of the First Name
  • With this number, we will use the LEFT formula to retrieve the First Name!


I explain how you can do this below:


STEP 1: We need to enter the LEFT function and select the Full Name:



STEP 2: We need to enter the FIND formula to get the empty space location between the first and last name:

=LEFT(C7, FIND(” “


STEP 3: Select the Full Name again for the FIND formula’s 2nd argument:

=LEFT(C7, FIND(” “, C7)


STEP 4: Deduct 1 from the FIND formula so that our result will return us the text up to the last letter of the first name:

=LEFT(C7, FIND(” “, C7) -1)


STEP 5: Do the same for the rest of the cells by dragging the formula all the way down using the left mouse button.

Now you are able to extract all the First Names from your FULL NAME using the FIND formula in Excel!


If you like this Excel tip, please share itEmail this to someone


Pin on Pinterest


Share on Facebook


Tweet about this on Twitter


Share on LinkedIn


Share on Google+


Related Posts

Cleaning Data with Excel’s PROPER Formula   What does it do? Capitalizes the first letter in a text string and any other letters in the text that follow a space. Converts all other letters to lowercase letters. Formula breakdown: =PROPER(text) What it means: =PROPER(this text cell) There are...
Extract Last Name with Excel’s REPLACE Formula What does it do? Replaces part of a text string, based on the number of characters you specify, with a different text string Formula breakdown: =REPLACE(old_text, start_num, num_chars, new_text) What it means: =REPLACE(this cell, starting from this number, all the ...
CountIf Formula in Excel What does it do? Counts the number of cells that matches your specified condition Formula breakdown: =COUNTIF(range, criteria) What it means: =COUNTIF(range of cells to check, condition to check against) Do you have a scenario where you want to count the num...
Round Off Numbers with Excel’s ROUND Formula What does it do? Rounds a number to the nearest decimal based on your specified number of digits Formula breakdown: =ROUND(number, num_digits) What it means: =ROUND(the number, number of decimal places to round off) Ever had the need to round off numbers? ...