Power Query or Get & Transform (In Excel 2016) lets you perform a series of steps to transform your Excel data.  One of the steps it allows you to take is to extract the length of text.

For our example, let us get the names that have at least 12 characters!

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STEP 1: Select your data and turn it into an Excel Table by pressing the shortcut Ctrl + T or by going to Insert > Table

Extract Length in Power Query

 

STEP 2: Go to Data > Get & Transform > From Table (Excel 2016) or Power Query > Excel Data > From Table (Excel 2013 & 2010)

Excel 2016:

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STEP 3: This will open up the Power Query Editor.

Make sure the Name column is selected. Go to Add Column > From Text> Extract > Length

Extract Length in Power Query

Now we can get the names that are at least 12 characters long! Click on the Arrow beside the Length Column.

Extract Length in Power Query

Go to Number Filters > Greater Than Or Equal To

Extract Length in Power Query

Type in 12. Click OK.

Extract Length in Power Query

 

STEP 4: Click Close & Load from the Home tab and this will open up a brand new worksheet in your Excel workbook with the filtered records!

Extract Length in Power Query

You now have your new table with names at least 12 characters long!

Extract Length in Power Query

How to Extract Length in Excel Using Power Query

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