Remove first characters from text

In this article, we will learn about how to remove first characters from text in Excel using functions.

In simple words, we need to remove the characters from the text starting from the Left side. We can do the same by two functions.
1. REPLACE function: In this, we will replace the characters to remove with empty strings.
Syntax of REPLACE function:

=REPLACE(Text, 1, N, “”)

Text : from which characters is to be replaced.
1: start_num for text must be one as we are removing from first character.
N: upto characters needed to be removed from the start.
“” (empty string): replaced character or string.
2. RIGHT function: In this, we will extract the remaining string from the right leaving the first characters behind.

Syntax of RIGHT function:

=RIGHT (Text, LEN(text)-N)

Text: from which character is to be removed.
LEN(Text)- 1: used length function to get the toatal count of characters in the text. And we subtract N
It, so as to get the remaining characters from the right of text.
N: upto characters needed to be removed from the Left

Let’s understand this function using it an example.
Here we have a list of text and N number of characters to remove.
Use the REPLACE function formula

=REPLACE(A2, 1, B2, "")

As you can see the function replaced the First 5 characters from the start.

Use the formula for remaining texts using Ctrl + D shortcut keys.
REPLACE function removes first N characters from the start in Excel.
Now we will use LEFT function formula


As you can see “Wheat” is obtained as result using RIGHT function.

Copy the formula in remaining cells to get the same result as REPLACE function.
As you can see from the above examples that we can remove characters from the text using excel functions.

Hope you understood how to remove characters from text in Excel. Explore more articles on Excel Text functions here. Please feel free to state your query or feedback for the above article.

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