Reversing the Word Order within a String in Microsoft Excel

In this article we will write the formula to reverse the word order within a string in Microsoft Excel. We will use LEFT, RIGHT, LEN and FIND functions.

LEFT will help to pick the character  from the left side within a cell.

RIGHT will help to pick the character from the right side within a cell text.

LEN function we use to return the text length to a cell.

FIND function returns the location number at which a specific character or text string is first found, reading left to right (not case-sensitive).

Let’s take an example to understand how reversing the word order within a string.

Example 1: We have a list of Names in Column “A” and we need to show the name in its reverse order.


Follow the below given steps:-

  • Select the cell B2, write the formula.
  • =RIGHT(A2,LEN(A2)-FIND(" ",A2))&" "&LEFT(A2,FIND(" ",A2)-1)
  • Press Enter on your keyboard.
  • The function will reverse the word order within a string.


  • To copy the formula to all the cells, press the key  “CTRL + C”  and select the cell B3 to B6 and press the key “CTRL + V”  on your keyboard.


This is how we can reverse the order of the words by using the Right, Len, Find and Left functions in Microsoft Excel.


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  1. This formula is use only first word . but i want whole string reversed orderly for exp input ( Apple, Ball, Cat) and output should be in (cat, Ball,Apple). If it will be possible please Publish the syntax . It will be more helpful .

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