How to Reverse Strings in Excel

In this article, we will learn How to Reverse Strings in Excel


Converting the full names in column A, formatted "LastName, FirstName" into names formatted "FirstName LastName".

Formula explanation:

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).

Formula syntax:

= RIGHT ( string , LEN ( string ) - FIND (" " , string ) ) & " " &  LEFT ( string, FIND (" ", string ) - 1 )

Example :

All of these might be confusing to understand. Let's understand how to use the function using an example. Here We have a list of Names in Column “A” and we need to show the name in its reverse order.

Use the formula:

=RIGHT(A2,LEN(A2)-FIND(" ",A2))&" "&LEFT(A2,FIND(" ",A2)-1)

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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