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TextNumber Of
Characters Required
Left String 
Alan Jones1A =LEFT(C4,D4)
Alan Jones2Al =LEFT(C5,D5)
Alan Jones3Ala =LEFT(C6,D6)
Cardiff6Cardif =LEFT(C7,D7)
ABC1234ABC1 =LEFT(C8,D8)

What Does It Do ?
This function displays a specified number of characters from the left hand side of a
piece of text.


No special formatting is needed.


The following table was used to extract the first name of a person from their full name. The =FIND() function was used to locate position of the space between the first and second name. The length of the first name is therefore the position of the space minus one character. The =LEFT() function can now extract the first name based on the position of the space.
Full NameFirst Name 
Alan JonesAlan =LEFT(C27,FIND(” “,C27)-1)
Bob SmithBob =LEFT(C28,FIND(” “,C28)-1)
Carol WilliamsCarol =LEFT(C29,FIND(” “,C29)-1)

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