#### How to extract all words in a cell except the last one?

```I'm sure that has been solved before, but I cannot find or figure ou
the right formula so far.

I have a column of cells that have the first name, middle name(s) an
last name in that order in one cell.

I've seen formulas to extract the first or last word of a cell.
I want to extract the first name and middle names, that is all word
except the last word (or last name).

Thank you for replying with the solution

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```One way:

=LEFT(A1, FIND("^", SUBSTITUTE(A1,"_", "^", LEN(A1) - LEN(SUBSTITUTE(A1,
"_", "")))) - 1)

where "_" represents a space (to prevent an unfortunate linewrap).

In article <bianling.125pzl@excelforum-nospam.com>,
bianling <<bianling.125pzl@excelforum-nospam.com>> wrote:

> I'm sure that has been solved before, but I cannot find or figure out
> the right formula so far.
>
> I have a column of cells that have the first name, middle name(s) and
> last name in that order in one cell.
>
> I've seen formulas to extract the first or last word of a cell.
> I want to extract the first name and middle names, that is all words
> except the last word (or last name).
>
> Thank you for replying with the solution.
>
>
> ---
> Message posted from http://www.ExcelForum.com/
>
```
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jemcgimpsey (6723)
2/25/2004 12:56:41 AM
```Thank you for your quick reply.

unfortunately I copied and pasted your formula, but I only got #VALUE
I wouldn't have the knowledge to play with your formula.

What are some other ways/formulas you suggested this could be don
with?

Thank you

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2/25/2004 8:40:59 PM
```I tried it and it works. Are you sure that you put the whole formula in, the
posting wrapped it around despite John's efforts. Also, did you replace the
"_" by " "?

--

HTH

Bob Phillips
... looking out across Poole Harbour to the Purbecks
(remove nothere from the email address if mailing direct)

"bianling >" <<bianling.127969@excelforum-nospam.com> wrote in message
news:bianling.127969@excelforum-nospam.com...
>
> unfortunately I copied and pasted your formula, but I only got #VALUE.
> I wouldn't have the knowledge to play with your formula.
>
> What are some other ways/formulas you suggested this could be done
> with?
>
> Thank you.
>
>
> ---
> Message posted from http://www.ExcelForum.com/
>

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bob.phillips1 (6510)
2/25/2004 8:59:17 PM
```Also be sure you don't have anyone entered with a space WITHIN their last name.  Something like John Charles Van Engel.  Most of the time this would be VanEngel but if someone entered it with a space tha tmight screw up what you are trying to do..

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anonymous (74722)
2/25/2004 9:36:06 PM
```Thank you again for your quick reply.

Your formula does work. I had moronically misunderstood how to edit th
space.

I am myself very impressed by the formula. Is there any chance you ca
explain a little bit what it does? For example what is the "^" use
for?

Thank you again

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2/26/2004 2:38:22 AM
```the caret (^) is just a character that is unlikely to be found in a name
by itself. Substitute finds the last space and replaces the space with a
caret. The Left function then uses Find() to find the caret, and return
all the characters to the left .

In article <bianling.127ppw@excelforum-nospam.com>,
bianling <<bianling.127ppw@excelforum-nospam.com>> wrote:

> I am myself very impressed by the formula. Is there any chance you can
> explain a little bit what it does? For example what is the "^" used
> for?
```
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jemcgimpsey (6723)
2/26/2004 5:40:30 PM

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