Removing the first X number of characters from a string in Excel and Google Spreadsheets
RIGHT()returns the last X characters of a certain string, based on a number of characters you specify. Like: RIGHT(text,num_chars)
Say you want to remove the first 2 characters from a string in cell
B1 you can use:
Or in more general terms:
=RIGHT(B1,LEN(B1)-[number of characters to remove])
How does this RIGHT() function work?
Say for example that in cell
B1 you have a string “USmarketsize” and you want to remove the first two letters (“US”):
LEN(B1)returns the length of the string in cell
- It then subtracts 2, in order to leave out the first 2 characters:
- Then RIGHT() takes the last 10 letters from the string and returns:
- In effect, this has removed the first 2 characters of the string
There you go! Let me know in the comments when you have any questions – I’d love to help out!