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I need to remove all characters in a cell after the first word. Anyone know how to do this?

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up vote 2 down vote accepted

If you assume that a space is the division between words you can use something like this.

=LEFT(A1,FIND(" ",A1,1))

if you have a sentence with a comma after the first word it will return it as well, however. You can insert this in an adjoining cell and paste the result. or if you want a macro to do that, it is fairly simple to adapt.

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You might also want to add -1 to avoid trailing space, i.e. =LEFT(A1,FIND(" ",A1)-1) – barry houdini Jul 3 '12 at 9:47

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