Are there any built-in Excel functions that will reverse a string?

  • you should pick the answer with strReverse – Max Hodges Apr 9 '15 at 16:22

There is no built-in function that I know of, but you can create your own custom function.

First - create a new module:

  1. Get into VBA (Press Alt+F11)
  2. Insert a new module (Insert > Module)

Second - paste the following function in your new module (Reference):

Function Reverse(Text As String) As String
    Dim i As Integer
    Dim StrNew As String
    Dim strOld As String
    strOld = Trim(Text)
    For i = 1 To Len(strOld)
      StrNew = Mid(strOld, i, 1) & StrNew
    Next i
    Reverse = StrNew
End Function

Now you should be able to use the Reverse function in your spreadsheet


The current accepted answer is a poor way to reverse a string, especially when there is one built into VBA, use the following code instead (should act the same but run a LOT faster):

Function Reverse(str As String) As String
    Reverse = StrReverse(Trim(str))
End Function
  • 1
    @n00b - "how to create a module" wasn't the question. :) This solution is much more efficient/faster/easier, although I'm not sure why TRIM was added, since extra whitespace wasnt't specified in the question. For "huge" datasets, remove TRIM if you don't need it. – ashleedawg Oct 28 '18 at 16:43

I found an alternative that doesn't require VBA at https://exceljet.net/formula/reverse-text-string

The formula is


where B5 is the input cell.

  • For me, this only returns the last character. – hypehuman Aug 13 '20 at 6:41
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    Works if entered using Ctrl + Shift + Enter – ZygD Dec 21 '20 at 19:23

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