# Functions LEFT – RIGHT – MID

Last Updated on 31/05/2024

LEFT, RIGHT, and MID functions are crucial when working with Excel. They will help you extract substrings from your cells.

## The LEFT function

We want to extract the dialing code of a phone number. The dialing code is the first 3 digits of the phone number.Â To extract these figures, we will use the function LEFT.

This function is very simple to use because you only need 2 pieces of information:

1. your initial text (generally the reference of a cell)
2. the number of digits you want to extract (3 in this case).

The function has the following writing:

## RIGHT function

In the same way, if you want to extract the last 4 digits of the phone number, you use this time the function RIGHTas follow:

=RIGHT(B2,4)

## MID function

It is also possible to extract a part of a string in the middle. To do that, you will use the MID function.

To write this function, you must

• First, put the reference of the cell
• Second, indicate the position where you want to start the extraction (in our example, position 9)
• Third, indicate the number of characters you want to extract (8 characters to return)

So, if you want to extract the mobile phone number of the cell B8 in the cell C8, you will write the following formula:

=MID(B2,9,8)

In this example

• 20 represents the number of characters to start
• 8 represents the phone number (7 digits + the dash)

## Other TEXT functions in Excel

The functions LEFT, RIGHT, and MID play a crucial role in extracting string segments. Additionally, you can employ other functions to extract even more intricate substrings.

1. Phil
24/03/2019 @ 13:37

=RIGHT(B2,3)

Shouldn't 3 be 4 in this formula?

pdp

24/03/2019 @ 14:20

True ! Thanks

# Functions LEFT – RIGHT – MID

Last Updated on 31/05/2024

LEFT, RIGHT, and MID functions are crucial when working with Excel. They will help you extract substrings from your cells.

## The LEFT function

We want to extract the dialing code of a phone number. The dialing code is the first 3 digits of the phone number.Â To extract these figures, we will use the function LEFT.

This function is very simple to use because you only need 2 pieces of information:

1. your initial text (generally the reference of a cell)
2. the number of digits you want to extract (3 in this case).

The function has the following writing:

## RIGHT function

In the same way, if you want to extract the last 4 digits of the phone number, you use this time the function RIGHTas follow:

=RIGHT(B2,4)

## MID function

It is also possible to extract a part of a string in the middle. To do that, you will use the MID function.

To write this function, you must

• First, put the reference of the cell
• Second, indicate the position where you want to start the extraction (in our example, position 9)
• Third, indicate the number of characters you want to extract (8 characters to return)

So, if you want to extract the mobile phone number of the cell B8 in the cell C8, you will write the following formula:

=MID(B2,9,8)

In this example

• 20 represents the number of characters to start
• 8 represents the phone number (7 digits + the dash)

## Other TEXT functions in Excel

The functions LEFT, RIGHT, and MID play a crucial role in extracting string segments. Additionally, you can employ other functions to extract even more intricate substrings.

1. Phil
24/03/2019 @ 13:37

=RIGHT(B2,3)

Shouldn't 3 be 4 in this formula?

pdp