How to Extract Initials From a Name in Excel
This post will guide you how to get initials from a given name using a formula in Excel. How do I extract initials from names in Excel 2013/2016.
 Extract Initials from a Name Using a Formula
 Extract Initials from a Name Using User Defined Function
Assuming that you have a list of data in range B1:B4, in which contain name values, and you want to extract initials from these names. How to accomplish it. this post will show you two methods to get initials.
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Extract Initials from a Name Using a Formula
To extract initials from a given name in Excel, you can do this using a formula based on the LEFT function, the IF function, the ISNUMBER function and the MID function. Like this:
=LEFT(B1)&IF(ISNUMBER(FIND(” “, B1)),MID(B1,FIND(” “, B1)+1,1),””)&IF(ISNUMBER(FIND(” “, B1,FIND(” “, B1)+1)),MID(B1,FIND(” “, B1,FIND(” “, B1)+1)+1,1),””)
You need to type this formula into a blank cell and press Enter key on your keyboard, and then drag the AutoFill Handle down to other cells.
Extract Initials from a Name Using User Defined Function
You can also define a User Defined function to extract initials from a given name in Excel. Just do the following steps:
Step1# open your excel workbook and then click on “Visual Basic” command under DEVELOPER Tab, or just press “ALT+F11” shortcut.
Step2# then the “Visual Basic Editor” window will appear.
Step3# click “Insert” >”Module” to create a new module.
Step4# paste the below VBA code into the code window. Then clicking “Save” button.
Function GetFirstCharacters(pWorkRng As Range) As String myValue = pWorkRng.Value myStr = VBA.Split(Trim(myValue)) For i = 0 To UBound(myStr) myResult = myResult & VBA.Left(myStr(i), 1) & "" Next GetFirstCharacters = myResult End Function
Step5# type the following formula into a blank cell and press Enter key in your keyboard.
=GetFirstCharacters(B1)
Related Functions

Excel IF function
The Excel IF function perform a logical test to return one value if the condition is TRUE and return another value if the condition is FALSE. The IF function is a buildin function in Microsoft Excel and it is categorized as a Logical Function.The syntax of the IF function is as below:= IF (condition, [true_value], [false_value])…. 
Excel LEFT function
The Excel LEFT function returns a substring (a specified number of the characters) from a text string, starting from the leftmost character.The LEFT function is a buildin function in Microsoft Excel and it is categorized as a Text Function.The syntax of the LEFT function is as below:= LEFT(text,[num_chars])…t)… 
Excel ISNUMBER function
The Excel ISNUMBER function returns TRUE if the value in a cell is a numeric value, otherwise it will return FALSE.The syntax of the ISNUMBER function is as below:= ISNUMBER (value)… 
Excel MID function
The Excel MID function returns a substring from a text string at the position that you specify.The syntax of the MID function is as below:= MID (text, start_num, num_chars)…
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