This post explains that how to extract a substring before the first specific character, such as: comma or space character. How to get text before the first comma in a text string using a formula in excel.
Extract text before first comma or space
Let’s see how this formula works:
= FIND(” “,B1,1)
The FIND function returns the position of the first empty string in a text string in Cell B1, it returns 6. And the returned value goes into the LEFT function as its num_chars argument.
The LEFT function extracts a specified number of the characters from a text string in Cell B1, starting from the leftmost character.
If you want to extract a substring before the first comma in a text string in Cell B2, you just need to change the empty string to comma string in the above formula, like this:
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