# How to Extract Text between Parentheses

This post explains that how to **extract text between the parentheses** using the formula in excel.

## Extract text between parentheses

If you want to extract text between parentheses in a cell, then you can use the search function within the MID function to create a new excel formula.

For example, to extract data between parentheses in cell B1, you can write down the following formula using the MID function and the SEARCH function:

**=MID(B1, SEARCH(“(“, B1)+1, SEARCH(“)”,B1) – SEARCH(“(“,B1)-1)**

Let’s see how this formula works:

**=MID()**

The MID function used to extract a specific number of characters from a text string at a specific position. And this position value will be returned by the SEARCH function.

**=SEARCH(“(“, B1)+1**

This search formula returns the position of the first left parentheses character in a text string in Cell B1, and then add 1, it will be the starting position that you want to extract text. It goes into the MID function as its start_num argument.

**=SEARCH(“)”,B1)**

This formula returns the position of the first right parentheses character in a text string in Cell B1.

**=SEARCH(“)”,B1) – SEARCH(“(“,B1)-1**

This formula returns the length of the text between parentheses. And the returned value will go into the MID function as its num_chars argument.

**=MID(B1, SEARCH(“(“, B1)+1, SEARCH(“)”,B1) – SEARCH(“(“,B1)-1)**

So far, we got the both start_num value and num_chars value, then the text between parentheses will be extracted by the MID function, see below screenshot:

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