How to extract word that containing a specific character

This post will guide you how to extract word that containing a specific character using formula in excel. How to get a word that contains a specific character (such as: @, comma, hash, etc.) in a text string in one cell.

Extract word that containing a specific character

If you want to extract word that contains a hash character in a text string in Cell B1, you can use a combination of the TRIM function, the MID function, the SUBSTITUTE function, the REPT function, the FIND function to create an excel formula as follows:

=TRIM(MID(SUBSTITUTE(B1," ",REPT(" ",255)),FIND("#",SUBSTITUTE(B1," ",REPT(" ",255)))-100,255))

Let’s see how this formula works:

= SUBSTITUTE(B1,” “,REPT(” “,255))

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The REPT function will return a new text string that contains 255 empty spaces.  And it goes into the SUBSTITUTE function as its new_text argument.  Then the SUBSTITUTE function will replace all empty string with new text value returned by the REPT function.

 

= FIND(“#”,SUBSTITUTE(B1,” “,REPT(” “,255)))-100

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This formula will locate the position of the first hash character (#) in a text string that returned by the SUBSTITUTE function.

 

= MID(SUBSTITUTE(B1,” “,REPT(” “,255)),FIND(“#”,SUBSTITUTE(B1,” “,REPT(” “,255)))-100,255)

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This MID function will extract 255 characters from a text string (returned by the SUBSTITUTE function) at a specific position that returned by the FIND function. Then the word that contain hash character will be returned.

 

=TRIM()

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The TRIM function removes all spaces from text string returned by the MID function, just leave one space between words.


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