# 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))**

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**

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)**

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()**

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

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