# How to remove first and last characters from text string

This post will guide you how to remove the first character from a text string using excel formula. How to remove the last character from string in Excel. How to remove the first x number of characters from a text string. How to delete the last x number of characters from string.

## 1. Remove First Character

If you want to remove the first character from the beginning of the text string, you can use a combination of the RIGHT function and the LEN function to create an excel formula.

You can use the RIGHT function to extract the rightmost characters and the length of the character that you want to extract can get by the LEN function, the number is then subtracted 1 to get the length of the characters that you want to extract. Assuming that you want to remove the first character from the text string in Cell B1, then you can write down the following formula:

``=RIGHT(B1,LEN(B1)-1)``

This formula will extract the right-most characters from the text in Cell B1 and the length of the characters that you need to extract is returned by the LEN(B1)-1 formula, so it will remove the first character from the text.

## 2. Remove First Two Character

If you want to remove the first two characters, then you just need to use the number 2 instead of 1 for the above formula. So you can use the following formula:

``=RIGHT(B1,LEN(B1)-2)``

## 3. Remove Last character

If you want to remove the last character from the text string in Cell B1, you can use the LEN function to combine with the LEFT function to create an excel formula.

You can use the LEFT function to extract the left-most number of characters, and the length of the characters that you want to extract is returned by the formula LEN(B1)-1. It is also the length of the characters after the last character is removed. So you can write down the below formula:

``=LEFT(B1,LEN(B1)-1)``

This formula will extract the left-most number of characters, the LEN function returns the length of the original text and then is subtracted to 1 to get the length of the characters that you want to extract.  Then it will remove the last character from the text.

## 4. Remove Last two Characters

If you want to remove the last two characters from the text in Cell B1, you can use the following formula:

``=LEFT(B1,LEN(B1)-2)``

## 5. Video: remove first and last characters

This Excel video tutorial, we’ll explore four distinct methods to remove characters from your text strings, removing the first character, the first two characters, the last character, or the last two characters.

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### Related Functions

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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 build-in 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)…
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The Excel LEN function returns the length of a text string (the number of characters in a text string).The syntax of the LEN function is as below:= LEN(text)…