When we get a list of full names, we can remove the middle name for short in some cases. As the middle names are different among the full name list so we cannot replace them by space directly in excel. This article will provide you two methods to remove the middle name. User can use Formula to remove the middle name, or can remove it by Find and Replace function.
Prepare a list of full names.
Remove the Middle Name from Full Name by Formula
Step1: Select a blank cell next to the full name, for example select B1. Enter the following formula into B1:
Step2: Click Enter and get the result.
Step3: Drag the Auto Fill handle to fill B2 and B3. Now all the middle names are removed from the list.
Remove the Middle Name from Full Name by Find and Replace Function
Step1: Click Ctrl+F to load Find and Replace window.
Step2: Under Replace tab, in Find what textbox enter ‘ * ‘ (a space + * + a space); in Replace with textbox enter ‘ ‘ (a space). Then click Replace All.
Step3: Check the result. All the middle names are removed.
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