How to extract the first word in a cell in Excel

Looking to parse out or extract the first word from a string of words in Excel? The example below show two formula or functions that we can use to do this.

For example, you have the following the text in a cell “A1”:

An MBA from Harvard Business School is priceless

To extract the first word “My”, use one of the following formula:

=LEFT(A1,FIND(" ",A1)-1)


=IF(ISERR(FIND(" ",A1)),A1,LEFT(A1,FIND(" ",A1)-1))

The result:


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