# Excel: Extracting Words From Text in Excel

## Parse Words From a Text String in Excel

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**Extracting Words
From Text in Excel****See Also:**
Extract nth Word From Text in
Excel
Custom Function/Formula || Count Words in Excel
||
Excel Formulas for Text, Dates & Numbers

Excel has very powerful and useful Text formula/functions that we can use to
extract words from a string of words. Or, put another way, parse out specific
words from text. The example below show how we can use the Text
formula/functions to do this.

**Get Last Word From Text String.
See
Also:** Extract Last Word
VBA

**Text Sting in A2 is;**

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**Formula/Function is;**

=MID(SUBSTITUTE(A2,"
","^",LEN(A2)-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(A2," ",""))),FIND("^",SUBSTITUTE(A2,"
","^",LEN(A2)-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(A2," ",""))))+1,256)**Formula/Function result is;**

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**Get First Word From Text String**

**Text Sting in A4 is;**

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**Formula/Function is;**

=LEFT(A4,FIND(" ",A4)-1)

**Formula/Function result is;**

Our

**Get Nth Word From Text String (4th word in this case)**

**Text Sting in A6 is;**

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**Formula/Function is;**

=MID(MID(MID(SUBSTITUTE(A6," ","^",**3**),1,256),FIND("^",SUBSTITUTE(A6,"
","^",**3**)),256),2,FIND(" ",MID(MID(SUBSTITUTE(A6," ","^",**3**),1,256),FIND("^",SUBSTITUTE(A6,"
","^",**3**)),256))-2)

**Formula/Function result is;**

focus

This last one can seem a bit over-whelming. It is the **4** occurrences of
the number **3** that determines that we parse out the **4th word**. In
other words, to get the **5th word** all occurrences of the number **3**
would need to be changed to number **4**. If it was the **2nd word** we
wanted, we would change all occurrences of the number **3** to number **1**.
Please note, the above formula **cannot** be used to get the **first or last
word**. For this you can use: Extract nth Word From Text in Excel

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