Extract the First Word from a Cell in Excel - User Defined Delimiter Text Extraction - UDF

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This free Excel UDF (user defined function) returns the first word from a cell in Excel. This extracts the first word from a sentence or just a string of words or characters. This is a really easy to use function and very helpful when working with text manipulation in Excel. There are two arguments, text and separator. The separator argument is optional - only fill that one out like the second example below if your words or characters are separated by something other than a space. The first argument is just a reference to the cell that contains the text from which you want the first word.

This user defined function will save you a lot of time when working with text extraction and manipulation in Excel.

Where to install the macro:  Module

UDF to Extract the First Word from a Cell in Excel - User Defined Delimiter Text Extraction

Function GETFIRSTWORD(Text As String, Optional Separator As Variant)

Dim firstword As String

If IsMissing(Separator) Then
Separator = " "
End If

firstword = Left(Text, InStr(1, Text, Separator, vbTextCompare))

GETFIRSTWORD = Replace(firstword, Separator, "")

End Function










How to Install the Macro
  1. Select and copy the text from within the grey box above.

  2. Open the Microsoft Excel file in which you would like the Macro to function.

  3. Press "Alt + F11" - This will open the Visual Basic Editor - Works for all Excel Versions.  Or For other ways to get there, Click Here.

  4. On the new window that opens up, go to the left side where the vertical pane is located. Locate your Excel file; it will be called VBAProject (YOUR FILE'S NAME HERE) and click this.

  5. If the Macro goes in a Module, Click Here, otherwise continue to Step 8.

  6. If the Macro goes in the Workbook or ThisWorkbook, Click Here, otherwise continue to Step 8.

  7. If the Macro goes in the Worksheet Code, Click Here, otherwise continue to Step 8.

  8. Close the Microsoft Visual Basic Editor window and save the Excel file. When you close the Visual Basic Editor window, the regular Excel window will not close.

  9. You are now ready to run the macro.


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