You may have a workbook which contains text but you're only trying to extract specific particular characters. For example, you may only need to extract one name out of a cell that contains the first and last name of the person. In this video tutorial, I'll show you how to manipulate text and in particular I will teach you some amazing techniques for how to eliminate the first four characters from Excel by using the following functions:
1) Excel RIGHT Function
2) Excel MID Function
3) Excel REPLACE Function
Using the Excel RIGHT Function
In this instance, I'd like to remove the first 4 characters from CV36 7BL. I want to leave the last three characters. Let's assume the postcode is in the cell A2 of Excel. Excel spreadsheet. The formula for cell B2 would be:

**=RIGHT(A2,LEN(A2)-4)**What is the formula that makes this function? Let's break this into pieces so that you can comprehend how it is working. Visit:-**http://bestfactsabout.com/****RIGHT Function**The RIGHT function is able to extract the specified number of characters from the right side of the text. For example =RIGHT("bananas",4) will produce "anas" elektricien-friesland.nl**LEN Function**The LEN function extracts the length of a string. For example =LEN("apples") is likely to yield 6 because there are six character in "apples".**RIGHT(A2,LEN(A2)**This section of the formula will yield 8. For the first argument of the RIGHT function, you need to define the text you want to use. In this instance, it's Cell A2, i.e. the postcode. In the second argument, you need to enter the characters you'd like to extract. In this instance, I'm**https://mylyn.asia/**applying the LEN function which returns the number of characters for CV36 7BL. CV36 7BL, which is 8. The space between CV36 and 7BL is considered one character. A formula =RIGHT(A2,LEN(A2) translates to =RIGHT(A2,8) which results in CV36 7BL.**RIGHT(A2,LEN(A2)-4)**I'd like to eliminate the first 4 characters so I have an extra -4 at the bottom in the formula. LEN(A2)-4 consequently returns 4 (8-4=4). If I take this a step further, the right function is =RIGHT(A2,4) which returns CV36. How do you Remove the First nth Character of a String? If you'd like to take out the first nth character in strings, simply change the -4 at beginning of your formula according to the amount of characters you'd like to eliminate. For example, if you want to remove the first 3 characters of a string then simply change the -4 to -3. so the formula becomes =RIGHT(A2,LEN(A2)-3). If you wish to eliminate the first two characters, change it to -2 , so it is =RIGHT(A2,LEN(A2)-2) and so on. Using the Excel MID Function Another method of removing the 4 initial characters from your postcode CV36 7BL is to use the Excel MID function. The postcode will be located in A2 cell and that the formula is in cell B2. The formula now reads**=MID(A2,5,LEN(A2))**What is the formula that function? I'll explain each step of the MID formula.**The MID Function**The Excel MID function extracts the middle of a text , based on the specified number of characters. For example, =MID("bananas",3,2) returns "na". The first argument is the text string, or an address in a cell you want to get from. The second argument is the initial character you wish to extract. Another argument concerns the number of characters you want to extract.**=MID(A2,5**This section of the formula says to start from the fifth character of the postcode CV36 7BL. This means it will start with the space since that is fifth along from the left.**LEN(A2)**The LEN function is returning the number of characters for CV36 7BL, the postal code. CV36 7BL, which is 8.**=MID(A2,5,LEN(A2))**If you simplify the formula the MID function is =MID(A2,5,8). It begins from the space and adds 8 characters along. Since there are only 3 characters following the space it therefore extracts 7BL. How do you Remove the First nth Character of a String? If you'd like to delete the first nth character , just add a 1 in the MID function's second argument. If, for instance, I want to erase the first 3 characters, I will enter 4 in the MID function's second argument, so it becomes**=MID(A2,4,LEN(A2))**. If I'm looking to eliminate the first 2 characters then just enter 3 for the second argument. It becomes**=MID(A2,3,LEN(A2))**. Using the Excel REPLACE Function Carrying on from the theme of removing the initial 4 characters from CV36 7BL, I'll explain how you can do this using this Excel REPLACE function. Assume that your postcode will be in the cell A2 and that the formula is in cell B2. In cell B2, the formula has changed to**=REPLACE(A2,1,4 ,"")**Let me now show you how this formula functions.**The REPLACE Function**The REPLACE function replaces the characters within a string with another group of characters. The first argument to this function will be the string or the cell that you want to replace characters in, i.e. the postcode in A2. The second argument concerns the location of the old text to begin replacing characters. The third argument is the number of characters that you would like to replace the previous text with. The fourth argument concerns the characters you'd like to replace the old text with.**REPLACE(A2,1,4,"")**First argument refers to the postal code that is in cell A2. It is followed by the start number. I want to start from the beginning so I enter 1. The next argument is 4. because I'm trying to replace the initial 4 characters with new ones. The final issue is 2 quotation marks which represent empty strings. I would like to replace the initial 4 characters with empty strings. I'm left with the last 3 characters. How do you Remove the First nth Character of a String? To remove the first character, just replace the 3rd argument with the number of characters you wish to get rid of. If, for example, you want to remove the first 3 characters , just change the third argument to 3 so it becomes**=REPLACE(A2,1,3 ,"")**. I hope you've enjoyed this guide on how you can remove the first 4 characters in Excel. If you have any concerns or know of other methods to manipulate text in Excel then please write a note on my blog: