Often you may want to remove the last 4 characters from a string in Excel.
You can use the LEFT function combined with the LEN function to do so:
This particular formula removes the last 4 characters from the string in cell A2.
The following example shows how to use this formula in practice.
Example: Remove Last 4 Characters from String in Excel
Suppose we have the following list of basketball team names:
Suppose we would like to remove the last 4 characters from each team name.
We can type the following formula into cell B2 to do so:
We can then click and drag this formula down to each remaining cell in column B:
Column B now displays the team names in column A with the last 4 characters removed from each team name.
How This Formula Works
Recall the formula that we used to remove the last 4 characters from the string in cell A2:
The LEN() function in Excel is used to find the length of a string.
Thus, our formula tells Excel to extract the amount of characters equal to the length of the string minus 4 characters starting from the left side of the string.
Thus, our formula displays the entire string with the last 4 characters removed.
Note: Blank spaces in a string count as characters. You may need to first remove blank spaces to get your desired result.
The following tutorials explain how to perform other common operations in Excel: