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How to Use Excel TEXTBEFORE Function?

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Excel TEXTBEFORE Function: We all know that Excel has many built-in functions and formulas for performing various mathematical operations. On that note, if you want to extract the text before the given delimiter from the cell, then we suggest you use the Excel TEXTBEFORE function in the spreadsheet.

Here we come up with the steps to use the Excel TEXTBEFORE function in the worksheet with its basic syntax, explanation, and examples. Get an official version of MS Excel from the following link:

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Excel TEXTBEFORE Function

Definition of TEXTBEFORE Function

  • It is one of the built-in functions in Microsoft Excel.
  • The TEXTBEFORE function can extract the text that is given before the delimiter in the input range.
  • If multiple delimiters appear in the text, TEXTBEFORE can return text after the nth occurrence of a delimiter.


  • Here, you will see the syntax of the TEXTBEFORE function.
  • To apply this function on your spreadsheet, you must select a cell and enter the formula in the following format.
  • Once you enter the formula, click on the Enter button to get the result.

=TEXTBEFORE (text, delimiter, [instance_num], [match_mode], [match_end], [if_not_found])

Syntax Explanation:

  • text – The text string to extract from.
  • delimiter – The character(s) that delimit the text.
  • instance_num – It is an optional one. The instance of the delimiter in text. The default is 1.
  • match_mode – This is an optional one. Case-sensitivity. 0 = enabled, 1 = disabled. The default is 0.
  • match_end – Treat the end of the text as the delimiter. 0 = disabled, 1 = enabled. The default is 0. It is an optional one.
  • if_not_found – It is an optional one. Value to return when no match is found. #N/A is the default.


Let’s look at some practical examples of the TEXTBEFORE Function and explore how to use it in Microsoft Excel.

  • Initially, you have to open your Excel workbook on your PC and launch the worksheet with data.
  • For instance, we have given the students’ names and their exam scores separated by a comma. We will extract the data before the comma using the TEXTBEFORE function.
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Input Range
  • Then, you have to enter the formula in the cell as shown below to get the result.
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Type the formula
  • After entering the formula, you need to click the Enter button to get the output.
  • Once you get the result of the first cell, then you can drag down that cell to fill the remaining cells.


This post helped you to know how to use the Excel TEXTBEFORE function in the worksheet with a few examples. Drop your feedback in the below comment section. To learn more about Excel functions, then visit our webpage

Video Tutorial

The following video will show you how to apply the TEXTBEFORE function in your Excel worksheet.

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