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XL: How to Reverse the Order of Words in a Text String

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This article explains how to reverse the order of words in a comma-separated text string by using the FIND, LEFT, LEN, and RIGHT functions in Excel.

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Suppose that there are two words separated by a comma in cell A1. A typical example is "LastName, FirstName". The following formula reverses the order of the two words and eliminates the comma:
=RIGHT(A1,(LEN(A1)-(FIND(",",A1)+1)))&" "&LEFT(A1,(FIND(",",A1)-1))
The formula searches for a comma and takes the text that falls to the left of the comma; it then concatenates that text to the end of the text that falls to the right of the comma. If A1 contains the text string "Jones, Bill", and you type the formula in cell B1, the text string "Bill Jones" is returned.

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Article ID : 75513
Revision : 3
Created on : 9/19/2011
Published on : 9/19/2011
Exists online : False
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