To match the first value that does not begin with a specific string, you can use an array based on the MATCH and LEFT functions. In the example shown, the formula in F5 is:
{=MATCH(TRUE,IF(LEFT(code,1)<>"N...

If you want to get the workbook path (directory) only, you can do so with a formula that uses the LEFT and the FIND function. The result will look something like this:
Drive:\path\to\file\ //Windows
Drive:path:to:...

To capitalize the first letter in a word or string, you can use a formula based on the LEFT, MID, and LEN functions. In the example shown, the formula in C5 is:
=UPPER(LEFT(B5))&MID(B5,2,LEN(B5))
How this formula...

To lookup data based on multiple complex criteria, you can use the XLOOKUP function with multiple expressions based on boolean logic. In the example shown, the formula in G5 is:
=XLOOKUP(1,(LEFT(B5:B16)="x...

To convert a measurement in feet and inches to inches only (i.e. 4'5" to 53) you can use a formula based on several functions, including LEFT, FIND, MID, and SUBSTITUTE. In the example shown, the formula in D5 is:
=...

To remove the first character in a cell, you can use the REPLACE function. In the example shown, the formula in D5 is:
=REPLACE(A1,1,1,"")
How this formula works
This formula uses the REPLACE function to...

To build email addresses using first and last names, you can use a formula that concatenates values, with help from the LOWER and LEFT functions as needed.
In the example shown, the formula in D5 is:
=LOWER(LEFT(C5)...

When date information from other systems is pasted or imported to Excel, it may not be recognized as a proper date or time. Instead, Excel may interpret this information as a text or string value only.
To convert a...

To sum values in columns by matching matching column headers, you can use a formula based on the SUMPRODUCT function. In the example shown, the formula in J5 is:
=SUMPRODUCT(data*(LEFT(headers)=J4))
where "data" is...

To trim text to a certain number of words, you can use a formula based on the SUBSTITUTE, FIND, and LEFT functions. In the example shown, the formula in xxx is:
=LEFT(B5,FIND("#",SUBSTITUTE(B5,"...

If want to extract the name part of an email address, you can do so with a formula that uses the LEFT and FIND functions. In the generic form above, email represents the email address you are working with.
In the...

To allow only values that begin with certain text, you can use data validation with a custom formula based on the EXACT and LEFT functions.
In the example shown, the data validation applied to C5:C9 is:
=EXACT(LEFT(...

To convert dates in text format dd/mm/yy to a true date in mm/dd/yy format, you can use uses a formula based on the DATE function. In the example shown, the formula in C5 is:
=DATE(RIGHT(B5,2)+2000,MID(B5,4,2),LEFT(B5...

To get a real date from day number, or "nth day of year" you can use the DATE function.
In the example shown, the formula in C5 is:
=DATE(2015,1,B5)
How this formula works
The DATE function build dates from...

To remove the last n characters from a text string, you can use a formula based on the LEFT and LEN functions. You can use a formula like this to strip the last 3 characters, last 5 characters of a value, starting on...