If you need to count how many times a specific a word (or any substring) appears inside a cell, you can use a formula that uses SUBSTITUTE and LEN. In the generic form of the formula above, a1 represents a cell that...

If you need to get the middle name from a full name, and you already have the first and last names in separate cells, you can use a formula that extracts the middle name using the MID and LEN functions, with help from...

If you want to highlight cells that are blank or empty with conditional formatting, you can do so with a simple formula based on the ISBLANK function. For example, if you want to highlight blank cells in the range B4:...

If you want to count the total words in a cell, you can do so with a formula that uses the LEN and SUBSTITUTE functions. In the generic form above, a1 represents the address of the cell containing words being counted...

If you need to get the nth word in a text string (i.e. a sentence, phrase, or paragraph) you can so with a clever (and intimidating) formula that combines 5 Excel functions: TRIM, MID, SUBSTITUTE, REPT, and LEN.
How...

To remove the protocol (i.e. http://, ftp://, etc.) and trailing slash from a URL, you can use a formual based on the MID, FIND, and LEN functions. In the example shown, the formula in C5 is:
=MID(B5,FIND("//...

To strip characters from the left, you can use a formula based on the RIGHT and LEN functions.
In the example shown, the formula in C5 is:
=RIGHT(B5,LEN(B5)-C5)
How this formula works
It may seem counterintuitive...

If you need to count specific characters in a range of cells, you can do so with a formula that uses LEN and SUBSTITUTE, along with the SUMPRODUCT function. In the generic form of the formula (above), rng represents a...

To count cells that contain more than a certain number of characters you can use a formula based on the SUMPRODUCT, LEN, and N functions. In the example shown, the formula in C2 is:
=SUMPRODUCT(N(LEN(B5:B11)>100...

Note: Excel contains many built-in rules for highlighting values with conditional formatting, including a rule to highlight cells that end with specific text. However, if you want more flexibility, you can use your own...

If you need extract the last name from a full name, you can do so with this rather complex formula that uses several functions. In the generic form of the formula (above), name is a full name, with a space separating...

To count how many times a specific character appears in a cell, you can use a formula based on the SUBSTITUTE and LEN functions. In the generic form of the formula above, A1 represents the cell address, and "a"...

If want to extract the domain from an email address, you can do so with a formula that uses the RIGHT, LEN, and FIND functions. In the generic form above, email represents the email address you are working with.
In the...

If you want to count the total characters in a range of cells, you can do with a formula that uses LEN, along with the SUMPRODUCT function. In the generic form of the formula above, rng represents a range of cells that...

To extract words that begin with a specific character, you can use a formula based on six functions: TRIM, LEFT, SUBSTITUTE, MID, LEN, and REPT. This approach is useful if you need to extract things like a Twitter user...