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 count how many times a specific a word (or any substring) appears inside a range of cells, you can use a formula based on the SUBSTITUTE, LEN, and SUMPRODUCT functions. In the example shown, the formula in C11 is...

If you need extract the last name from a full name in LAST, FIRST format, you can do so with a formula that uses the LEFT and FIND functions. The formula works with names in this format, where a comma and space separate...

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 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"...

To extract lines from a multi-line cell, you can use a clever (and intimidating) formula that combines 5 Excel functions: TRIM, MID, SUBSTITUTE, REPT, and LEN.
In the example shown, the formula in D5 is:
=TRIM(MID(...

To generate basic outline numbering you can use a formula based several Excel functions, including COUNTA, IF, MID, FIND, and LEN. In the example shown, the formula in D5 is:
=COUNTA($B$5:B5)&"."&IF(...

To extract the top level domain (called "TLD") from a list of domain names or email addresses, you can use a rather complex formula that uses several functions. In the generic form of the formula (above), domain...

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...

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...

To strip html or other markup from values in cells, you can use the MID function.
In the example shown, the formula in C5 is:
=MID(B5,4,LEN(B5)-7)
How this formula works
The MID function returns characters using a...

To pad text to an equal length using another character, you can use a formula based on the REPT and LEN functions. In the example shown, a formula is used to append a variable number of asterisks (*) to values in column...

To remove a trailing slash from a URL or path, you can use a formula based on the LEFT and LEN functions. In the example shown, the formula in cell C6 is:
=LEFT(B5,LEN(B5)-(RIGHT(B5)="/"))
How this formula...

To find the longest string in a range with criteria, you can use an array formula based on INDEX, MATCH, LEN and MAX. In the example shown, the formula in F6 is:
{=INDEX(names,MATCH(MAX(LEN(names)*(class=F5)),LEN(...

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...