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Excel MID Function |

**Explanation**

The

**MID function**extracts a portion of text, starting in the middle of text.

**Syntax**

The syntax for MID function is as follows:

= MID( text , starting number , number of characters to extract)

**Simple Uses of MID Function**

1. To extract the first five characters from name.

**Follow the steps shown in the image below.**
2. To extract five characters from name, starting from the third character.

**Follow the steps shown in the image below.**

**Practical Uses of MID Function**

1. Extract First Name

Suppose a person's full name is entered in cell A2. Enter the following formula in cell B2

**Logic :**

*We need to extract characters till last character before space.*

=MID (A2,1,FIND(" ",A2)-1)

**1 =>**Start from first character

**The FIND Function**finds the position of a portion of text in a text.

In this case, it finds the position of a space in the name.

2. Extract Last Name

Suppose a person's full name is entered in cell A2. Enter the following formula in cell B2

**Logic :**

*We need to extract characters starting from first character after space.*

=MID (A2,FIND(" ",A2)+1,25)

**The FIND Function**finds the position of a space in the name.

**25 :**I assumed maximum number of characters in a last name would be 25.

3. Convert a Text Value into Date

=DATE(LEFT(A2,4),MID(A2,5,2),RIGHT(A2,2))

**The DATE Function**returns the sequential serial number that represents a particular date.

DATE(year,month,day)

MID(A2,5,2) => 12

RIGHT(A2,2) => 09

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