When you have a big dataset with text as cell values, then you may need to shorten the text in Excel. Basically, you can** truncate a text** either **from left**, from right, or even from the middle. So, if you are looking for how to **truncate text from left **in Excel, then you have come to the right place. Today, in this article, I’m going to explain how to **truncate text from left** in Excel.

Furthermore, for conducting the session, I will use **Microsoft 365 version**.

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## 5 Easy Methods to Truncate Text from Left in Excel

Here, I will demonstrate** 5** suitable methods with detailed steps on how to **truncate text **in Excel. For your better understanding, I am going to use the following dataset. Which contains **two** columns. Those are** Employee ****Name **and **Working Period**. The dataset is given below.

### 1. Use Excel LEFT Function to Abbreviate Text from Left

You can apply **the LEFT function** to **truncate text from left** in Excel. In my dataset, the **Working period **of every employee is given. At this time, suppose, I want to find out only the** joining month **of every employee. So, I need to truncate the whole **working period **into **starting month**. Now, follow the steps given below.

**Steps:**

- Firstly, you must select a new cell
**D5**where you want to keep the**truncated text**. - Secondly, you should use the formula given below in the
**D5**cell.

`=LEFT(C5,3)`

Here, in this formula, I have used only the** LEFT** function. This function will return a particular number of characters from the start of the text. Where** C5 **is that text and it will return **3** characters from the leftmost character of that text.

- After that, you must press
**ENTER**to get the result.

- Now, you can drag the
**Fill Handle**icon to**AutoFill**the corresponding data in the rest of the cells**D6:D13**.

- Lastly, you will get all the joining months of employees.

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### 2. Combine LEFT & LEN Functions to Truncate Text from Left

Here, I will use a **combination** of **LEFT** and **LEN** functions to **abbreviate **the **text from left** in Excel. So, follow the steps given below.

**Steps:**

- Firstly, you must select a new cell
**D5**where you want to keep the**truncated text**. - Secondly, you should use the formula given below in the
**D5**cell.

`=LEFT(C5, LEN(C5) - 17)`

- Thirdly, press
**ENTER**.

**Formula Breakdown**

- Here,
**LEN(C5)**will give the total number of characters of the text situated in the**C5**cell.**Output: 30**.

- Then,
**30-17**is a simple**subtraction**.**Output: 13**.

- Lastly, the
**LEFT(C5,13)**function will return a particular number of characters from the start of the text. Where**C5**is that text and it will return**13**characters from the leftmost character of that text.**Output: August, 2012**.

- Then, you can drag the
**Fill Handle**icon to**AutoFill**the corresponding data in the rest of the cells**D6:D13**. - Finally, you will get all the
**short**text.

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### 3. Employ MID Function to Truncate Text from Left in Excel

Here, you can apply **the MID function** to **truncate text from left** in Excel. Through my dataset, you can see the **Working period** of every employee. At this time, suppose, you want to find out only the **joining month** of every employee. So, you need to **shorten** the whole **working period** into the **starting month**. Now, follow the steps given below.

**Steps:**

- Firstly, you must select a new cell
**D5**where you want to keep the result. - Secondly, you should use the formula given below in the
**D5**cell.

`=MID(C5,1,3)`

Here, in this formula, I have used only the** MID** function. This function will return a particular number of characters from a defined character place in the text. Where** C5 **is that text and it will return from the **1st **character to the** 3rd **character.

- Thirdly, press
**ENTER**to get the result.

- Then, you can drag the
**Fill Handle**icon to**AutoFill**the corresponding data in the rest of the cells**D6:D13**. - As a result, you will get all the starting months of employees.

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### 4. Apply Excel Flash Fill Feature for Shortening Text from Left

In this method, I’m going to use the **Flash Fill** feature to** truncate text from left **in Excel. Actually, this is an interesting and simple way. Basically, you will **truncate** the **text** into** separate columns **by following a **Pattern**. Now, let’s see the steps given below.

**Steps:**

- Firstly, you have to write the target result manually up to which you can see
**Excel’s suggestion**. For example, I have written**“Aug”**, and**“Ma”,**and then I got the suggestion.

Actually, you have to do this to show Excel a pattern. So, when Excel understands your pattern then Excel will suggest you the output. Below, I have attached the image.

- Subsequently, press
**ENTER**to get the result. - Finally, you will get all the starting months of employees.

**Note:**This method will work only in

**Excel 365**version.

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### 5. Truncate Text from Left by Employing User-Defined Function in Excel

The most interesting part is that you can build your **own function** to** truncate text from left** in Excel. Moreover, you can employ **the VBA code** to develop a **defined **function. The steps are given below.

**Steps**:

- Firstly, you have to choose the
**Developer**tab >> then select**Visual Basic**.

- Now, from the
**Insert**tab >> you have to select**Module**.

- At this time, you need to write down the following
**Code**in the**Module**.

```
Function Truncate_Txt_frm_Left(my_Text As String, removed_num_of_string As Long)
Truncate_Txt_frm_Left = Left(my_Text, Len(my_Text) - removed_num_of_string)
End Function
```

**Code Breakdown**

- Here, I have created a
**Function**named.*Truncate_Txt_frm_Left* - Next, I have declared a variable
**my_Text**as a**String**to call the**text,**and another variable**removed_num_of_string**as**Long**to insert a**number**. - Then, using the
**Left**and**Len**functions, I developed the function named**Truncate_Txt_frm_Left**.

- Now, you have to save the
by pressing**code****CTRL+S**and the code extension will be.**.xlsm** - Then, you need to go to the
**Excel worksheet**.

At this time, you can use your **defined **function. For this, you should follow the given steps.

**Steps:**

- Now, you have to select a cell, where you want to keep the result. I have selected the
**D5**cell. - Then, type
**“=tr”**and you will find your defined function.

- At this time, use the corresponding formula in the
**D5**cell.

`=Truncate_Txt_frm_Left(C5,17)`

Here, this function will return a particular number of characters from the start of the text. Where** C5 **is that text and it will return **17** characters from the leftmost character of the text.

- Then, you must press
**ENTER**to get the result.

- Now, you have to drag the
**Fill Handle**icon to**AutoFill**the corresponding data in the rest of the cells**D6:D13**. - Finally, you will get all the truncated text.

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## Conclusion

I hope you found this article helpful. Here, I have explained **5 **suitable methods to **Truncate Text from Left **in Excel. You can visit our website **Exceldemy** to learn more Excel-related content. Please drop comments, suggestions, or queries if you have any in the comment section below.