There are many times when initials made me crazy. In this article you can teach yourself how to handle initials with Excel. A few tricks for you here.

A few tricks for you how to handle initials within Excel. All of them combined in this article.

### Getting initials from a name

Let's start from the easiest one. When only two-lettered initials needed just use:

**=LEFT($A1)&MID($A1,FIND(" ",$A1)+1,1)**

This formula will extract you initials of first name and surname. Two letters only.

### Getting initials from a first name, middle name and surname

More advanced one. Use this one when always first name, middle name and surname provided. Below one will help you:

**=LEFT($A1)&MID($A1,FIND(" ",$A1)+1,1)&MID(RIGHT($A1,LEN($A1)-FIND(" ",$A1,1)),FIND(" ",RIGHT(,LEN($A1)-FIND(" ",$A1,1)))+1,1) **

This formula give you three initial letters. It will not work when no middle name provided.

### Getting initials from full name

This is a complex formula which you can use to extract initials no matter what exactly you have in your data.

**=IF(LEN($A1)-LEN(SUBSTITUTE($A1," ",""))=0,LEFT($A1,1),IF(LEN($A1)-LEN(SUBSTITUTE($A1," ",""))=1,LEFT($A1,1)&MID($A1,FIND(" ",$A1)+1,1),LEFT($A1,1)&MID($A1,FIND(" ",$A1)+1,1)&MID($A1,FIND(" ",$A1,FIND(" ",$A1)+1)+1,1))) **

This formula is compliacated but works every time.

### Getting first name and surname (without middle name)

Use below formula when you don't care about middle names.

**=LEFT($A1,SEARCH(" ",$A1))&RIGHT($A1,LEN($A1)-SEARCH(" ",$A1,SEARCH(" ",$A1)+1)) **

This formula simplifies your data and cuts middle names off.

### Changing order of first name, middle name and surname

Thanks to this formula you can change the order. In my example you will get: surname coma space first name initial of middle name

**=RIGHT($A1,LEN(G2)-FIND(".",$A1)-1)&", "&LEFT($A1,FIND(".",$A1)) **

I hope this article makes your life easier. Thanks to it you will handle names and initials easier.