There were many times when those 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 on how to handle initials within Excel. All of them are combined in this article.

## Getting initials from a name

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

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

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

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

More advanced one. Use this one when the first name, middle name, and surname are always 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 gives you three initial letters. It will not work when there is no middle name provided.

## Getting initials from a 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 complicated but works every time.

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

Use the 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 off middle names.

## 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 easily.