# Use the text function to extract characters in cells

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### Use the text function to extract characters in cells

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In this video, we'll introduce three practical functions in excel, which are the **RIGHT**, **LEFT**, and **MID functions**.

In this example, if we want to extract the first three numbers on the right, how can we realize it? **The RIGHT function** could help. It can extract characters within a cell, from the right to the left.

Here is the complete formula of the **RIGHT functio****n**. **RIGHT(text,num_chars)**

The first parameter **text** refers to the specific text to be extracted. The second parameter **num_chars** refers to the character numbers that you want to extract. When the parameter is equal to 0, the function will return empty text. When a parameter is a negative number, the result will be **#VALUE!**.

Select cell C2. Next, get into the **Formulas** tab, click the **Insert Function** button, and insert the **RIGHT function**. Enter B2 in the **Text** input box, and 3 in the **Num_chars** input box.

The **LEFT** and **RIGHT functions** are similar. The only difference is the starting position. The **RIGHT function** starts to extract characters from the right to the left, while the **LEFT function** starts the extraction from the left to the right.

If we want to extract the first three numbers from the left in cell B2, how can we realize it? Get into the **Formulas** tab, click **Insert Function**, and insert the **LEFT function**. Enter B2 in the **Text** input box, and 3 in the **Num_chars** input box.

Finally, it's an introduction on the** MID function**, which can extract the characters in the middle of the cell. In this example, what can we do to extract the four numbers 9135?

Select cell E2, and click **Insert Function** to insert the** MID function**.

The complete formula is:

**MID(text,start_num,num_chars)**

The first parameter **text** refers to the original text string. Here we enter B2 into the input box, which means we'll extract characters from cell B2. The second parameter **start_num** stands for the starting position of the extraction. Since we start to extract from the fourth character, we should enter 4 in the box. The third parameter **num_chars** means the number of characters to be extracted. Since we need to extract the four numbers 9135, which counts 4 characters in total, we should enter 4 in the box. Click **OK** to get the result.

The three practical functions can help extract characters and text content from cells. Make your work easier with WPS Spreadsheet like Microsoft Excel. Did you get it?