How to Use the MID Function in Microsoft Excel

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In Brief...

You can enable the MID function with just a few simple steps when you want to return a specific amount of characters from a string of text.

This feature works the same in all modern versions of Microsoft Excel: 2010, 2013, and 2016.

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Instructions

  1. On the Formulas tab, in the Function Library group, click the Insert Function command.
    Insert Function

  2. In the Insert Function dialog box:
    1. Search on "MID" or, in the Or select a category drop-down box, select Text.
    2. Under Select a function, select MID.
    3. Click OK.
      Insert Function Dialog Box

  3. In the Function Arguments dialog box:
    1. In the Text field, enter the text characters that you wish to return.
    2. In the Start_num field, enter the position of the first character that you wish to extract.
    3. In the Num_Chars field, enter the number of characters you want to return.
    4. Click OK.
      Function Arguments Dialog Box

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