35. Excel Tips - Get Initials from a Name

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Suppose you have a list of Names, and you only want the initials of the people.

There's an easy way to do this in Excel

Here's our data:

The formula we use is:
=LEFT(B3)&MID(B3,FIND(" ",B3)+1,1)

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Very nice. And for 3 initials?

This is the tidiest solution I've seen to this problem. How easily can it be extended to three initials?

E.g., Hans Christian Anderson --> HCA

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=LEFT(B3)&MID(B3,FIND(" ",B3)+1,1)&MID(RIGHT(B3,LEN(B3)-FIND(" ",B3,1)),FIND(" ",RIGHT(B3,LEN(B3)-FIND(" ",B3,1)))+1,1)