TEXTBEFORE

TEXTBEFORE(input_text, delimiter [,instance_num] [,ignore_case])

Returns the characters from the start of a text string before a delimiter.

textThe text you are searching within.
delimiterThe text that marks the point after which you want to extract.
instance_num(Optional) The nth instance of input_text that you want to extract.
match_mode(Optional) A logical value indicating whether to ignore the case:
1 = Not Case Sensitive (default)
0 = Case Sensitive
match_end(Optional) Treats the end of the text as the delimiter:
0 = Do not use the end as a delimiter (default)
1 = Use the end as a delimiter
if_not_found(Optional) The value to return when no match is found.

REMARKS
* This function was added in Microsoft 365.
* This function is not case sensitive by default but this can be changed using the "match_mode" argument.
* This function does not support wildcards (? and *).
* If "instance_num" is left blank, then 1 is used.
* If "instance_num" < 1, then searching starts at the end of the string.
* If "instance_num" = 0, then #VALUE! is returned.
* If "instance_num" > the number of occurrences of the delimiter, then #N/A is returned.
* If "instance_num" > the length of the text, then #VALUE! is returned.
* If "match_mode" is left blank, then 1 is used.
* If "if_not_found" is left blank, then #N/A is used.
* You can use the FIND function to return the starting position of a substring. This is case sensitive.
* You can use the SEARCH function to return the starting position of a substring. This is not case sensitive.
* You can use the TEXT function to return the number as a formatted text string.
* You can use the TEXTAFTER function to return the characters from the end of a text string after a delimiter.
* You can use the TEXTJOIN function to return the text string that is a concatenation of several strings (with delimiter).
* You can use the TEXTSPLIT function to return the text string split into multiple columns using delimiters.
* This function was released in March 2022.
* For the Microsoft documentation refer to support.microsoft.com

 A
1=TEXTBEFORE("better solutions"," ") = better
2=TEXTBEFORE("better solutions","t") = be
3=TEXTBEFORE("better solutions","t",1) = be
4=TEXTBEFORE("better solutions","t",2) = bet
5=TEXTBEFORE("better solutions","t",3) = better solu
6=TEXTBEFORE("better solutions","T",3,1) = better solu
7=TEXTBEFORE("better solutions","T",3) = #N/A
8=TEXTBEFORE("better solutions","T",3,0) = #N/A
9=TEXTBEFORE("better solutions"," ",0) = #VALUE!

1 - What is the text before the first space.
2 - What is the text before the first "t".
3 - What is the text before the first "t".
4 - What is the text before the second "t".
5 - What is the text before the third "t".
6 - What is the text before the third "T". Not case sensitive.
7 - What is the text before the third "T". Not case sensitive.
8 - What is the text before the third "T". Case sensitive.
9 - What happens when the "instance_num" is zero.

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