Often you may want to remove the first 3 characters from a string in Excel.

You can use the **RIGHT **function combined with the **LEN **function to do so:

=RIGHT(A2,LEN(A2)-3)

This particular formula removes the first 3 characters from the string in cell **A2**.

The following example shows how to use this formula in practice.

**Example: Remove First 3 Characters from String in Excel**

Suppose we have the following list of basketball team names:

Suppose we would like to remove the first three characters from each team name.

We can type the following formula into cell **B2** to do so:

=RIGHT(A2,LEN(A2)-3)

We can then click and drag this formula down to each remaining cell in column B:

Column B now displays the team names in column A with the first three characters removed from each team name.

**How This Formula Works**

The** RIGHT()** function in Excel extracts a specific number of characters from the right side of a string.

The **LEN()** function in Excel is used to find the length of a string.

Thus, our formula tells Excel to extract the amount of characters equal to the length of the string minus three characters.

Thus, our formula displays the entire string with the first three characters removed.

**Note**: Blank spaces at the start of a string count as characters. You may need to first remove blank spaces to get your desired result.

**Additional Resources**

The following tutorials explain how to perform other common tasks in Excel:

Excel: How to Remove Specific Text from Cells

Excel: A Formula for MID From Right

Excel: How to Use MID Function for Variable Length Strings