Returns a segment of a string.

Sample Usage



MID(text, start_at, length)

  • text - The text to extract a segment form.
  • start_at  - Specifies the character at which to start the extraction
  • length  - The length of the segment to extract



MID("creative",4,2) returns the "at". 
MID(C5,3,5) returns the segment of text in cell C5 that starts at character 3 and is 5 characters long.


  • If the end of  text  is reached before  length  characters are encountered, MID returns the characters from  start_at  to the end of  text .
  • To return the contents from start_at  to the end of text , use LEN to calculate the length of the string that will be returned rather than simply specifying a large number for length .
  • To return the contents of text  beginning with a particular character or sub-string, use SEARCH to locate the index of the desired point.