Jan 09


Today I had a list of full names (eg “Ed Smith”) in a Numbers spreadsheet. I wanted to separate  it into first and last name to be able to sort if alphabetically. It was harder than it should be – in my opinion Apple should have a firstname and lastname function!  But they don’t. So here’s how to get first name and last name.

After you’ve done this if you want to delete the original full names you’ll need to ‘copy’ then ‘paste values’ over the formula.

The Original full name is in the cell ‘B2’


=LEFT(B2,(SEARCH(" ",B2)-1))


=MID(B2,(SEARCH(" ",B2)+1),20)



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6 Responses to “How to separate first names and last names in Apple Numbers App”

  1. numbers user KW says:

    where do you type this code?

    you have listed
    First name:
    =LEFT(B2,(SEARCH(” “,B2)-1))
    last name:
    =MID(B2,(SEARCH(” “,B2)+1),20)

  2. Anne says:

    Awesome – you’re a lifesaver! Thank you.


  3. Vicki says:

    Thank you! Save me a lot of work and didn’t have to go to Excel!!!

  4. Adam says:

    This worked perfectly. Thank you!

  5. Neil Asher says:

    Perfect thank you!

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