How to Use MID in Google Sheets in 2020?

MIDReturns a segment of a string.

Sample Usage

MID(“get this”,5,4)



MID(string, starting_at, extract_length)

string – The string to extract a segment from.

starting_at – The index from the left of string from which to begin extracting. The first character in string has the index 1.

extract_length – The length of the segment to extract.

If the end of string is reached before extract_length characters are encountered, MID returns the characters from starting_at to the end of string.


To return the contents from starting_at to the end of string, use LEN to calculate the length of the string that will be returned rather than simply specifying a large number for extract_length.

To return the contents of string beginning with a particular character or sub-string, use SEARCH to locate the index of the desired point.

See Also

SUBSTITUTE: Replaces existing text with new text in a string.

SPLIT: Divides text around a specified character or string, and puts each fragment into a separate cell in the row.

SEARCH: Returns the position at which a string is first found within text, ignoring case.

RIGHT: Returns a substring from the end of a specified string.

LEFT: Returns a substring from the beginning of a specified string.

LEN: Returns the length of a string.