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How can I change the first letter in a string of data like shown below - so that it is lower case in each string. The data is already in excel- each example shown below would need a lower case B (b) - and are presented in the same column, different rows. Nothing else should changed just B to b - I need to do this on many sheets, so I need a formula. The data is different on each sheet, but the same issue. Thank you.
BJHS3134
BJHS3170
BJHS2819
BJHS3295
BJHS3822
BJHS3258
BJHS3365
BJHS3417
BJHS3226
BJHS4315

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Excelchat Expert
14/09/2018 - 06:40

Hi, Welcome to Excel Chat.

Excelchat Expert
14/09/2018 - 06:41

You want to know the formula to convert first letter to small letter and rest as it is?

User
14/09/2018 - 06:41

YEs but it needs to allow me to do it on an entire column with many rows.

Excelchat Expert
14/09/2018 - 06:41

Ok. Thanks for confirming. I am showing an example in the preview.

Excelchat Expert
14/09/2018 - 06:42

Please review in the preview.

User
14/09/2018 - 06:42

i see it but it's just one row

User
14/09/2018 - 06:42

not the same number in each row

User
14/09/2018 - 06:42

i don't see any formula displaying

Excelchat Expert
14/09/2018 - 06:42

I am working on it.

User
14/09/2018 - 06:42

ok thought you wanted me to comment on the preview

Excelchat Expert
14/09/2018 - 06:43

Ok. Please copy the info in column A meanwhile. I am working on the formula in B1 cell.

User
14/09/2018 - 06:43

I'm not sure what you mean.

User
14/09/2018 - 06:43

On my worksheets the data is already in a column.

Excelchat Expert
14/09/2018 - 06:44

Please copy paste the data in the preview to check. Copy the column containing the codes.

User
14/09/2018 - 06:44

Copy from where to where, I'm sorry I don't understand what you are asking

Excelchat Expert
14/09/2018 - 06:45

Ok No Problem. I have written formula in B1 cell.

Excelchat Expert
14/09/2018 - 06:46

It converts first letter to small letter and keep the remaining same.

User
14/09/2018 - 06:46

Can you please explain the formula since I need to apply it.

Excelchat Expert
14/09/2018 - 06:46

Please apply the correct reference in the formula.

Excelchat Expert
14/09/2018 - 06:46

A1 is the cell that is considered as input.

Excelchat Expert
14/09/2018 - 06:47

=LOWER(left(A1,1))&mid(A1,2,len(A1))

Excelchat Expert
14/09/2018 - 06:47

So, please apply relevant reference in the formula based on your sheet.

User
14/09/2018 - 06:47

What is mid and the other data referring to in the formula

Excelchat Expert
14/09/2018 - 06:47

Once a cell is completed. Copy the cell and drag downwards.

Excelchat Expert
14/09/2018 - 06:48

Mid is used for string manipulation.

Excelchat Expert
14/09/2018 - 06:48

I am extracting the string from position 2 to till the last character.

Excelchat Expert
14/09/2018 - 06:48

Lower is used to convert to small case.

Excelchat Expert
14/09/2018 - 06:48

Left is used to get the first character of the string.

User
14/09/2018 - 06:49

What is the rest referring to please

User
14/09/2018 - 06:49

Am I able to save this session with the notes and screens?

Excelchat Expert
14/09/2018 - 06:49

=mId(string,first position, length of the string)

Excelchat Expert
14/09/2018 - 06:50

Left(String, number of characters)

Excelchat Expert
14/09/2018 - 06:50

Lower(string): Converts to lower case of the string inside.

Excelchat Expert
14/09/2018 - 06:50

Left(A1,1): Extracts first character from A1 string.

Excelchat Expert
14/09/2018 - 06:51

LOWER(left(A1,1)):After extracting first character, it converts to lower case.

Excelchat Expert
14/09/2018 - 06:51

"&" is used to join the string.

User
14/09/2018 - 06:51

am i able to save this chat

Excelchat Expert
14/09/2018 - 06:51

So, i am splitting the string first and then joining it.

Excelchat Expert
14/09/2018 - 06:51

It will be saved for your future reference.

Excelchat Expert
14/09/2018 - 06:52

You can visit anytime and refer the explanation.

User
14/09/2018 - 06:53

it doesn't seem to be working when I apply it.

Excelchat Expert
14/09/2018 - 06:53

What is the reference cell? Is it A1?

Excelchat Expert
14/09/2018 - 06:54

Please change the reference cell in the formula based on your cell position.

User
14/09/2018 - 06:55

seems to be ok now thank you

Excelchat Expert
14/09/2018 - 06:55

Great to hear.

Excelchat Expert
14/09/2018 - 06:55

Please visit Got It Pro for new queries. Have a great day ahead.

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