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have list of names and want to switch names around by putting the first initial last

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    Question have list of names and want to switch names around by putting the first initial last

    I have cells with names in them which are formatted firstinitial. lastname
    Some of the cells have multiple names in them, such as A. Minchinton, I. Kirby, J. Chan
    I would want this to look like Chan, J., Kirby, I., Minchinton, A. - all in one cell.
    The most names I have in one cell like this is 5.
    Is there a formula to make this format in the way I want?

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    Re: have list of names and want to switch names around by putting the first initial last

    If you don't mind some manual tasks, try:

    Assume your names in column A
    1. Split column A to 5 columns delimit by comma (use Text-to-Columns function in the Data menu), and you'll have A. Minchinton in A1, I. Kirby in B1 and J. Chan in C1

    2. Use this formula in F1 and copy till J1
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    3. Use this formula in K1 and you shall see Chan, J., Kirby, I., Minchinton, A.
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