 How to Extract Last Word in Microsoft Excel

If you are required to extract last word from a string in excel, then you can use combination of various functions. In this article, we will focus on extracting last word & last occurrence of specific character from a cell.

Question: How can I extract the last word as the data I have contains separator as “space”, “comma”, “dash” or any other thing.

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Following is the snapshot of preferred output data: We will find the same solution with different formulas.

Let us first find the solution using array.

• This formula has the combination of TRIM, RIGHT, LEN, MAX, ROW, INDIRECT & MID functions
• In cell C2, the formula is
• {=TRIM(RIGHT(A2,LEN(A2)-MAX(ROW(INDIRECT(“1:”&LEN(A2)))*(MID(A2,ROW(INDIRECT(“1:”&LEN(A2))),1)=”,”))))}
• Copy the formula to get the desired output

Note: this is an array formula; therefore, use CTRL + SHIFT + ENTER keys together. Let us see the second solution.

• This formula has the combination of TRIM, SUBSTITUTE, RIGHT &REPT functions
• In cell D2, the formula is
• =TRIM(SUBSTITUTE(RIGHT(SUBSTITUTE(A2,”,”,REPT(“,”,LEN(A2))),LEN(A2)),”,”,””))
• Copy the formula to get the desired output Let us see the third solution.

• This formula has the combination of TRIM, RIGHT, SUBSTITUTE & REPT functions
• In cell E2, the formula is
• =TRIM(RIGHT(SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(A2,”,”,” “),” “,REPT(” “,256)),256))
• Copy the formula to get the desired output Let us see the fourth solution.

• This formula has the combination of TRIM, RIGHT, SUBSTITUTE & REPT functions
• In cell F2, the formula is
• =TRIM(RIGHT(SUBSTITUTE(A2,”,”,REPT(” “,250)),250))
• Copy the formula to get the desired output Let us see the fifth solution.

• This formula has the combination of TRIM, RIGHT, LEN, FIND & SUBSTITUTE functions
• In cell G2 the formula is
• =TRIM(RIGHT(A2,LEN(A2)-FIND(“|”,SUBSTITUTE(A2,”,”,”|”,3))))
• Copy the formula to get the desired output In this way, we can use the formula we are comfortable with & get the solution.

Let us take another example in which it is required to find the last occurrence of a specific character.

Question: How can I know the position of the last occurrence of any special character say dot, comma, back slash, etc.

Following is the snapshot of the column A that has multiple “\” & the formula needed to find the position of the last occurrence of back slash (\) • To get the position of the last \, you would use this formula in cell B2:
• =FIND(“@”,SUBSTITUTE(A2,”\”,”@”,(LEN(A2)-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(A2,”\”,””)))/LEN(“\”))) Formula explanation:

• The above formula tells us the right-most “\” is at character/position 23, 15 & 9.
• We use find for “@” and substitute the very last “\” with “@”. It determines the last one by using
• (len(string)-len(substitute(string, substring, “”)))\len(substring)

In the above scenario, the substring is basically “\” which has a length of 1, so we can leave at the end and use the following formula:

• =FIND(“@”,SUBSTITUTE(A1,”\”,”@”,LEN(A1)-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(A1,”\”,””))))

Conclusion: In this way, we can extract last word & last occurrence of the specific character.

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