Let’s discuss how to use the Excel RIGHT function to find characters from the right in Excel.
Method 1 – Using the RIGHT Function to Find a Specific Number of Characters From the Right in Excel
You can use the RIGHT function to extract a specific number of characters from the right of the string or text. You have to do the following.
 Scenario:
 Suppose we have a string in cell B5 that says “The quick brown fox”. We want to extract the last 3 characters from the right of this string (which corresponds to the word “fox”).
 Formula:
 In an adjacent cell (let’s say D5), enter the following formula:
=RIGHT(B5,3)

B5
represents the cell containing the original string.3
specifies the number of characters to extract from the right.
 Result:
 After entering the formula, cell D5 will display the extracted word “fox”.
 Repeat:
 You can apply the same approach to other texts, adjusting the number of characters as needed.
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Method 2 Extracting the Last Character of a String Using the RIGHT Function
 Scenario:
 Suppose we have a string in cell B5 that says “The quick brown fox”. We want to extract the last character from this string (which corresponds to the letter “x”).
 Formula:
 Instead of specifying the second argument (Num_chars), leave it empty. The formula for extracting only the last character will be as follows:
=RIGHT(B5)


B5
represents the cell containing the original string.

 Result:
 After entering the formula, cell D5 will display the extracted character “x”.
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Method 3 – Handling Exceeding Length with the RIGHT Function
 Scenario:
 If the second argument (Num_chars) exceeds the length of the string, the RIGHT function will return the entire text.
 Formula:
 Let’s use the same formula but enter a large number (e.g., 100) for the second argument:
=RIGHT(B5,100)
 Result:
 Upon entering the formula, cell D5 will show the entire text from cell B5.
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Method 4 – Applying the RIGHT Function to Numeric Values
 Scenario:
 When applying the RIGHT function to a numeric value, it will return the same numeric value.
 Formula:
 Use the same formula but apply it to a number:
=RIGHT(B5,100)
 Result:
 Cell D5 will display the same numeric value as in cell B5.
Method 5 – Extracting Characters from the Right of a Specific Character
 Scenario:
 Suppose we have a string in cell B5, and we want to extract text to the right of a specific character (in this case, the character “y”).
 Formula:
 In cell B5, write down the following formula:
=RIGHT(B5,LEN(B5)FIND("y",B5))


LEN(B5)
calculates the total number of characters in the string (which is 22 in this case).FIND("y", B5)
calculates the position of the character “y” in the string (which is 7). Subtracting
LEN(B5)
fromFIND("y", B5)
gives us the number of characters to the right of the character “y” (which is 15).

 Result:
 The RIGHT function will extract the 15 characters from the end (right) of the string, starting from the character “y”.
 Repeat:
 You can apply the same approach to other strings, selecting different characters each time.
Method 6 – Finding the Last Word From the Right in Excel
 Scenario:
 Suppose we have a text string in cell B5, and we want to extract the last word from it.
 Formula:
 In cell B5, write down the following formula:
=TRIM(RIGHT(SUBSTITUTE(B5," ",REPT(" ",100)),100))


 Breakdown of the formula:
SUBSTITUTE(B5, " ", REPT(" ", 100))
: This part replaces all spaces in the original string with 100 spaces. It ensures that we have enough spaces to cover any word.RIGHT(...)
: Extracts the last 100 characters from the modified string.TRIM(...)
: Removes any extra spaces from the extracted portion, leaving only the last word.
 Breakdown of the formula:

 Result:
 The formula will return the last word from the right in the original text string.
 Repeat:
 You can apply the same approach to other strings.
Read More: How to Find Text in Cell in Excel
Things to Remember
 If you don’t specify a number as the second argument for the RIGHT function, it will extract the last character of the string.
 If the second argument exceeds the total length of the string, it will return the entire string.
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Thank you for the great information, althought I’m yet to digest the marvelous concept of bruteforcing the last “word” from the string, the screen shot example for Method 6 is misplaced (shown with formulas from method 5).
Dear Xyand,
You are most welcome. Thanks for appreciation. We updated the image of Method 6.
Regards
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