Excel Find Last Occurrence of Character in String (6 Methods)

In this article, we’re going to find the last occurrence of a character in a string in Excel. Our sample dataset has three columns: Company Name, Employee Code, and Last Occurrence. Employee Code contains the name, age, and the department of an employee.

For the first 4 methods, we’ll find the position of the forward-slash “/” in for all the values in Employee Code. After that, we’re going to output strings after the last slash in the last 2 methods.

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6 Ways in Excel to Find Last Occurrence of Character in String

1. Using FIND & SUBSTITUTE Functions in Excel to Find Position of Last Occurrence of Character in String

For the first method, we’re going to use the FIND function, the SUBSTITUTE function, the CHAR function, and the LEN function to find the last position of the slash in our string.

Steps:

  • Firstly, type the following formula in cell D5.
=FIND(CHAR(134),SUBSTITUTE(C5,"/",CHAR(134),(LEN(C5)-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(C5,"/","")))/LEN("/")))

Excel Find Last Occurrence of Character in String

Formula Breakdown

Our main function is FIND. We’re going to find the CHAR(134) value in our string.

  • CHAR(134)
    • Output:.
    • We need to set a character that is not present in our strings. We’ve chosen it because it is rare in strings. If somehow you have this in your strings, change it to anything that is not in your strings (for example “@”, “~”, etc.).
  • SUBSTITUTE(C5,”/”,CHAR(134),(LEN(C5)-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(C5,”/”,””)))/LEN(“/”)) -> becomes,
  • SUBSTITUTE(C5,”/”,”†”,(17-LEN(“Mike32Marketing”))/1) -> becomes,
  • SUBSTITUTE(“Mike/32/Marketing”,”/”,”†”,(17-15)/1)
    • Output: “Mike/32†Marketing”.
  • Now our full formula becomes,
  • =FIND(“†”,”Mike/32†Marketing”)
    • Output: 8.
  • Secondly, press ENTER.

We’ll see the value 8. If we count manually from the left side, we will get 8 as the position for the slash in cell C5.

Thus, we’ve got the position of the last occurrence of a character in our string.

Excel Find Last Occurrence of Character in String

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2. Applying MATCH & SEQUENCE Functions in Excel to Find Position of Last Occurrence of Character in String

For the second method, we’re going to use the MATCH function, the SEQUENCE function, the MID function, and the LEN function to find the position of the last occurrence of a character in the string. Remember the SEQUENCE function is only available on Excel 365 or Excel 2021.

Steps:

  • Firstly, type the following formula in cell D5.
=MATCH(2,1/(MID(C5,SEQUENCE(LEN(C5)),1)="/"))

Formula Breakdown

  • SEQUENCE(LEN(C5))
    • Output: {1;2;3;4;5;6;7;8;9;10;11;12;13;14;15;16;17}.
    • The LEN function is measuring the length of cell C5. The SEQUENCE function returns a list of numbers sequentially in an array.
  • MATCH(2,1/(MID(C5,{1;2;3;4;5;6;7;8;9;10;11;12;13;14;15;16;17},1)=”/”))
    • Output: 8.
    • The Match function is finding the last 1 value in our formula. It is in the 8th position.

Excel Find Last Occurrence of Character in String

  • Secondly, press ENTER.

Using the formula, we’ve found the position of forward-slash as 8 in our string.

In conclusion, we’ve applied another formula to find the last position of a character in the strings.

Excel Find Last Occurrence of Character in String

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3. Utilizing an Array Formula in Excel to Find Position of Last Occurrence of Character in String

We’re going to use the ROW function, the INDEX function, the MATCH, the MID, and the LEN functions to create an array formula to find the position of the last occurrence of a character in a string.

Steps:

  • Firstly, type the formula from below to cell D5.
=MATCH(2,1/(MID(C5,ROW($C$1:INDEX(C:C,LEN(C5))),1)="/"))

Formula Breakdown 

The formula is similar to method 2. We’re using the ROW and the INDEX function to replicate the output as the SEQUENCE function.

  • ROW($C$1:INDEX(C:C,LEN(C5)))
    • Output: {1;2;3;4;5;6;7;8;9;10;11;12;13;14;15;16;17}.
    • We can see the output is the same. The INDEX function returns the value of a range. The LEN function is counting the length of the string from cell C5. Finally, the ROW function is returning the cell values from 1 to cell length of C5. The rest of the formula is the same as method 2.

Excel Find Last Occurrence of Character in String

  • Secondly, press ENTER.

We’ve got 8 as the value as expected. Our formula worked flawlessly.

Note: We’re using the Excel 365 version. If you’re using an older version then you will need to press CTRL + SHIFT + ENTER.

  • Finally, double-click or drag down the Fill Handle.

This is what the final step should look like.

Excel Find Last Occurrence of Character in String

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4. User Defined Function to Find Position of Last Occurrence of Character in String

In this method, we will use a custom VBA formula to find the last position of a character in a string. Without further ado, let’s jump into the action.

Steps:

  • Firstly, press ALT + F11 to bring up the VBA window.

You can choose Visual Basic from the Developer tab to do so too.

  • Secondly, From Insert >>> select Module.

Excel Find Last Occurrence of Character in String

  • Thirdly, copy and paste the following code.
Function LOccurence(x1 As String, x2 As String)
LOccurence = InStrRev(x1, x2)
End Function

We’ve created a custom function called “LOccurence”. The InStrRev is a VBA function that returns the end position of a character. We’ll input our cell value as x1 and the specific character (in our case, it is a forward-slash) as x2 in this custom function.

  • After that, close the VBA window and go to the “Position VBAsheet.
  • Type the following formula in cell D5.
=LOccurence(C5,"/")

In this custom function, we’re telling it to find the position of the last occurrence of forward-slash in the string from cell C5.

Excel Find Last Occurrence of Character in String

  • Then, press ENTER.

We’ve got 8 as expected as the last occurred position of the forward-slash.

  • Finally, we can drag the formula down using the Fill Handle.

Thus, we’ve applied yet another formula for finding the position of the last occurrence of a character.

Excel Find Last Occurrence of Character in String

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5. Using Combined Functions in Excel to Find Last Occurrence of Character in String

Up to this, we’ve seen how to find the last occurred position of a character. Now we’re going to use the SEARCH function, the RIGHT function, the SUBSTITUTE, the LEN, the CHAR functions to show the string after the last occurrence of a character. In simpler terms, we will output the department of the employees from the Employee Code column.

Steps:

  • Firstly, type the following formula in cell D5.
=RIGHT(C5,LEN(C5)-SEARCH(CHAR(134),SUBSTITUTE(C5,"/",CHAR(134),LEN(C5)-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(C5,"/","")))))

Formula Breakdown

  • SUBSTITUTE(C5,”/”,CHAR(134),LEN(C5)-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(C5,”/”,””))) -> becomes,
  • SUBSTITUTE(C5,”/”,CHAR(134),2)
    • Output: “Mike/32†Marketing”.
    • The SUBSTITUTE function replaces a value with another value. In our case, it is replacing each forward-slash with a in the first portion and with blank in the latter portion. Then the LEN function measures the length of that. That is how we have got our value.
  • SEARCH(“†”,”Mike/32†Marketing”)
    • Output: 8.
    • The SEARCH function is finding the special character in our previous output. Consequently, it found it in 8th
  • Finally, our formula reduces to, RIGHT(C5,9)
    • Output: “Marketing”.
    • The RIGHT function returns the cell value up to a certain number of characters from the right side. We’ve found the position of the last forward-slash in 8th The length of cell C5 is 17, and 178 =9. Hence, we’ve got the 9 characters from the right side as the output.

Excel Find Last Occurrence of Character in String

  • Secondly, press ENTER.

We’ve gotten the strings after the last forward-slash.

  • Finally, use the Fill Handle to AutoFill the formulas into cell range D6:D10.

Excel Find Last Occurrence of Character in String

Thus, we’ve extracted the strings after the last occurrence of a character.

Excel Find Last Occurrence of Character in String

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6. Custom VBA Formula in Excel to Find Last Occurrence of Character in String

For the last method, We’ll use a custom VBA formula to extract the string after the forward slash.

Steps:

  • Firstly, press ALT + F11 to bring up the VBA window.

You can choose Visual Basic from the Developer tab to do so too.

  • Secondly, From Insert >>> select Module as we did in method 4.
  • Thirdly, copy and paste the following code.
Function LastString(cRange As Range, cString As String)
Dim cLength As Integer
cLength = Len(cRange)
For x = cLength To 1 Step -1
If Mid(cRange, x - 1, 1) = cString Then
LastString = x
Exit Function
End If
Next x
End Function

We’re creating a custom function called “LastString”. This function will return the beginning position of the strings after the last occurrence of a character.

Excel Find Last Occurrence of Character in String

  • After that, type the formula from below to cell D5.
=RIGHT(C5,LEN(C5)-LastString(C5,"/")+1)

Formula Breakdown

  • LastString(C5,”/”)
    • Output: 9.
    • Here we’re getting the starting position of the string immediately after the last forward slash.
  • LEN(C5)
    • Output: 17.
  • LEN(C5)-LastString(C5,”/”)+1
    • Output: 9.
    • We need to add 1 else we’ll get value with the “M”.
  • Our formula will reduce to RIGHT(C5,9)
    • Output: Marketing“.

  • Press ENTER.

We’ll get the value “Marketing”.

  • Finally, AutoFill the formula up to cell C10.

Excel Find Last Occurrence of Character in String

We’ve achieved our goal. The formula works as intended.

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Practice Section

We’ve attached practice datasets besides each method in the Excel file. You can practice getting better at this task.

Excel Find Last Occurrence of Character in String


Conclusion

We’ve shown you 6 methods in Excel to find the last occurrence of a character in a string. If you have any problems regarding these, feel free to comment below. Thanks for reading, and keep excelling!


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Rafiul Haq

Rafiul Haq

Hello! This is Rafiul. I have an engineering degree and an MBA (finance) degree. I am passionate about all things related to data, and MS Excel is my favorite application. I want to make people's lives easier by writing easy-to-follow and in-depth Excel and finance related guides here at ExcelDemy.

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