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 department of an employee.

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

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**Excel Find Last Occurrence of Character in String: 6 Ways**

### 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("/")))`

**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**.

- Finally, use the
**Fill Handle**to copy the formula down.

Thus, we’ve got the position of the **last occurrence** of a **character** in our** 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)="/"))`

**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.

- Secondly, press
**ENTER**.

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

- Finally, use
**Fill Handle**to**AutoFill**the formula.

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

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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**.

- 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.

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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.

- 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**.

- 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 VBA**”**sheet**. - 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**.

- 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**.

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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**17**–**8**=**9**. Hence, we’ve got the**9****characters**from the right side as the output.

- 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**.

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

**Read More:** **How to Find If Range of Cells Contains Specific Text in Excel**

### 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.**

- 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**.

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

**Practice Section**

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

**Download Practice Workbook**

**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!

Two alternative formulae to find the last occurrence of a character in a string (cell C5):

1. In Excel 365

=FIND(MID(C5,LOOKUP(9^9,FIND(“/”,C5,SEQUENCE(LEN(C5)))),9^9),C5)

2. In earlier versions

=FIND(MID(C5,LOOKUP(9^9,FIND(“/”,C5,ROW(1:100))),9^9),C5)

Thanks for your formula.

Just a reminder, if anyone wants to copy and paste this formula, the quotes need to be straight (“”), not curly (“”). Otherwise, they will get the #N/A error.

1. Excel 365

=FIND(MID(C5,LOOKUP(9^9,FIND(“/”,C5,SEQUENCE(LEN(C5)))),9^9),C5)

2. Earlier Versions

=FIND(MID(C5,LOOKUP(9^9,FIND(“/”,C6,ROW(1:100))),9^9),C5)

Some additional options…

I feel like I found a much simpler way to achieve the result of method number 5 & 6 which only uses 2 functions:

=TAKE(TEXTSPLIT(C5,”/”),1,-1)

The TEXTSPLIT gives us an array, and the TAKE allows us to grab the last column.

Looks like these functions were added to Excel in 2022, so likely won’t work on older versions.

If the location of the last occurrence is needed instead (like in methods 1-4), we can add the use of LEN twice with a subtraction in between:

=LEN(C5)-LEN(TAKE(TEXTSPLIT(C5,”/”),1,-1))