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This tutorial will demonstrate how to extract the last word from a cell in Excel & Google Sheets.
Extract Last Word
Unfortunately, Excel doesn’t have a reverse FIND Function, so instead we will need to develop a different solution:
- We will use the SUBSTITUTE Function to replace the spaces in between words with a large number (n) of spaces.
- We will use the RIGHT Function to calculate the right n number of spaces. (This will include our word, as well as a number of additional spaces)
- We will use the TRIM Function to trim out the extra spaces, leaving only the last word.
Here is the formula we will use:
=TRIM(RIGHT(SUBSTITUTE(B3," ",REPT(" ",10)),10))
Notice for this example we choose n=10. This number is too small: Cell C6 doesn’t contain the full last word because the word is 11 characters long.
We’ve chosen a small number for demonstration purposes, but we recommend that you use a much larger number (ex. 99) or use the versatile formula found at the end of this tutorial.
Now let’s walk through the formula:
The REPT Function repeats a character (n) number of times. This formula will generate 10 spaces:
Here to show who this function will work, we have replaced the blank spaces with dashes (-):
The SUBSTITUTE function finds all the blank spaces in the text string and replaces the blank spaces with 10 spaces.
The RIGHT function extracts the last 10 characters from the cell:
The TRIM function removes all the leading and trailing spaces from the text and returns only the last word:
Instead of defining the number (n), you can use the LEN Function to calculate n as the number of characters in the cell. This formula will work regardless of how big the last word is.
=TRIM(RIGHT(SUBSTITUTE(B3," ",REPT(" ",LEN(B3))),LEN(B3)))
Extract the Last Word In Google Sheets
The formula to extract the last word from a text works exactly the same in Google Sheets as in Excel: