How to find nth occurrence (position) of a character in text string in Excel?
For example, there is a long sentence in Cell A1, see the following screenshot. And now you need to find the 3rd occurrence or position of Character "c" from the text string in Cell A1. Of course, you can count the characters one by one, and get the exact position result. However, here we are going to introduce some easy tips to find the nth occurrence or position of specific character from text string in a cell.
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Find nth occurrence (position) of a character in a Cell with Find formula
There are two Find formulas can help you find the nth occurrence or position of specific character from text string in a cells quickly.
The following formula will show you how to find the 3rd occurrence of "c" in Cell A1.
Find Formula 1
In a blank cell, enter the formula =FIND("c",A1,FIND("c",A1)+2).
And then press the Enter key. The position of the third letter “c” has been displayed.
Note: You can change the 2 in the formula based on your needs. For example, if you want to find the fourth position of "c", you can change the 2 to 3. And if you want to find the first position of "c", you shuold change 2 to 0.
Find formula 2
In a blank cell, enter the formula =FIND(CHAR(1),SUBSTITUTE(A1,"c",CHAR(1),3)), and press Enter key.
Note: The "3" in the formula means the third "c", you can change it based on your needs.
> Find nth occurrence (position) of a character in a Cell with VBA
Actually, you can apply the VB macro to find nth occurrence or position of a specific character in one cell easily.
Step 1: Hold down the ALT + F11 keys, and it opens the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.
Step 2: Click Insert > Module, and paste the following macro in the Module Window.
VBA: Find the nth position of a charater.
Function FindN(sFindWhat As String, _ sInputString As String, N As Integer) As Integer Dim J As Integer Application.Volatile FindN = 0 For J = 1 To N FindN = InStr(FindN + 1, sInputString, sFindWhat) If FindN = 0 Then Exit For Next End Function
Step 3: Now if you want find the exact occurrence of position of third "c" in Cell A1, please enter the formula of =FindN("c",A1,3), and press the Enter key. Then it will return the exact position in the specific cell at once.
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After free installing Kutools for Excel, please do as below:
1. Select a cell you want to return the result and click Kutools > Formulas > Find nth occurrence of a character. See screenshot:
2. Then in the popping Formula Helper dialog, do as below:
2) Type the character you want to find around with double quotations “” into Character textbox;
3) Type the nth occurrence of character into Nth occurrence textbox.
3. Click Ok. And you get the position of nth occurrence of a character in a string.
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Comments
=FIND("c",A1,1) will find the first c
=FIND("c",A1,2) through =FIND("c",A1,5) will find the second c
=FIND("c",A1,6) through =FIND("c",A1,10 ) will find the third c.
anything above won't find anything.
Formula 2 is spot-on, though: SUBSTITUTE the nth instance of your target string for a unique character that won't otherwise appear in the rest of the text, then FIND that unique character.
=FIND(CHAR(1),SUBSTITUTE("LOOK_IN","LOOK_FOR",CHAR(1),INST_NUM))
Where LOOK_IN is the string (or cell) you're searching in;
LOOK_FOR is the string you're searching for; and
INST_NUM is the integer instance of LOOK_FOR that you want to identify.
Hence, =FIND(CHAR(1),S UBSTITUTE("HELL O WORLD","L",CHAR (1),3) will return 10 (the position of the third "L").
I want to select a particulate string form a cell
Example:-
My Name is Mohit
i want to return any value Like mohit, is, Name, My using a function.
is there any Function or not
=FIND("X",A1,(FIND("X",A1,FIND("X",A1,1)+1))+1)
The VBA module gets my vote though. Much easier to remember
=INDEX(SMALL(IF(MID(A1,MATCH(ROW(INDIRECT(1&":"&LEN(A1))),ROW(INDIRECT(1&":"&LEN(A1))),0),1)="c",MATCH(ROW(INDIRECT(1&":"&LEN(A1))),ROW(INDIRECT(1&":"&LEN(A1))),0),""),MATCH(ROW(INDIRECT(1&":"&LEN(A1)-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(A1,"c","")))),ROW(INDIRECT(1&":"&LEN(A1)-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(A1,"c","")))),0)),2)
where "c" is the character required and 2 is the position. Note this is an array formula.
=INDEX(SMALL(IF(MID(A1,ROW(INDIRECT(1&":"&LEN(A1))),1)="c",ROW(INDIRECT(1&":"&LEN(A1))),""),ROW(INDIRECT(1&":"&LEN(A1)-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(A1,"c",""))))),2)
I have a text in an Excel cell "23 floyd lane, longville,KN 14564"
I need a function to extract just "longville"
Thanks
Otherwise, you might consider Data > Text to Columns > Delimited (using a comma as the separator).