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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).

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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.


Find nth occurrence (position) of a character in a Cell with Kutools for Excel

If you like neither of formula and VBA, you can try a handy tool – Kutools for Excel, with its Formula groups, you can find a utility – Find nth occurrence of a character to quickly return the nth position of a character in a cell.

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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:

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2. Then in the popping Formula Helper dialog, do as below:

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1) Select the cell you want to find out a specific character from to the String textbox;



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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    kamil · 2 months ago
    Formula 1 doesn't work on fourth, fifth, sixth etc. so (+3,4,5) will always show third position of letter "c" which is 19 second formula is working though.
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    Philip Oyetunde · 1 years ago
    Hello all,

    I have a text in an Excel cell "23 floyd lane, longville,KN 14564"

    I need a function to extract just "longville"

    Thanks
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      Rukt · 1 years ago
      If you must use a function, try: =TRIM(MID(A1,SEARCH(",",A1)+1,SEARCH("!@#",SUBSTITUTE(A1,",","!@#",2))-SEARCH(",",A1)-1))

      Otherwise, you might consider Data > Text to Columns > Delimited (using a comma as the separator).
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    jr · 2 years ago
    Try this:
    =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)),[b]2[/b])
    where "c" is the character required and [b]2[/b] is the position. Note this is an array formula.
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      jr · 2 years ago
      this is simpler:
      =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)
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    Geep · 3 years ago
    After some playing around I got the following to find the third instance of X and return the position number.

    =FIND("X",A1,(FIND("X",A1,FIND("X",A1,1)+1))+1)

    The VBA module gets my vote though. Much easier to remember
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      Matthew · 3 years ago
      Sure, but you could nest formulae in the "instance number" parameter indefinitely. Formula 2 obviates VBA, making it the best all-round solution.
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    Mohit Sharma · 3 years ago
    Dear All,

    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
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      DdW · 3 years ago
      I think there is no specific function for that, since Excel is not built to handle lists of values in one cell. You can build the function yourself by combining the functions mentioned above with LEFT() and RIGHT(). Or you could use VBscripting of course.