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How to move last word to next adjacent cell?

Author: Xiaoyang Last Modified: 2017-04-28

Supposing, I have a list of text strings which I want to move the last word to next adjacent cell as following screenshot shown, of course, you can cut and paste them one by one, but, are there any quick ways for us to move them to next cell at once in Excel?

doc move last word to next cell 1

Move last word to next adjacent cell with VBA code

Extract last word to next adjacent cell with formula


arrow blue right bubble Move last word to next adjacent cell with VBA code

To cut and move the last word from one cell to the next adjacent cell, please apply the following VBA code:

1. Hold down the ALT + F11 keys to open the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.

2. Click Insert > Module, and paste the following code in the Module Window.

VBA code: Move last word to next adjacent cell:

Sub splitlastword()
    Dim xCell As Range
    Dim xStr As String
    Dim xAddress As String
    Dim xRg As Range
    On Error Resume Next
    xAddress = ActiveWindow.RangeSelection.Address
    Set xRg = Application.InputBox("Please selec the text cells:", "Kutools for Excel", xAddress, , , , , 8)
    If xRg Is Nothing Then Exit Sub
    If xRg.Columns.Count > 1 Then
       MsgBox "Only one column in the seleted range", vbInformation, "Kutools for Excel"
       Exit Sub
    End If
    For Each xCell In xRg
        xStr = Trim(xCell.Value)
        xCell.Offset(0, 1) = Mid(xStr, InStrRev(xStr, " "))
        xCell.Value = Left(xStr, InStrRev(xStr, " "))
    Next
End Sub

3. Then press F5 key to run this code, and a prompt box is popped out to remind you selecting the text cells that you want to move the last word from, see screenshot:

doc move last word to next cell 2

4. And then click OK button, the last words in selected cells have been moved to the next adjacent right cells immediately, see screenshot:

doc move last word to next cell 1


arrow blue right bubble Extract last word to next adjacent cell with formula

If you just need to extract the last words from the text strings without moving them, the following formula can do you a favor.

Please enter this formula:

=RIGHT(A2,LEN(A2)-FIND("*",SUBSTITUTE(A2," ","*",LEN(A2)-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(A2," ",""))))) into a blank cell next to the text cell, and then drag the fill handle down to the cells which you want to extract the last word, all last words have been extracted from the text strings without moving the original ones. See screenshot:

doc move last word to next cell 3

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Hi, I used the VBA code which is amazing! the question is how I can select the first or second word in the cell to be moved?
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Hello, Lipa,
To move the first, second or nth word from cells, please apply the below code:

Note: To change the number 1 in this xIndex = 1 to other number you want to use. For example, if you want to move the second word, change the number 1 to 2.

Sub splitlastword()
'Updateby Extendoffice
    Dim xCell As Range
    Dim xStr As String
    Dim xAddress As String
    Dim xRg As Range
    Dim I As Integer
    Dim arrSplit() As String
    On Error Resume Next
    xAddress = ActiveWindow.RangeSelection.Address
    Set xRg = Application.InputBox("Please selec the text cells:", "Kutools for Excel", xAddress, , , , , 8)
    If xRg Is Nothing Then Exit Sub
    If xRg.Columns.Count > 1 Then
       MsgBox "Only one column in the seleted range", vbInformation, "Kutools for Excel"
       Exit Sub
    End If
    delimiter = " "
    xIndex = 1
    For Each xCell In xRg
        xStr = Trim(xCell.Value)
        If xStr <> "" Then
            arrSplit = Split(xStr, delimiter)
            If UBound(arrSplit, 1) >= xIndex Then
                xCell.Offset(0, 1) = arrSplit(xIndex - 1)
                ystr = ""
                For I = 0 To UBound(arrSplit, 1)
                    If xIndex - 1 <> I Then
                        ystr = ystr + arrSplit(I) + delimiter
                    End If
                Next
                ystr = Left(ystr, Len(ystr) - Len(delimiter))
                xCell.Value = ystr
            End If
        End If
    Next
End Sub

Please have a try, hope it can help you!
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