## Excel Formula: Extract folder name from path

If you want to extract each finial folder name from a list of file paths in a worksheet as below screenshot shown, you can use a formula to quickly handle it. Here this tutorial introduces the formula and explain the arguments and every part for you to easily understand.

Generic formula:

 RIGHT(file_path,(LEN(file_path)-FIND("?",SUBSTITUTE(file_path,"\","?",LEN(file_path)-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(file_path,"\",""))))))

Arguments

 File_path: the file path you want to extract final folder from, it can be a text string or a cell reference.

How this formula work

Example: Extract the folder name from the file path in cell B3, please use below formula:

 =RIGHT(B3,(LEN(B3)-FIND("?",SUBSTITUTE(B3,"\","?",LEN(B3)-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(B3,"\",""))))))

Press Enter key to extract the final folder.

Explanation

To extract the final folder, the formula locates the position of the last “\” firstly. Then extracts the text string in the right side of the last "\".

LEN function returns the number of characters in the text string.

SUBSTITUTE function replaces old text with the new one.

The formula LEN(B3)-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(B3,"\","")) counts the number of characters "\".

SUBSTITUTE(B3,"\","?",LEN(B3)-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(B3,"\",""))) replaces the fourth "\" with "?".

FIND function is used to find a string within another string, and returns the starting position of the string inside another one.

The formula FIND("?",SUBSTITUTE(B3,"\","?",LEN(B3)-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(B3,"\","")))) finds the position of “?” in the text string "C:\Users\AddinTestWin10\Desktop?20200306text formula".

FRIGHT function extracts a specific number of characters from the right side of the text string.

 =RIGHT(B3,(LEN(B3)-FIND("?",SUBSTITUTE(B3,"\","?",LEN(B3)-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(B3,"\",""))))))=RIGHT(B3,(LEN(B3)-32)=RIGHT(B3,20)=20200306text formula

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