Get or extract the last word from text string in Excel

To extract the last word from text string which are separated by the space characters, normally, you can create a formula based on the TRIM, SUBSTITUTE, RIGHT and REPT functions in Excel.


Get or extract the last words from a list of text strings in Excel

The generic syntax for extracting the last word from a text string is:

=TRIM(RIGHT(SUBSTITUTE(text," ",REPT(" ",100)),100))
  • text: The text string or cell value that you want to extract last word from.
  • 100: The number 100 is a random number which should be big enough to handle the long words, you can change it if your words are longer.

1. Please copy the below formula into a blank cell where you want to output the result:

=TRIM(RIGHT(SUBSTITUTE(A2," ",REPT(" ",100)),100))

2. And then, drag the fill handle down to the cells that you want to fill this formula to other cells, and all the last words have been extracted from the text strings as following screenshot shown:


Explanation of the formula:

SUBSTITUTE(A2," ",REPT(" ",100)): This SUBSTITUTE function replaces each single space with 100 spaces between each word in cell A2.

RIGHT(SUBSTITUTE(A2," ",REPT(" ",100)),100): This RIGHT function will extract 100 characters from right of the new text string returned by the SUBSTITUTE function.

TRIM(): The TRIM function is used to remove all leading spaces.


Relative functions used:

  • RIGHT:
  • The RIGHT function returns the text from right of the text string.
  • SUBSTITUTE:
  • The SUBSTITUTE function replaces text or characters within a text string with another text or characters.
  • TRIM:
  • The TRIM function removes all extra spaces from text string and only keeps single spaces between words.
  • REPT:
  • The REPT function is used to repeat the characters a specified number of times.

More articles:

  • Extract Substring From Text String In Excel
  • It may be a common task for you that you need to extract substrings from text strings, in Excel, there is not a direct function for doing this, but, with the help of the LEFT, RIGHT, MID and SEARCH functions, you can extract kinds of substrings as you need.
  • Extract Last Line Of Text From A Multi-Line Cell
  • To extract the last line of text from a text string which is separated by line breaks, normally, there is no direct way for you to solve this. This article, I will introduce a formula to deal with this task in Excel.

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