You can use the following formula to extract the last word from a cell in Excel:

=TEXTAFTER(A2, " ", -1)

This particular formula extracts the last word from cell **A2**.

The following example shows how to use this formula in practice.

**Example: How to Extract Last Word in Excel**

Suppose we have the following column of strings in Excel:

Suppose we would like to extract the last word from each cell in column A.

We can type the following formula into cell **B2** to do so:

=TEXTAFTER(A2, " ", -1)

We can then click and drag this formula down to each remaining cell in column B:

Column B now contains the last word from each corresponding cell in column A.

For example:

- The formula extracts
**manatee**from**My favorite animal is a manatee** - The formula extracts
**day**from**This is a great day** - The formula extracts
**fun**from**We should have fun**

And so on.

**How This Formula Works**

The **TEXTAFTER **function in Excel extracts all text in a cell after a specific character or substring.

This function uses the following syntax:

**TEXTAFTER(text, delimiter, [instance_num], [match_mode], [match_end], [if_not_found])**

where:

**text**: Text to search**delimiter**: Character or substring to extract text after**instance_num (optional)**: Instance of delimiter after which to extract text (default is 1)**match_mode (optional)**: 0 = case-sensitive (default), 1 = case-insensitive**match_end (optional)**: Treat end of text as delimiter (disabled by default)**if_not_found (optional)**: Value to return if delimiter is not found

Recall that we used the following syntax to extract the last word from cell **A2**:

=TEXTAFTER(A2, " ", -1)

By using a value of **-1** for the **instance_num** argument, we were able to specify that we wanted to extract the text after the **last** instance of a space.

This is the same as extracting the last word from the cell.

**Note**: You can find the complete documentation for the **TEXTAFTER **function in Excel here.

**Additional Resources**

The following tutorials explain how to perform other common tasks in Excel:

Excel: How to Remove Specific Text from Cells

Excel: How to Remove Special Characters

Excel: How to Insert a Character into a String