Excel: A Formula for RIGHT Until Specific Character


You can use the RIGHT function in Excel to extract a certain number of characters from the right side of a string.

If you’d like, you can use the following formula to use the RIGHT function to extract all characters from the right side of a string until a specific character is encountered: 

=RIGHT(A2,LEN(A2)-SEARCH("^",SUBSTITUTE(A2,"_","^",LEN(A2)-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(A2,"_","")))))

This particular example extracts all of the characters on the right side of the string in cell A2 until an underscore is encountered.

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

Example: Using RIGHT Until Specific Character in Excel

Suppose we have the following list of basketball team names in Excel:

We can type the following formula into cell B2 to extract all of the characters on the right side of the team name of cell A2 until an underscore is encountered:

=RIGHT(A2,LEN(A2)-SEARCH("^",SUBSTITUTE(A2,"_","^",LEN(A2)-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(A2,"_","")))))

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

Column B now displays all of the characters on the right side of each cell in column B until an underscore is encountered.

Notice that if multiple underscores are present in a cell, the formula is capable of identifying the last underscore and extracts only the characters to the right of it.

It’s worth noting that if no underscore is found in the Team name, the formula will return #VALUE! as a result.

To return a different value, simply use the IFERROR() function.

For example, we can use the following IFERROR() function to return “None Found” if an underscore is not found in a given team name:

=IFERROR(RIGHT(A2,LEN(A2)-SEARCH("^",SUBSTITUTE(A2,"_","^",LEN(A2)-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(A2,"_",""))))), "None Found")

Note that you can also return a different value by simply replacing “None Found” with some other value in the IFERROR() function.

Additional Resources

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

Excel: How to Use MID Function to End of String
Excel: How to Use MID Function for Variable Length Strings
Excel: How to Remove First 3 Characters from String

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