# How to Extract the Last N Words

To extract the last N words in the text string, you need to find the relative location of the Nth last space, replace with a special character to distinguish with other spaces, then use Right Function.

Formula:

Copy the formula and replace "A1" with the cell name that contains the text you would like to extract, and change N to the number you need.

=IF((LEN(A1)-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(A1," ","")))<N, A1, RIGHT(A1,LEN(A1)-FIND("/", SUBSTITUTE(A1," ","/", (LEN(A1)-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(A1," ",""))- N+1)))))

Example:

To extract the last five words from the text string "How to Extract the Last N Words".

The result returns the last five words "Extract the Last N Words".

Explanations:

Step 1: To count the number of spaces

Step 2: Replace the fifth space from the last with any special character (e.g., /)

Step 3: Find the location of the special character

Step 4: The number of the letters after special character

Step 5: Pick up the letters after the special character

However, when text string has less than 5 words, the formula "=FIND("/",SUBSTITUTE(A1," ","/", (LEN(A1) - LEN(SUBSTITUTE(A1," ",""))-5+1)))" returns #VALUE! error. To avoid this, you need to combine with the IFERROR function.

=IF((LEN(A1)-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(A1," ","")))<5, A1, RIGHT(A1, LEN(A1)- FIND("/", SUBSTITUTE(A1," ","/", (LEN(A1)- LEN(SUBSTITUTE(A1," ",""))-5+1)))))

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1. Alex March 16, 2022