How to use Excel RIGHT Function

how to use excel right function

Quick Intro

Excel RIGHT Function can extract a number of characters from a cell starting from the last character. If you check above example word “Brown” has 5 characters starting from the first character from the right side.

Excel Right Function To Extract Text



  • text A text or number from which you want to extract some characters.
  • num_char Number of characters you want to extract.

Additional Information on Excel RIGHT Function

  • You will get an #Value! error on using negative numbers in num_char.
  • If you skip specifying num_char, it will assume 1 as default.
  • You can’t refer to more than one cell. If you do that it will return the characters from the top-left cell of the range.


In the below example, we have extracted 6 characters using right function. If you know, how many characters you need to extract from the string, you can simply extract them by using a number.

Excel Right Function Simple Examples

Now, if you look at the below example, where we have to extract the last name from the cell, but we are not confirmed about the number characters in the last name. So, we are using LEN Function and FIND Function to get the name.

Excel Right Function Example For Understanding

Let me show you, how we have done this. First of all, we have used the LEN Function to get the length of that entire text string, then we used the FIND Function to get the position number of space between first and last name. And, in the end, we have used both the figures to get the last name.

Excel Right Function With Other Excel Functions

Sample File

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What’s Next?

To learn more about Excel RIGHT Function you can check Microsoft’s Help Section. And, if you have a unique idea to use it, I would love to hear from you.

There are also you have LEFT | MID functions which are highly useful. Apart from this, I have a list of excel functions and some real life formulas examples.