# Pull Last Word(s) After Last or First Instance of a
Specified Character

## Excel Formula To Get Last Word(s) After Last/First
Instance of a Specified Character In Any Cell

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Suppose you have the text "**11003-blue-40 lbs**" in Cell A1 and you need to
get the last words/characters after the **last occurrence** of the dash (-),
i.e. **"40 lbs"**, you can use;

=MID(A1,FIND("=",SUBSTITUTE(A1,"-","=",LEN(A1)-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(A1,"-",""))))+1,256)

If you need all the words/characters after the **1st occurrence** of the dash
(-), i.e. **"blue-40 lbs"**, you can use;

=MID(A1,FIND("=",SUBSTITUTE(A1,"-","=",LEN(A1)-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(A1,"-",""))**-1**))+1,256)

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