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I am trying to search for a word within a string. For example the string "This is a test string". I want to find the word "test" within this string and then remove all the text before "test". The result of the string should be "test string". How would I do this using vbscript?
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You can get the position of the substring using the InStr function, then get all characters from that point on by using Mid.
http://www.w3schools.com/vbscript/func_instr.asp
http://www.w3schools.com/vbscript/func_mid.asp


strOld = "This is a test string"
strToFind = "test"
 
intPos = InStr(strOld, strToFind)
strNew = Mid(strBase, intPos)

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by:DrunkenELF
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Dear IllFusion,
Try the attached code.
Cheers!
D-ELF

MyVar = "This is a test string"
Right(MyVar ,InStr (MyVar,test))

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by:Shift-3
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Correction to mine.


strOld = "This is a test string"
strToFind = "test"
 
intPos = InStr(strOld, strToFind)
strNew = Mid(strOld, intPos)
 
WScript.Echo strNew

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by:DrunkenELF
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Correction to mine too
MyVar = "This is a test string"
Result = Right(MyVar ,InStr (MyVar,test))
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by:RobSampson
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Hi, as an addition to Shift-3's code, this will tell you whether the string was found or not as well, and also has the option of a case sensitive find.

Regards,

Rob.
strOriginalString = "This is a test string"
strStringToFind = "test"
 
boolCaseSensitive = True
 
If boolCaseSensitive = True Then
	intPos = InStr(strOriginalString, strStringToFind)
Else
	intPos = InStr(LCase(strOriginalString), LCase(strStringToFind))
End If
 
If intPos > 0 Then
	strNewString = Mid(strOriginalString, intPos)
	WScript.Echo "The new string is" & VbCrLf & strNewString
Else
	WScript.Echo strStringToFind & VbCrLf & "was not found in" & VbCrLf & strOriginalString & _
		VbCrLf & VbCrLf & "Case Sensitive: " & boolCaseSensitive
End If

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by:illfusion82
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Thanks shift-3 and everyone that posted a response. I tried shift-3's resolution and it worked perfectly!
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