troubleshooting Question

extract text from string

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In Access 2007, I have a field with city and state combined ("Hollywood CA").  I need to separate the state into it's own field.  According to Microsoft (, the proper way to do that is:

Original Entry in [Names]: "John Doe" or "John P. Doe"
Returned by Expression: Doe
Expression: Expr: IIf(InStr(InStr([names]," ")+1,[names]," ")<>0, Right([names],Len([names])-InStr(InStr([names]," ")+1,[names]," ")),Right([names],Len([names])-InStr([names]," ")))

The problem is some of my city names are two words, so when I try this formula it only returns states for the fields that have a two-word city.  ("Los Angeles CA") The fields with just a one-word city and state ("Hollywood CA") don't return any results.  

I also tried to just simplify it and pull the last 2 characters from the field:


And that doesn't show anything at all.  What do I need to do differently?
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