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Extract strings / characters from the right till the first occurrence of a comma, using an excel formula

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Dear Experts:

I would like to extract strings from the right till the first occurrence of a comma, using an Excel formula.

Example

A1                                                               B1 (formula)
Scissors, bipolar, 23 cm                          23 cm
Laser, medical, 234 kg                            234 kg
Plate, regular, 87 holes                          87 holes

Could somebody help me with this probably nested formula.

Help is much appreciated. Thank you very much in advance.

Regards, Andreas
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Question by:Andreas Hermle
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by:Rob Henson
Rob Henson earned 332 total points
ID: 41829427
=RIGHT(A1,LEN(A1)-FIND(",",A1,FIND(",",A1,1)+1))

Assumes more than one occurrence of comma.
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by:Saqib Husain, Syed
Saqib Husain, Syed earned 332 total points
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if there are always 2 commas then you can use

=REPLACE(A1,1,FIND("#",SUBSTITUTE(A1,",","#",2)),"")

If the number of commas can vary then use

=REPLACE(A1,1,FIND("#",SUBSTITUTE(A1,",","#",LEN(A1)-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(A1,",","")))),"")
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by:Koen
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=RIGHT(A2;LEN(A2)-FIND(CHAR(1);SUBSTITUTE(A2;",";CHAR(1);(LEN(A2)-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(A2;",";"")))/LEN(",")))-1)

(you might need to replace ; with , depending on your regional settings)

this will work as soon as 1 comma is present, and return an error when no comma is present
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Ryan Chong earned 1004 total points
ID: 41829439
or something like this:
=TRIM(RIGHT(SUBSTITUTE(A1, ",", REPT(" ", 100)), 100))

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by:Andreas Hermle
ID: 41829619
A really good job from all of you, all of the formulas work just fine.

If the length of the formula is a criterion, Ryan Chong's formula is the best one.
Rob Henson's formula is also very concise but I just had cases in which just one comma was present.

I will distribute the points accordingly. Again, thank you very much for your superb and professional help. I really appreciate it. Regards, Andreas
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by:Andreas Hermle
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Really, a great job from all of you. I really appreciate it. Regards, Andreas
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