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# Function or formula to identify the last repeated character in a cell in Excell

Posted on 2016-10-24
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We have a list of files in an excel and want to separate their file extension.  We are using a combination of commands like search(), len(), left(), right().  However some files has various periods in their name (for example, file.of.mine.txt), thus making it difficult to set the 3 character of the extension.  So we thought if we can identify the last period we can calculate the exact 3 or 2 or 5 extension that a file may have (for example, filename.text or filename.manifext).

please advice.
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Question by:rayluvs
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Expert Comment

ID: 41857134
You can use instrrev() to find the last instance of a char/string within a target string.
Example:
``````strFilename = "file.of.mine.txt"
strBasename = Left(strFilename, Instrrev(strFilename, ".") -1)
strExtension = Mid(strFilename, Instrrev(strFilename, ".") +1)
``````

Note: You can also get this information with a FileSystemObject
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Expert Comment

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strExtension = Split("file.of.mine.txt", ".")(UBound(Split("file.of.mine.txt", ".")))
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Rgonzo1971 earned 2000 total points
ID: 41857192
Hi,

pls try as a formula
``````=RIGHT(A1,LEN(A1)-SEARCH("@",SUBSTITUTE(A1,".","@",LEN(A1)-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(A1,".","")))))
``````
Regards
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Author Comment

ID: 41857240
The formula worked excellently separating the extension, but how do modify the formula to identify the last repeated period (".")?
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Expert Comment

ID: 41857241
I don't understand. What do you mean by "identify"?
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Author Comment

ID: 41857256
example,

in file.of.mine.txt, the last "." is in the 13 position.  We want to identify the last ".".
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@rayluvs

Have you tested the other comments?
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Rgonzo1971 earned 2000 total points
ID: 41857278
If you want the position of the last .
``````=SEARCH("@",SUBSTITUTE(A1,".","@",LEN(A1)-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(A1,".",""))))
``````
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Author Comment

ID: 41857289
The other comments don't work in the cell, we want work directly on Excel cell.

Thanx Rg worked!
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