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extract a substring between backslashes from paths

Dear Experts:

I would like to extract the 'PM_xx' substrings, i.e. PM_4, PM_6 and PM_2_3 from the below Paths, using a formula if possible

The links have one thing in common.
Looking from the right: these are the substrings between the first and second backslash.


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

I have attached a sample file for your convenience.

Regards, Andreas

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pls try this UDF
Function CellRegexSimple(Myrange As String) As String
      Dim regex As Object
      Set regex = CreateObject("VBScript.RegExp")
      Dim strInput As String

        strInput = Myrange
        With regex
            .Global = True
            .MultiLine = True
            .IgnoreCase = False
            .Pattern = "\\(PM[\d_]*?)\\"
        End With
        On Error Resume Next
        Set Matches = regex.Execute(strInput)
        strRes = Matches(0).submatches(0)
        On Error GoTo 0
        CellRegexSimple = strRes
      Set regex = Nothing
End Function

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Oh great Rgonzo, how quick you came up with this and it works just fine. Thank you very much for it.

If you do not mind, I will wait some more time, maybe some expert or you also come up with a formula approach.

Anyhow, a real superb job from your side. I really appreciate it. Regards, andreas
uppps, here we are, our posts crossed, will test it right away ... :-)
Edited (a bit more precise)
You may also try this....
Assuming your string is in A2 then


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Hi Rgonzo, I am really deeply impressed, how come you come up so fast with all these solutions. It is really incredible, I just do not get it :-)

A great job from your side, as always. Thank you very much for your professional help. I really appreciate it.

Regards, Andreas
@Neeraj the PM Folder is not allways  at the same level
Upps, Subodh's and Rgonzo's post have crossed my post. I have already awarded the points. Subodh: will test your code and then let you know. Thank you very much for your great help.

It's okay Andreas. :)