How to use the Excel RIGHT function

The RIGHT function is a built-in function in Excel that is categorized as a String/Text Function. It can be used as a worksheet function (WS) and a VBA function (VBA) in Excel. As a worksheet function, the RIGHT function can be entered as part of a formula in a cell of a worksheet. As a VBA function, you can use this function in macro code that is entered through the Microsoft Visual Basic Editor.

Syntax: =RIGHT(text, num_chars)

The RIGHT function syntax has the following arguments:

text The original text string.

An optional argument that specifies the number of characters to be returned from the end of the supplied text.

If omitted, the [num_chars] argument takes on the default value of 1.

Example: Let’s look at some Excel RIGHT function examples and explore how to use the RIGHT function as a worksheet function in Microsoft Excel:

right function in excel 1 - How to use the Excel RIGHT function

Syntax:  =RIGHT(A2,B2)


right function in excel - How to use the Excel RIGHT function

Based on the Excel spreadsheet above, the following RIGHT examples would return:

Syntax: =RIGHT(A3,B3)
Result:c com

Syntax: =RIGHT(A4,B4)
Result: RIGHT function

Syntax: =RIGHT(A5,B5)
Result: earn

Syntax: =RIGHT(A6,B6)
Result: 125418745 6/14/1991

Syntax: =RIGHT(A7,B7)
Result: in excel


  • Use the RIGHT function when you want to extract characters starting at the right side of text.
  • num_chars is optional and defaults to 1.
  • RIGHT will extract digits from numbers as well.
  • Number formatting is not part of a and will not be extracted or counted.
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