Excel allows us to get a certain number of character from a string from the right side, by using the **RIGHT** function. This step by step tutorial will assist all levels of Excel users in getting characters from the right side.

* Figure 1. The result of the RIGHT function*

**Syntax of the RIGHT Formula**

The generic formula for the RIGHT function is:

**=RIGHT(text, [num_chars])**

The parameters of the RIGHT function are:

**text**– a text from which we want to take a certain number of characters from the right side**[num_chars]**– a number of characters that we want to take out. This parameter is non-mandatory. If we omit it, the function will return the whole text.

**Setting up Our Data for the RIGHT Function**

In column B (“Text”), we have the list of texts. In column C (“5 Characters from the right”), we want to get the last 5 characters of every text.

*Figure 2. Data that we will use in the RIGHT example*

**Get the Last 5 Characters from a Text**

In our example, we want to get the last 5 characters from the text in B3 and put it into the cell C3.

The formula in the cell C3 is:

**=RIGHT(C3, 5)**

The parameter **text **is the cell B3, while the **num_char** is 5.

To apply the ISTEXT function, we need to follow these steps:

- Select cell C3 and click on it
- Insert the formula:
`=RIGHT(C3, 5)`

- Press enter
- Drag the formula down to the other cells in the column by clicking and dragging the little “+” icon at the bottom-right of the cell.

*Figure 3. Using the RIGHT function to get the last 5 characters from a text*

The value in B3 is “Jennifer”, so the last 5 characters in the cell C3 are “nifer”. As you can see in other examples, the RIGHT function returns numbers (C5) as well as spaces (C4).

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