Google Sheets is one of the leading spreadsheet applications with a variety of very useful functions and features. In Google Sheets, the **RIGHT function** allows us to extract the rightmost characters from a string. You can also combine this function with some other functions to return the desired results. In this article, we will explain the syntax of the function and demonstrate the use of the function using some suitable examples. Hopefully, this will help you to learn about this function in detail.

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## What Is RIGHT Function in Google Sheets?

The **RIGHT function** returns a substring from the end of a specified string.

#### Syntax

The **Syntax **of the **RIGHT function** is shown below.

**RIGHT(string, [number_of_characters])**

#### Arguments

ARGUMENT | REQUIREMENT | Function |
---|---|---|

string |
Required | The reference string i.e. texts, numbers, or other values; a portion from the right or end of this will be returned. |

number_of_characters |
Optional | This is the specific number of characters that the function will return from the end of the string. The default value is 1. Entering 0 will return an empty string. |

#### Output

The formula **RIGHT(“ABCDEFGH”, 3)** will return **FGH **as the first **3** characters from the right of **ABCDEFGH** is **FGH**.

## 6 Suitable Examples of Using RIGHT Function in Google Sheets

We can use the **RIGHT function** to extract necessary data from a string. We can combine it with other functions and use it in our spreadsheet.

Suppose, you have a dataset containing some user **ID Codes**. The IDs contain the first names of the users and a unique code separated by an underscore (“_”) character. We will extract the codes from the strings using the **RIGHT function**.

Follow the examples to learn how to do that.

### 1. Use RIGHT Function to Get a Substring

Here, if you observe the dataset, every user id has a unique code containing six-digit numbers. We will show how to use the **RIGHT function** to separate them in another column. Follow the steps to learn how to do that.

**📌**** Steps:**

- First, select cell
**B5**and insert the following formula in the formula bar.

`=RIGHT(B5,6)`

- Then, the formula will return the six-digit code in
**C5**.

- After that drag down the
**Fill handle**tool to get the rest of the codes.

- Finally, you will get the result shown in the image below.

### 2. Return Substring from Texts

In this example, we will use **ARRAYFORMULA **with the **RIGHT function**. This will return substrings from multiple strings at the same time. The **ARRAYFORMULA function** converts a regular formula into an arrayformula. This helps the formula to return results of a specific range at once. So you don’t need to use the **fill handle** tool like in the above example.

- Enter the following formula in cell
**C5**and you will see all the outputs at once without dragging down the formula.

`=ARRAYFORMULA(RIGHT(B5:B10,6))`

**Read More:** **How to Use ARRAYFORMULA in Google Sheets (6 Examples)**

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### 3. Extract Characters from Strings

We can also use the** RIGHT**, **LEN, **and **FIND **functions together to extract a substring from a string. The **LEN function** returns the length of a string and the **FIND function** finds the position of a specific character within a string. We will use these three functions to extract a substring from the string.

Follow the steps below to see how to apply that.

**📌**** Steps:**

- First, select cell
**C5**in the given dataset and insert the formula as shown below.

`=RIGHT(B5,LEN(B5)-FIND("_",B5))`

- Then drag down the
**fill handle**icon to copy the formula into the cells below. - After that, you will get the same results as earlier.

__Formula Breakdown__**➣**** FIND(“_”,B5): **The **FIND function** returns the position of the **“_”** character within the string in cell **C5** i.e. **6**.

**➣**** LEN(B5):** The **LEN function** returns the length of the string in cell **B5** i.e. **12**.

**➣**** LEN(B5)-FIND(“_”,B5):** So the subtraction becomes **12 – 6 = 6**.

**➣**** RIGHT(B5,LEN(B5)-FIND(“_”,B5)):** So the final formula becomes **RIGHT(B5,6)** and returns **6** characters from the right i.e. **648230**.

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### 4. Search and Return Characters from Texts

Unlike the **FIND function, **the **SEARCH function** is not case-sensitive and returns the positions for both uppercase and lowercase letters. You can apply this function with the **RIGHT function** to find characters and substrings from texts if need to search for both uppercase and lowercase letters.

The steps are mentioned below.

**📌**** Steps:**

- First, enter the mentioned formula in cell
**C5**.

`=RIGHT(B5,LEN(B5)-SEARCH("_",B5))`

- Then drag the
**fill handle**icon down to apply the formula to other cells. - It will extract the numbers like the following image.

__Formula Breakdown__**➣**** SEARCH(“_”,B5****): **Here the **SEARCH function** returns **6** as it is the position of the **“_”** character in cell **B5**.

**➣**** LEN(B5): **The** LEN function** returns **12** as it is the length of the string in cell **B5**.

**➣**** RIGHT(B5,LEN(B5)-SEARCH(“_”,B5)):** Finally, the **RIGHT function **will return the characters from the end of the string.

**Read More: How to Use SEARCH Function in Google Sheets (5 Examples)**

### 5. Extract Values from Strings

Though the outputs obtained in the earlier methods looks like numbers, they are actually in text format. Because the **RIGHT function** always returns text outputs. So, you can not use the outputs as numbers. But you can utilize the **VALUE function** to convert those number-looking texts to actual numbers.

- Apply the following formula in cell
**C5**and drag the fill handle icon below to do that.

`=VALUE(RIGHT(B5,6))`

- Here the
**VALUE function**converts number-looking text strings to actual numbers.

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### 6. Remove Certain Characters from Texts

In this example, we will combine the **RIGHT** and **LEN** functions to remove a certain number of characters from the beginning of strings.

Consider the following dataset containing website addresses with full URLs. Assume you need to remove the **“https://”** parts from the URLs.

- Then apply the following formula in cell
**C5**and drag the**fill handle**icon below.

`=RIGHT(B5,LEN(B5)-8)`

__Formula Breakdown__**➣** **LEN(B5)-8: **Here the **LEN(B5)** returns** 25** as it is the length of the string in cell **B5**. We need to subtract **8** from that as **“https://”** contains **8** characters. So **LEN(B5)-8** returns **25 – 8 = 17**.

**➣**** RIGHT(B5,LEN(B5)-8)****:** Now the final formula becomes **RIGHT(B5,17)**. So the **RIGHT function** returns the remaining **17 **characters from the ending of the **Full URLs** in cell **C5** i.e. **https://www.wikipedia.org**. The final output is **www.wikipedia.org**.

**Read More:** **How to Remove First Character in Google Sheets**

## What to Do When RIGHT Function Is Not Working in Google Sheets?

There are some examples given above to show various uses of the** RIGHT function**. But there are times when you may face the **RIGHT function **not working properly. Mostly it happens because of extra spaces in the string.

- Consider the following example that uses the
**RIGHT function**. The**RIGHT(B5,6)**formula in**C5**should return**6**characters from the end. But as we can see, it is only returning**4**digits.

- Now double-click on cell
**B5**and you will see there are**2**extra spaces in the string. As the formula is counting them as characters, it seems the output contains**4**digits only. Delete the spaces and you will see the correct output.

**Note:**You can use

**the TRIM function**to remove extra spaces quickly. It removes all the spaces in a string other than the single spaces between texts.

**Read More: How to Use TRIM Function in Google Sheets (4 Easy Examples)**

## Things to Remember

**The RIGHT function**cannot work with dates. Because the**RIGHT function**work with text strings and dates are integer numbers.**The RIGHT function**always returns the output as a text string. So if you want to use the output as a number, you have to use the**VALUE function**like the above example.**The RIGHT function**shows a**#VALUE!**error if the**number_of_characters**argument is negative or less than zero.

## Conclusion

We have tried to show you the uses of the **RIGHT function** in Google Sheets. Hopefully, the examples above will be enough for you to understand the applications of the function. Please use the comment section below for further queries or suggestions. You may also visit our **OfficeWheel** blog to explore more about Google Sheets.

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