# Excel lastindex of a substring

I think I get what you mean. Let's say for example you want the right-most \ in the following string (which is stored in cell A1):

Drive:\Folder\SubFolder\Filename.ext

To get the position of the last \, you would use this formula:

```
=FIND("@",SUBSTITUTE(A1,"\","@",(LEN(A1)-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(A1,"\","")))/LEN("\")))
```

That tells us the right-most \ is at character 24. It does this by looking for "@" and substituting the very last "\" with an "@". It determines the last one by using

```
(len(string)-len(substitute(string, substring, "")))\len(substring)
```

In this scenario, the substring is simply "\" which has a length of 1, so you could leave off the division at the end and just use:

```
=FIND("@",SUBSTITUTE(A1,"\","@",LEN(A1)-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(A1,"\",""))))
```

Now we can use that to get the folder path:

```
=LEFT(A1,FIND("@",SUBSTITUTE(A1,"\","@",LEN(A1)-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(A1,"\","")))))
```

Here's the folder path without the trailing \

```
=LEFT(A1,FIND("@",SUBSTITUTE(A1,"\","@",LEN(A1)-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(A1,"\",""))))-1)
```

And to get just the filename:

```
=MID(A1,FIND("@",SUBSTITUTE(A1,"\","@",LEN(A1)-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(A1,"\",""))))+1,LEN(A1))
```

However, here is an alternate version of getting everything to the right of the last instance of a specific character. So using our same example, this would also return the file name:

```
=TRIM(RIGHT(SUBSTITUTE(A1,"\",REPT(" ",LEN(A1))),LEN(A1)))
```