Hi Tom

I have this code below that will find the last word in a string

F5=John J Smith


returns Smith

but is there a way to return the last name still if there is a Jr or Sr

F5=John J Smith Jr

with the code above of course it would return Jr ...is there a way to modify the code that should there be a jr or sr, it would ignore either and go to the next word which would be Smith?




everywhere you have F5 you could replace it with


or you could use an IF statement to see if JR or SR is contained in the string, then if it is use a formula that will get the second word otherwise use your original formula.

So in summary you would have to design your formula to account for the presence of Jr, Sr or their absence.

Tom Ogilvy

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Tom Ogilvy


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