If you’re an Excel user, then you’re already familiar with the importance of functions in Excel. Functions are powerful tools that allow you to perform complex calculations and data analysis with ease. One such function is the right function, which is used to extract the rightmost character or characters from a text string.

In this guide, we’ll show you how to use the right function in Excel to make data analysis simpler and more efficient. Let’s get started.

First, open an Excel worksheet and enter some dummy data containing simple text in column A. To use the right function, select cell B7 and type in “right”. Then, hit the tab key to activate the function.

The right function takes two arguments. The first argument is the text, which is the original text of the string. This can be a cell reference or can be typed manually in quotation marks. The second argument is the number of characters that we wish to extract from the original text. If omitted, it is assumed to be 1.

In our example, we select cell A7 as the first argument and enter 4 as the second argument. This means that we want to extract the four rightmost characters from the string “This is simple text”. The function returns the correct result and extracts the characters “text” from the string.

If we don’t give any number of characters in the second argument of the right function, it returns the rightmost character of that string. For instance, if we enter the right function in cell B8 and select cell A8 as the first argument, the function returns the letter “S”.

Now, let’s see what happens when we enter a negative value in the number of characters (second argument). If we type -1 in the second argument and enter, the function returns a #VALUE! error. This is because the right function does not allow any negative value as the number of characters to extract.

If we don’t know how many characters to expect, we can type in any random number that is greater than the length of the original string. In this case, the function returns the entire and actual text. For example, if we type in the right function in cell B10 and select cell A10 as the first argument, and then enter 20 as the second argument, the function returns the entire string “This is simple text”.

In summary, the right function is a powerful tool in Excel that makes data analysis simpler and more efficient. It allows you to extract the rightmost character or characters from a text string. By following the steps outlined in this guide, you can use the right function in different ways to extract the data you need. We hope you found this lesson informative. Happy learning!