How to Get the Position of the nth Occurrence of a Character in a Cell

In the previous post ,we talked that how to get the position of the last occurrence of a character in a cell, and sometimes, you may be want to know the position of the 2th, 3th or nth occurrence of a character in a text string in excel. and this post will guide you how to find the 2th, 3th, or nth occurrence of a character in a text string using excel formula and use defined function.

Get the position of the nth occurrence of a character using excel formula

If you want to get the position of the nth occurrence of a character using a excel formula, you can use the FIND function in combination with the SUBSTITUTE function. For example, to get the position of the 2th occurrence of the character “e” in Cell B1, you can create the following formula:

=FIND("#",SUBSTITUTE(B1,"e","#",2))

The SUBSTITUTE function will replace the 2th occurrence of the character “e” with the hash character. So it returns another text string as “exc#l”.

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The FIND function look up the hash character in the text string returned by the SUBSTITUTE function, and it returns the position of the first hash character in string “exc#l”. And it should be the position of the 2th occurrence of the character “e” in Cell B1.

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Get the position of the nth occurrence of a character using user defined Function

You can also create a new user defined function to get the position of the nth occurrence of a specific character or string in Excel VBA:

1# click on “Visual Basic” command under DEVELOPER Tab.

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2# then the “Visual Basic Editor” window will appear.

3# click “Insert” ->”Module” to create a new module named as: getNthPosition

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4# paste the below VBA code into the code window. Then clicking “Save” button.

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Function getNthPosition(sFindValue As String, sTextString As String, N As Integer) As Integer
Dim i As Integer
Application.Volatile
getNthPosition = 0
For i = 1 To N
    getNthPosition = InStr(getNthPosition + 1, sTextString, sFindValue)
If getNthPosition = 0 Then Exit For
Next
End Function

 

5# back to the current workbook, then enter the below formula in Cell C1:

=getNthPosition("e",B1,2)

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