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After ( text ; searchString ; occurrence ; include_1 )

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Fabrice Nordmann, 1-more-thing

extracts text after search string

Sample Input:
After ("" ; "@" ; 1 ; 0)
After ("aa:bb:cc" ; ":" ; -1 ; 1 )
After ("¶a¶b" ; ¶ ; 1 ; 0)
Sample Output:



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After ( text ; searchString ; occurrence ; include_1 )

by Fabrice Nordmann
v.2.1 Sept 2007
v.2, Mar 2007
v.1, Jan 2007

v2 adds inclusion boolean parameter.
v2.1 corrects a bug with searchstring

extracts the end of a text, based on a search string and an occurrence number
occurrence can be positive (starting from the beginning of the text) or negative (starting from the end)

e.g. After ( "1234512345" ; "2" ; -1 ; 0 ) = "345"

see also Before, Between, and BetweenNext functions

Note: these functions are not guaranteed or supported by Please contact the individual developer with any questions or problems.

This is my Custom Function and I want to edit it


Examples need to add the include_1 parameter, which I learned to use a zero for after looking at the After custom function

David Owen, Bloomfield, CT, USA
July 02, 2009 12:47pm

Hi Fabrice,

I use your function. But what happens if the searchstring does not exist in the text?

Jaap Lips, Oud-Beijerland
August 17, 2017 3:10am

Hi Jaap,
you're correct. I updated it here so it returns empty.


Fabrice Nordmann, Brussels
September 02, 2017 12:25am

Hi Fabrice,

It works great now!
Thank you!

Jaap Lips, Oud-Beijerland
September 05, 2017 12:39am

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