How to split cells in Excel: Text to Columns, Flash Fill and formulas

How do you split a cell in Excel? By using the Text to Columns feature, Flash Fill, formulas or Split Text tool. This tutorial outlines all the options to help you choose the technique best suited for your particular task.

Generally, you may need to divide cells in Excel in two cases. Most often, when you import data from some external source where all information is in one column while you want it in separate columns. Or, you may want to separate cells in an existing table for better filtering, sorting or a detailed analysis.

How to split cells in Excel using Text to Columns

The Text to Columns feature comes in really handy when you need to divide a single cell into two or more cells in Excel 2016, 2013, 2010 and earlier. It allows splitting text strings by a specified delimiter such as comma, semicolon or space as well as separating substrings of a fixed length. Let's see how each scenario works.

How to separate cells in Excel by delimiter

Suppose, you have a list of participants where a participant name, country and expected arrival date are all in the same column:
Data in one cell to be split into several cells

What we want is to separate data in one cell into several cells such as First Name, Last Name, Country, Arrival Date and Status. To have it done, perform the following steps:

  1. If you want to put the split cells in the middle of your table, start by inserting a new column(s) to avoid overwriting your existing data.

    In this example, we have inserted 3 new columns like shown in the screenshot below:
    Insert a new column(s) to avoid overwriting your existing data.
    If you don't have any data next to the column you want to separate, skip this step.

  2. Select the cells you want to divide, navigate to the Data tab > Data Tools group, and click the Text to Columns button.
    Click Text to Columns on the Data tab.
  3. In the first step of the Convert Text to Columns wizard, you choose how to split cells - by delimiter or width.

    In our case, the cell contents are separated with spaces and commas, so we select Delimited, and click Next.
    Choose how to separate cells - by delimiter or width.

  4. In the next step, you specifythe delimiters and, optionally, text qualifier.

    You can choose one or more predefined delimiters as well as type your own one in the Other box. In this example, we select Space and Comma:
    Choose one or more predefined delimiters or type your own one.


    • Treat consecutive delimiters as one. Be sure to select this option when your data may contain two or more delimiters in a row, e.g. when there are a few consecutive spaces between words or the data is separate by a comma and a space, like "Smith, John".
    • Specifying the text qualifier. Use this option when some text is enclosed in single or double quotes, and you'd like such portions of text to be inseparable. For example, if you choose a comma (,) as the delimiter and a quotation mark (") as the text qualifier, then any words enclosed in double quotes, e.g. "California, USA", will be put into one cell as California, USA. If you select {none} as the text qualifier, then "California will be distributed into one cell (together with an opening quotation mark) and USA" into another (together with a closing mark).
    • Data preview. Before you click the Next button, it stands to reason to scroll through the Data preview section to make sure Excel has split all cells contents right.
  5. Just two more things are left for you to do - choose the data format and specify where you want to paste split data:
    • Data format. By default, the General format is set for all columns, which works well in most cases. In our example, we need the Data format for the arrival dates. To change the data format for a particular column, click on that column under Data preview to select it, and then choose one of the formats under Column data format (please see the screenshot below).
    • Destination. To tell Excel where you want to output the separated data, click the Collapse Dialog icon Collapse Dialog button next to the Destination box and select the top-leftmost cell of the destination range, or type a cell reference directly in the box. Please be very careful with this option, and make sure there are enough empty columns right to the destinaton cell.
      Set the desired format for split cells.

    • If you do not want to import some column that appears in the data preview, select that column and check Do not import column (skip) radio button under Column data format.
    • It is not possible to import the split data to another spreadsheet or workbook. If you attempt to do this, you will get the invalid destination error.
  6. Finally, click the Finish button and you are done! As shown in the below screenshot, Excel has perfectly split the contents of one cell into several cells:
    Data in one cell is split into several cells.

How to split text of a fixed width

This section explains how to divide a cell in Excel based on the number of characters you specify. To make things easier to understand, please consider the following example.

Supposing, you have Product IDs and Product names in one column and you want to extract the IDs into a separate column:
Product IDs and Product names to be separated into 2 columns

Since all of the product IDs contain 9 characters, the Fixed width option fits perfectly for the job:

  1. Start the Convert Text to Columns wizard as explained in the above example. In the first step of the wizard, choose Fixed width and click Next.
    Choose Fixed width and click Next.
  2. Set the width of each column by using the Data preview section. As shown in the screenshot below, a vertical line represents a column break, and to create a new break line, you simply click at the desired position (9 characters in our case):
    Set the columns' widths using the data preview section.
    To remove the break, double-click a line; to move a break in another position, simply drag the line with the mouse.
  3. In the next step, choose the data format and destination for the split cells exactly as we did in the previous example, and click the Finish button to complete the separation.

How to separate cells Excel 2013, 2016 and 2019 with Fill Flash

If you use any version of Excel 2013 to Excel 2019, you can benefit from the Flash Fill feature that can not only automatically populate cells with data, but also split cell contents.

Let's take a column of data from our first example and see how Excels' Flash Fill can help us split a cell in half:

  1. Insert a new column next to the column with the original data and type the desired part of the text in the first cell (participant name in this example).
  2. Type the text in a couple more cells. As soon as Excel senses a pattern, it will populate similar data into other cells automatically. In our case, it's taken 3 cells for Excel to figure out a pattern:
    Separate cells in Excel 2013, 2016 and 2019 with Flash Fill.
  3. If you are happy with what you see, press the Enter key, and all the names will be copied to a separate column at once.

How to split cell in Excel with formulas

Whatever diverse information your cells may contain, a formula to split a cell in Excel boils down to finding a position of the delimiter (comma, space, etc.) and extracting a substring before, after or in-between the delimiters. Generally, you'd use SEARCH or FIND functions to determine the delimiter's location and one of the Text functions (LEFT, RIGHT or MID) to get a substring.

For example, you'd use the following formulas to split data in cell A2 separated with a comma and space (please see the screenshot below):

To extract the name in B2:
=LEFT(A2, SEARCH(",",A2)-1)

To extract the country in C2:

Divide a cell in Excel using formulas

For the detailed explanation of the logic and more formula examples to divide cells in Excel, please check out the following resources:

Split cells using Split Text feature

Now that you are familiar with the inbuilt features, let me show you an alternative way to split cells in Excel. I mean the Split Text tool included with our Ultimate Suite for Excel. It can perform the following operations:

  • Split cell by character
  • Split cell by string
  • Split cell by mask (pattern)

For example, splitting the participant details in one cell into several cells can be done in 2 quick steps:

  1. Select the cells you want to separate, and click the Split Text icon on the Ablebits Data tab, in the Text
    The Split Text tool
  2. On the Split Text pane, configure the following options:
    • Under Split by character, select Comma and Space as the delimiters.
    • Select the Treat consecutive delimiters as one check box.
    • Under Choose how to split cells, select Split to columns.
    • Click the Split button.

    Splitting cells by comma and space as the delimiters

Done! Four new columns with the split data are inserted between the original columns, and you only need to give those columns appropriate names:

The original cells are split into 4 separate columns.


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150 responses to "How to split cells in Excel: Text to Columns, Flash Fill and formulas"

  1. Ashok Kumar says:

    We have two excel sheets having salary values with badge id's,both the badge id's contains alpha numeric but numeric. We have to pull the values from sheet #2 to Sheet #1 by using formula,please advise

    Example :
    Sheet#1 : ASDF123 (Badge ID)
    Sheet#2 : FDSA123 (Badge ID)

  2. Karthik says:

    Thank you for this article. It helped me a lot in my work. Really appreciate this.

  3. Shawna says:

    Hi Your article is great. I'm trying to use this information to split up address but the lenght of the street numbers are names are not uniform. Here is data below. Any idea of what formula i can use to put street number, street name in separate columns?

    Address Street Number Street Name Street Type
    340 Pinemont Rd. Ne
    11414 83 Ave.
    10210 91 St.
    2 Hillman Close
    37 Carswell Rd. S E
    207 10 Ave. SE
    220 3Rd. Ave. W
    4607 45 Ave.
    4425 5 St. E

  4. venkatesh says:

    hai shawna

    My name is venkatesh i am working at some office i have problem in excel sheet that is in that excel sheet contain only one cell somany charaters involved in that cell. in the sense a cell contain a,b,c,d, but i need to convert a singlecolumn data in the sense A
    D if you know please help me and give screen shots

    • Hello Venkatesh,

      I do not exactly understand what you are trying to achieve. If you want to replace commas with line breaks, then select all the cells you want to change, press Ctrl+H, enter comma (or semicolon) in the 'Find What' field, put the cursor in the 'Replace With' field and press Ctrl+J.

      If you need to change the lowercase to uppercase, please check out this article 4 ways for changing case in Excel.

      • Wind says:

        I'm guessing, what he's trying to achieve is to separate characters from 1 cell into several columns.

        abcde (1 cell) -> a | b | c | d | e (5 cells/columns)

        My suggestion:
        LEFT(), RIGHT() functions (with relation to LEN() & SEARCH() function).. Google them.

  5. dhananjayan says:

    This is an excellent article. The best thing are the screenshots that explain all the steps. Thank you very much.

  6. chakravarti says:

    i am unable to do the split cells in open office excel sheet how to do it can you give the examples sir.

  7. Phil says:


    I seem to get an error message when using the formulas =MID(A2, SEARCH(",",A2) + 2, SEARCH(",",A2,SEARCH(",",A2)+2) - SEARCH(",",A2) - 2) and also =RIGHT(A2,LEN(A2) - SEARCH(",", A2, SEARCH(",", A2) + 1)).

    It states there are too many arguments

    • Phil says:

      Just to note, I am trying to seperate three words with comma's and no spaces in cell A2. example - Joe,Bloggs,1998

      • Hi Phil,

        Your second formula is correct. But for some reason it contains long dashes instead of the minus sign, and curly quotes instead of smart quotes. This sometimes happens when copying formulas from the web. Just fix this and the formula =RIGHT(A2,LEN(A2) - SEARCH(",", A2, SEARCH(",", A2) + 1)) will work fine.

        As for the first formula, you have to replace +2 with +1 and -2 with -1, because your data does not contain spaces like in my example. So here's the correct formula for your data:
        =MID(A2, SEARCH(",",A2) + 1, SEARCH(",",A2,SEARCH(",",A2)+1) - SEARCH(",",A2) - 1)

  8. S Uma says:

    one row with column data contains sequence 'COI-CLP-COI-FDT988/1200-CLC11200-COU-FD425'
    another row with column data contains 'CLC1200-COU'
    I want this sequence to be split and post under appropriate column
    example :

    Row Sequence COI FDSC CLSC DX F425
    ROW1 COI-FDSC-CLSC-DX-F425-COI-DX 2 1 1 2 1
    ROW2 CLSC-DX-COI 1 1 1

  9. suraj kumar bharti says:

    suraj,kumar,bharti LEFT(A2, FIND(",",A2)-1) , =MID(A2, FIND(",",A2) + 2, FIND(",",A2,FIND(",",A2)+2) - FIND(",",A2) - 2) , =RIGHT(A2,LEN(A2) - FIND(",", A2, FIND(",", A2) + 1))

  10. jeroen says:

    I have a question on my data set. I have a bunch of addresses in a data file, but these addresses come from another data source and have been split by an enter (alt-enter in excel). I am looking for a way to split the data based on this enter and have been unsuccessful thusfar. I hope there is any formula to do this, but I fear I'll have to manually insert a ; everywhere to split it.

    What do I mean:
    In Excel if I enlarge my function box (the one in the top where you insert your data) I can see the address perfectly split by enters having a new line for each part of the adress..
    11 Mosside Drive
    IV12 5PN

    unfortunately in the excel field below this is shown as one large string of text..
    "11 Mosside DriveTradesparkNairnIV12 5PN"
    Only showing spaces where there are any in a single line.

    Is there any way I could split this based on the enters given? or is my only option to split this one manually??

    Thanks for the help!

  11. Martin says:


    I am trying to split cells in excel. The tricky part is that I need to split differently per line. See example below.

    Line 1 should be split this way:

    x xe cr 0654 120096 0635 204109 DDDD

    Line 2 should be split this way:

    p p6s cr 0651 122296 0022 204109 EEEE

    I would truly appreciate any help here.


    • Hello Martin,

      If you need to split the odd lines in one way, and the even lines in the other, you can do the following:

      1. Insert two helper columns into your table. Let's name the 1st column – ID, the 2nd – ODD.

      Type in 1 in the first cell and 2 in the second cell of the ID column. Select both cells and drag the fill handle (a small black square in the bottom right corner of the selected cell) down to auto fill the rest of the column with consecutive numbers 1,2,3,4 etc. For more details about using Excel's AutoFill feature, please see this article:

      2. In the first cell of the ODD column enter the formula =mod(F2,2), where F2 is the first cell in the ID column.

      3. Copy the formula to the other cells in your table, see here for a quick way:

      4. Sort your table first by the ODD column, then by the ID column.

      5. Split the upper part of your table in one way, the lower part in the other one.

      6. Sort the original table + the results of splitting by the ID column. As a result, you'll get the table where the rows are the same as in the original table.

      7. Delete the helper columns.

      Hope this is the result you are looking for.

  12. Mario says:


    Thank you for this article, in which a deep understanding and diligent attitude can be shown.

    I got, however, a problem, that remains unsolved (or I overlooked the solution), though it seems to be quite simple, or at least can be well defined. It goes like this:

    There is a column (let's say column A), containing some technical descriptions, no more then 100 characters long, but some of these descriptions can even be as short as only one word. Just a common characters collection, like alpha, numbers, slashes, dashes, spaces etc. Nothing special there. What I need to do is to split it into 3 columns (say columns B,C,D) of no more then 35 characters each; (content of these columns will then serve another application as subsequent lines of descriptions). Up to now it's pretty simple, but I don't like to have it split in a way that words are cut in half, but rather split it at where spaces can be found. So we can define rules (just for the 1st splitting, for subsequent could be easily transposed):
    1. splitting should occur at space directly before 36th character in column A,
    2. if there is no space between, let's say, 20th and 36th character in column A, splitting should occur after 35th character,
    3. if there's less then 35 characters in column A, then column B = column A, column C is just empty (I mean no things like #ARG!, #VALUE! etc.)

    I would be grateful if you could direct me towards the proper attitude to such a task.

    Thank you again,

  13. Shane says:


    What a fantastic article, very informative and well written.

    I do have a problem with the text to columns feature; when splitting a column containing numbers with leading zero's, they zero's are removed in the final output columns.

    For example 'ABC.005.001' is split to 'ABC', '5', '1'. I am missing the leading zeros, ideally the output should be 'ABC', '005', '001'.

    I have tried setting the columns to text format but still no luck!



    • Hi Shane,

      Thank you for your kind words, Shane.

      It looks strange, I tried to reproduce the issue using your example, everything worked correctly in Excel 2013. Please try to set the format of the columns where you will insert data as Text beforehand, and also set the Text format for all columns in the "Text to columns" wizard.

      If this doesn't work for you, please send a sample workbook with your data to and we will try to help.

  14. amandeep says:

    i have huge data were different format with the combination of alfanumrci samle as below just want sapration these data


    Can you help me on this

  15. chris catling says:


    Having looked through how you have solved so many others problems I hope you can help me!

    I have been importing a table from a website and written quite a bit of excel logic after that import. Problem is the website has now changed and is now no longer an importable table!

    This means the data input from the website now comes into 1 cell of data in one string.

    The data is delimited by an increasing number i.e. 1ChrisCatling2VickyCatling3JamesCatling...
    Can I use the Text to Columns wizard by specifying a number (which is obviously changing) so for example to display
    1 Chris Catling
    2 Vicky Catling
    3 James Catling

  16. Linda T says:

    Your article is fantastic - however - I seem to have a bit of a different issue - not sure if it can be done or not
    I have a txt file, opened in excel, and I was able to create 2 columns from 1 so that I have a start to what I want to accomplish:
    DTSTART 2010103108000
    DTEND 2010103109000
    and the pattern repeats

    Is there anyway I can create separate columns labeled BEGIN DTSTART DTEND DESCRIPTION (from column A)
    and have the info from Column B then fill in the appropriate column?

  17. N J Prabhu says:

    Thank you very much for this Fantastic tutorial,.
    Looking forward for your help to resolve the following.
    I have a table as attached below
    3043 ISACN-194 ISA   MATHEW PV
    3045 ISACN-196 ISA   BABY JOSEPH
    3046 ISACN-197 ISA   ABBAS

    in each serial no, the address field is in three rows in single colmn. I have to get this adress column to be split in three seperate columns. means 1,4,7,10 etc in a col and 2,5,8,11 etc in another coloumn and 3,6,9 12 etc in another one.
    pls give a formulae for this.
    thank u

  18. Reena says:

    How to remove 91 from phone list . see below details for your references

    91 281 3018308
    91 0281 3018227
    91 0281 3018325
    91 812 87482

  19. Anonymous says:

    how to insert cell within a cell

  20. B G Chandra Shekar says:

    Hi Svetlana,

    I have a problem. in one cell i have entered a text, i need to insert a text from another sheet in between.

    data in cell "( City/Centre:__________________)"

    now i want to insert from another sheet a text data or a numeric data which should be as shown below.

    Data in cell after inserting "(Centre / City :_________Bangalore____)"

    The word bangalore should also be underlined.

    Can this be done. if so how to do it. it will be very helpfull in my work.


    Chandra shekar

  21. ms.lee says:

    would like to ask if i created a file as text file, i open with excel.
    all the contents in the sheet is in the same column, may i know how can i make it in separate column as what i read in adobe or our system ?
    Ie :
    ACCOUNT : 111 AREA : bbb1


    00000000 CHIC.FLOSS 1KG-ORI(HALAL) 5 37.90 189.50

    its look like in different column, but its not. all the content was in the same column and the content is not in order,difficulty for us to edit the content which it suppose to be in separate column.

  22. Mrs N says:

    I would like to know how to split cells horizontally. Is it possible, I know I can do it in a Word document but can't work out if it is possible in Excel.
    I have a spreadsheet with each line for columns A to N with a height of 84.0 (112 pixels). From columns O to W I would like to half the height to 42.0 (56 pixels).

    Is that something that can be done?
    BTW thanks for the above article, I have learnt something I will be able to use.

  23. Mukesh kumar kashyap says:

    How to separate text and number.


    • Alexander says:

      If you always have three numbers to the right, then use these formulas:
      Text: =left(A2,len(A2)-3)
      Numbers: =right(A2, 3)

      Where A is the column with the source data.

      Enter the formulas into two columns and copy them down to the end of the source data.

      If the number of digits after text can be different, then you need a VBA macro to fulfill this task, the formula will be too long.

  24. Ann says:

    I am utilizing google doc, which the responses are downloaded into an excel format of google sheets. In one of the cells, there are about three product names listed. I am needing to detect if there are mutiple words within the cell, and automatically separate them, while copying all of the other information in 5 other cells. The separation needs to be vertical, not horizontal on the spreadsheet. Please advise and thank you in advance.

  25. praveen says:

    thanks for your information, i have one dought one sentence in
    one column that is "branch, sno, subject, name, city" in this question i want in A column "sno", B column "branch", and C-"subject", D-"city", E-"branch". Please suggest how it is solved.

  26. Harishkumar says:

    Hai i am harish in want two answer first how can i divided in this number 1(23)345 like 1 23 345 in three column kindly in use right left and mid formulas

    secend how can i convert in number to word in excel

  27. BJ Pugh says:

    This is great stuff, but I have one that I can't figure out and would love some input. I have a column that includes numbers and dates. I need to move the date rows to a new column:

    TUE, MAR 24, 2015
    WED, MAR 18, 2015
    TUE, MAR 17, 2015
    FRI, MAR 13, 2015
    THU, MAR 12, 2015
    WED, MAR 11, 2015

    Any ideas on how I can do this? I can't event select the date fields and do a copy and paste because it doesn't leave them in the same row...

  28. Praveen Rana says:

    Pls help me that in excel can it possible that i want fill a column figure and the next two or three column auto fill with special text (for example if i fill in column A value 100 and column B & C auto filled "PAID"

  29. karthik says:


    I want to know the formula how to separate from the below format

    duLocatorId:[Dom Ult has been subscribed already with Locator 1001034331.],
    guLocatorId:[Global Ult has been subscribed already with Locator 1001034331.],

    I need to separate the organization id to next column, format might be different
    Any ideas on how I can do this?

    thanks in advance

  30. Siva says:

    This is my sheet.

    And i need to achieve like this.
    aaaaa 111111
    bbbbbb 2222222
    cccccccc 33333333
    ddddddd 44444444

  31. Nadeem says:

    You are great and doing good job, Svetlana Cheusheva

  32. Nadeem says:

    Hi Siva

    you can use formula =CONCATENATE(A1,B1)
    Like A1 is aaaa and B1 has 111111 so the result should be aaaaa 11111

  33. Mary Jane says:

    Are you saying that Excel cells cannot be split the same way they can be split in Word?

  34. Rohan Singh says:

    Hi Svetlana Cheusheva,

    You are simply Awesome in Your job! The way you defined things in order excellent! Thanks

  35. Jedd says:

    Hi! What shall I do with my document I want that my first column will see the column j. I find it hard to see the document I need to edit.

  36. manabendra says:

    how to split or deviation one cell

  37. Dinesh patel says:

    Dived village & po

  38. Ratanak says:

    How to split 1 cell data to 2 cell data, Ex: A01M01 => A01 / M01

  39. Frank says:

    Thank YOU !!

  40. Syed Basha says:

    Hi Team,
    I need to split the data and get texts starts with INC and CRQ separately.
    GERP Evolve services - Consumption report June-November 2013 Ann Schroyens € 2,028.22 CRQ700000956750 € 126.74 CRQ700000974595 € 548.04 CRQ700000999790 € 1,005.47 INC700023629023 € 27.88 INC700023661405 € 27.88 INC700023737013 € 139.64 INC700024270751 € 27.91 INC700024290887 € 27.91 INC700024386325 € 27.91 INC700024386855 € 27.91 INC700024506369 € 27.91 INC700024622160 € 13.01 Diego Ferreira € 55.83 INC700024445871 € 27.91 INC700024445922 € 27.91 Evert Vannoppen € 3,075.83 CRQ700000968131 € 3,075.83 Jarod Lee € 40.48 INC700023507897 € 40.48 Pascal Hereng € 186.42 CRQ700000927347 € 186.42 Timmy Torfs € 885.47 CRQ700000855850 € 885.47

  41. Euan Wheeler says:

    I am looking to split a cell that contains for example,

    Linear Dimension (3.60 +0.04,-0.04)

    My goal is to split this one cell into 5 different cells containing

    Linear Dimension, 3.60, 0.04, -0.04 & 0.08

    The last being the difference between the upper and lower limits.

    Thank you!

  42. Ganesh says:

    "This amazing 3D light is safe, comforting, cordless and is loved by kids and adults alike!. Looks great on or off. Never gets hot to touch

    $Features & Functions$
    $Material: Plastic/LED bulb$
    $LED bulb included$
    $Design Origin: Canada$
    $License: Nickelodeon$
    $ Product Dimensions:L 48cm x W 25.5cm x H 25.5cm$
    $Product Weight: 1.78 kg"

    Please help me to split the above in to different cells separting at "$"

  43. Jackie says:

    I have successfully split my text from numbers but I am now unable to format the numbers column, e.g. change to currency, add the column of numbers etc.

  44. raznie says:

    Dear, I have big amount of data regarding clients address. I was provided with 4 lines of address lines from the old system which we want to migrate into new system but he requirement is one address line should not be more than 30 characters.Usually people cramming most words in address line 1 and address line 4 is usually empty. How can I split the address among those 4 lines which each lines should not be more than 30 characters and without changing the meaning of the words?
    Thank you in advance.

  45. CharlesW says:

    Good morning or evening.
    I have a 2013 xlsx data sheet that one of the columns contains many characters per row. I need to import this data into a 3rd party software that limits that cell size to 60.
    I need to reduce each row's cell to 60 and then move the the next remaining 60 characters to the row below the first set of 60.
    Basically I am truncating the line and moving data to the next cell below the first cell.
    I am not sure how to do this task. The spreadsheet is 51 k lines and I hope to not to have to touch each line individually.

    Thank you for your consideration

  46. Manzar Jabbar Khan says:


    need help, I have one coloum with numbers (123456), alpha-numeric (assd34df234). All these are in single coloum, say it "B". I want to separate them into other coloums.
    this is my data

    I want them in different coloums as per their type.

    thank you.

  47. Joe says:

    hi I need help
    Is there anyway that Excel can split a single Cell in Half Vertically ??


  48. Jai says:


    I want to know,how it possible are breaking excel cell in 2 part.

  49. Nani says:

    Hello Svetlana...

    I have the data with alpha numeric like (RAVI MLKD 300 DD 93 KP 8.9 GG RT NI)
    from that i need the data before first numeric character (That is before 3).
    Ex: i want to split (RAVI MLKD ).

  50. Pritesh Bhatt says:

    Dear Svetlana,

    We have data like 19 / 10 / 2011 and we just want only mid character. Please guide how to do it using formula. Please note that the given data are text format and values not dates..

    Awaiting ur reply


  51. Du Nguyen says:

    I have a problem with the text is too big in a cell. The max. row height is 409 and text length is 3,147 chars in column "C"; let say Cells(19, "C"). How can I split this cells into multiple cells, maybe 3 or 4 cells so I can read the text. For example Cells(19, "C") with text length of 800 chars. Cells(20, "C") with the same length and Cells(21, "C") and so on until I can read the whole text by using
    Rows(index).EntireRow.Insert, etc.
    Please let me know.
    Thanks for your help,

  52. Joylan Andrade says:

    Hi, I have a query.

    From one of my reports, I get the name and employee number together in the same field. How can I separate the name and employee number?
    For example, in my report, I get the following:
    Assigned To
    Joylan Andrade G920526
    Rahul Dravid G456789

    But I want to split the cell to show Name separately and Employee Number separately and I want to do it for a list of names in the report.
    It should look like:
    Name Employee Number
    Joylan Andrade G920526
    Rahul Dravid G456789

    Please let me know if you can help :)

  53. Sam says:

    How to split it a column and save into multiple spreadsheet?

  54. Tom says:

    I want separate text from number in Microsoft 2007

  55. sameer says:

    i want to split a single cell in to two column
    how can possible

  56. Balaswamy says:

    As i am exporting data from customised software to excel the work orders looks like
    30\EE-III\2016-17 1st part bill and
    30\EE-III\2016-17 2nd part bill
    now i want to remove 1st part bill using formula. at present i am using cursor to remove. please help ASAP

  57. John says:

    Superb article - managed to use the formulae so don't have to convert text to columns from a pivot every week!

  58. raju says:

    how to split only number into that text(Hoshangabad121904Hasalpur)

  59. Rupesh Sahu says:


    How to take
    In a Column 1-34,37-41,49-59,61-90,97-103,109-115
    In next column 35-36,42-48,60,91-96,104-108,116-120
    and in next column 121-144

    Help me if you have any suggestion.

  60. ratha says:

    How to extract number from text

  61. G.V. Narayana Murthy says:

    In excel one is A B C D E another is 1 2 3 4 5, now i request u how to seperate lines 1 to 5 are mixed.

    pl. explain in excel sheet.

  62. Laxmi rajoriya says:


    i have a question for excle...
    how can divide a single call into two parts.

    please help


  63. CHETAN PATEL says:


    when I select product name in Colum-A(Product name)and auto data input in Colum-B (Product Rate), Colum-C (Product Part No),

  64. Yusuf says:

    In One Cell I have putted the 3 dates Together (Eg 03-12-16/02-01-2017/2-12-16) and in another sheet I only want the Date which is the latest What I have to do please Help me out

  65. Mikyla says:

    How do I split text paragraph content into cells?
    I have the following text (questions and answers) in one cell and would like each question and answer to become it's own cell in a column. Is this possible? Can I for example get the "Project Goal" and its answer into a different cell either to the right or below?


    Understand unique factors in shopping for "high consideration" items, across categories.

    Could also hit bundling and DEX / delivery notification issues.


    How do customers shop for high-consideration items?

    [Please include any milestones, launch dates, dependencies.]

    None. Discovery oriented project.

    [If high, why?]



  66. ali says:

    hello there,
    I have a text which I paste on excel but the problem is the text contains space in the beginning for example:

    I want it to be like this

    I know text to column with fixed width will fix this but I need a formula to arrange this file to start from the beginning

    best regards,

  67. ali says:



  68. kiran says:

    how to creat formila column to text in excel

  69. Ig Olivier says:

    Good day

    How do I split column that has 2 different data, into 2.
    Here is an example :

    Green apples 5KG AVAILABLE
    Green apples 7KG SOLD
    Red apples 3KG SOLD
    Green apples 2KG SOLD
    Red apples 9KG AVAILABLE
    Red apples 15KG SOLD

    I want to create excel spreadsheet with 2 separate coulombs for AVAILABLE and SOLD.


    • Good day to you too,

      well, if you want to use the formulas, let's suppose that your data is in Sheet2, column A.

      You could try this formula in Sheet1 column A (A1, and then copy the formula down):

      and this in Sheet1 column B:

      Then you will only need to delete empty cells.
      Hope this helps!

  70. james says:


    How do i split the following cells into separate cells using a formula.
    I have managed to get the far left and right values but I'm struggling to extract the two center values. I'm at a loss with this. Will highly appreciate any help. I know i can use text to columns but this isn't ideal.


  71. Vaibhav M says:

    Hi Team,

    first thank you .

    I have different no in column a b c d f with blank cell, wan't arrange all no in one column accept blank cell . Please suggest

  72. Raj says:

    Dear Friends

    Please help in Excel Sheet

    Cell 1 Cell 2 Answer
    123 456 123456

    Kindly provide Formula

  73. Rob M. says:

    Is there a way to split up a blank cell more than twice, giving one more than 4 boxes in 1? I need to have around 6 blank boxes in one cell, almost like a mini-table to indicate 6 different numbers in one cell. I have used the format cells function and so far the most I can get is two divisions in one box but I need 3 or 4.

    Thank you for your time.

  74. santosh says:

    its very helpfull for us lots of time reduced, thank you very much

  75. ayn says:

    I have a names list of 600 people. Somehow text to column does not work to seperate them, actually it only works for people with 3 names for some reason. please help me. thanks.

    • Hello,

      I'd recommend you to have a look at our Split Names tool that can help you to detach different parts of the names and place them in separate columns. The add-in comes as a part of our Ultimate Suite for Excel. You can download and install the fully functional 14-day trial version of Ultimate Suite using this direct link. After installation, you'll find the Split Names tool in the Transform section under the Ablebits Tools tab.

      If you don't get the result you need, then you can send us a small sample workbook with your source data and the result you want to achieve. We'll look into your task and try to find a better solution.
      Please shorten your table to 10-20 rows / columns and email it to Please also don't forget to include the link to your comment in the email.

      Thank you.

  76. widya says:

    Pls help how to change 20180320 to 20.03.2018 with function concatenate combine with right,mid & left .

  77. Kody says:

    can you help me please how to separate a text from the cell
    for example i have a cell 2Aa0;8x2;Fc< and how can i separate the text "Aa" and "Fc" from the cell by a function.

    Thank you

  78. bala says:

    how to spit in one cell name is A

  79. Raffy says:

    Is it possible to separate January-Mar to values January, February, March?


  80. ASAD HASSAN says:

    Thank You for this information, i am enjoying flash function for my validation purpose and i am enjoying learning new things.

    Thanks again for all the hard work you have done

  81. Rajesh shekhawat says:


    can you please help me to split my data as these are in this format.
    Base Data
    aaa-gg1tttttttttttttt/01 Term Insurance Acc/45125 12 july 1999
    aaa-gg1kkkkkkkkkk/02 Family Insurance Acc/45126 12 july 1998
    aaa-gg1tttttttttttttt/03 Flotter Familly Insurance Acc/45129 12 july 1996
    aaa-gg1kkkkkkkkkk/03 Fixed Insurance Acc/45130 12 july 1992

    and split required like this.
    column1 aaa-gg1tttttttttttttt/01 column 2 Term Insurance Column3 Acc/45125 Column4 12 july 1999

  82. MIDHIN C R says:

    Hi svetlana madam,

    i need your help for solve this problem

    Stock require and Allocation details

    branch name item required qty Sock allocation(need this column calculation formula)
    branch 1 computer 50 55
    branch 2 mouse 10 0
    branch 3 printer 15 200
    branch 4 lap top 20 0
    branch 5 computer 25 =55-50
    branch 6 keyboard 30 0
    branch 7 mobile 35 0
    branch 8 tablet 40 0
    branch 9 mobile cover 45 0
    branch 10 tablet cover 50 0
    branch 11 printer 55 =200-15

    Stock on godown
    item qty
    computer 55
    printer 200

    please help As early as possible.....

    with regards

  83. MIDHIN C R says:

    Hi svetlana madam,

    i need your help for solve this problem

    stock on godown computer "55nos" printer "200nos"

    some branches need computer and printer example

    branch1 need computer "50nos"

    branch5 need computer "25nos"

    branch8 need computer "5nos"

    we want show our stock details in next cell, i'm used vlookup formula but here showing full stock details "55nos"

    i need branch1 show "55" stock, branch5 show "(55-50=5)" and brnach8 show "zero" stock

    please help me early as possible


  84. Ramakrishnan says:

    need a formula to split the address in 4 cells that should not exceed more than 25 characters and minimum should be 3 characters
    For Ex:
    45/232A Nehru street Block 5G Kamaraj Building Hyderadad

  85. Shiv says:

    How can do in one excel cell given below

    Reasons for decrease:

    Reasons for Increase

    Variation Explained - "

  86. Ramoncito Mondigo says:

    What if i have:
    100.00% Owned AS,100.00% Owned GU,100.00% Owned MP,100.00% Owned PR,100.00% Owned UM,100.00% Owned US,100.00% Owned VI,100.00% Owned BR,100.00% Owned BR,100.00% Owned AS,100.00% Owned BR,100.00% Owned GU,100.00% Owned MP,100.00% Owned PR,100.00% Owned UM,100.00% Owned US,100.00% Owned VI
    And i want it to separate to columns: 100(1st column) AS GU MP PR UM US VI(2nd column) 100(3rd) BR(4th) 100(5th) BR(6th)

    Can u help solve this?

  87. Sharmid says:

    I have did formulas length more than 15,000, couldn't save excel getting error "formula is too long. Formulas may not exceed 8192 character" any chances to overcome this

  88. Nancy says:

    Please help to use only text manipulation (i.e., MID, CONCATENATE, etc.) and/or logical and conditional formulas (i.e., IF, AND, etc.) to populate cells for:
    Product Sales COGS Color Sales COGS Size Sales COGS
    Text details as:

  89. atul says:

    How should I convert the data below (break the text at the mentioned points?
    Q1. The difference between the local government in India before and after the Constitutional Amendments in 1992:
    1. It has become mandatory to hold regular elections to the local government bodies.
    2. 1/3rd positions are reserved for women.
    3. Elected officials exercise supreme power in the government.
    Select the correct answer using the code given below: (break)
    a. 1 only (Break)
    b. 1 and 2 only (Break)
    c. 1, 2 and 3 (Break)
    d. 2 and 3 only (Break)

    Thanks in advance

  90. Ravindra says:

    Dear Sir/Mam,

  91. Ravindra says:

    Name & No. separation formula.

  92. Nicolas Durand says:

    Dear all,
    I have a document with a lot of cells with each cells several lines of data in it. I am looking of a way to separate the different lines into different cells. How can I do that?

    Buffet breakfast included.
    Free unlimited access to Wild Wadi waterpark™.
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  93. Dan Algama says:

    Dear all,
    Can you please help me to split some numbers from the below listed items?
    112.74|HOURS|||4126949_Draftsperson / Senior CAD Operator - 413841 - NT
    158.32|HOURS|||4400936_Principal Engineer - 417430 - NT
    173.2|HOURS|||3968060_Senior Principal Engineer - 376731 - NT
    I want to get 4126949,4400936 and 3968060.

  94. Ramesh says:

    How do split up the below value using excel formula.
    1. 14"x6" = for this I need the output as like: 14" 6"
    2. 12.50 x 2.50 x 0.50 Inches = for this I need the output as like: 12.50" 2.50" 0.50"

  95. Dee says:

    If we have one cell that can say something like "24 hours, 72 hours, 1 week, 2 weeks, 4 weeks, 8 weeks, 12 weeks" (there can be many different possibilities in this cell), is there a way to display results in multiple cells of that same row, but instead of just displaying the words "24 hours", "1 week", etc, we need it to instead display an actual date in those multiple cells, each cell calculating the actual date based on another cell ("Start Date" field which is a date field), so one cell would display the date that is 24 hours after the Start Date, the next cell would display the date that is 72 hours after the Start Date, the next cell would display the date that is 1 week after the Start Date, and so forth and so on. I'm thinking this can either be calculated out before or after doing the text-to-columns thing? Ideally calculated out DURING the text-to-columns thing so it is done in one fell swoop. Does this make sense?

  96. RAVINDRANATH says:


  97. Siva says:

    Can you spilt this data

  98. Manthan says:

    Thanks for your guidance.
    My query is,
    (6) AHMEDABAD - H.O. ABC BANK 557912314585
    (6) AHMEDABAD - HO XYZ BANK LTD 00678787800073
    (6) AHMEDABAD-H.O. CBI 371010101070
    (6) AHMEDABAD-H.O. PQR BANK 015784512300
    (6) AHMEDABAD-H.O. ABC 50987654321002

    SO how to separate only numbers in above date as data is not in same structure?

  99. Balagopal says:

    Dear Team,
    Please sort out the issues in excel

    I have the data for
    I want to sort out the data

    Please clear the issues

  100. Ranjini says:

    I am impressed with your article. In my data set, I have 15 order numbers and names separated by ";".
    Example (Dummy data with only 4 order numbers ans names) in cell A1
    How do I split the above cell in different columns and rows?
    Let me know if i need to provide other details.
    Thank you for your help:)

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