How to split text string in Excel by comma, space, character or mask

The tutorial explains how to split cells in Excel using formulas and the Split Text feature. You will learn how to separate text by comma, space or any other delimiter, and how to split strings into text and numbers.

Splitting text from one cell into several cells is the task all Excel users are dealing with once in a while. In one of our earlier articles, we discussed how to split cells in Excel using the Text to Column feature, Flash Fill and Split Names add-in. Today, we are going to take an in-depth look at how you can split strings using formulas and the Split Text feature.

How to split text in Excel using formulas

To split string in Excel, you generally use the LEFT, RIGHT or MID function in combination with either FIND or SEARCH. At first sight, some of the formulas might look complex, but the logic is in fact quite simple, and the following examples will give you some clues.

Split string by comma, colon, slash, dash or other delimiter

When splitting cells in Excel, the key is to locate the position of the delimiter within the text string. Depending on your task, this can be done by using either case-insensitive SEARCH or case-sensitive FIND. Once you have the delimiter's position, use the RIGHT, LEFT or MID function to extract the corresponding part of the text string. For better understanding, let's consider the following example.

Supposing you have a list of SKUs of the Item-Color-Size pattern, and you want to split the column into 3 separate columns:
Splitting the source text strings into 3 columns

  1. To extract the item name (all characters before the 1st hyphen), insert the following formula in B2, and then copy it down the column:

    =LEFT(A2, SEARCH("-",A2,1)-1)

    In this formula, SEARCH determines the position of the 1st hyphen ("-") in the string, and the LEFT function extracts all the characters left to it (you subtract 1 from the hyphen's position because you don't want to extract the hyphen itself).
    Use the LEFT function to extract the characters before the first hyphen.

  2. To extract the color (all characters between the 1st and 2nd hyphens), enter the following formula in C2, and then copy it down to other cells:

    =MID(A2, SEARCH("-",A2) + 1, SEARCH("-",A2,SEARCH("-",A2)+1) - SEARCH("-",A2) - 1)
    Use the MID function to extract the characters between the 2nd and 3rd hyphens.

    As you probably know, the Excel MID function has the following syntax:

    MID(text, start_num, num_chars)

    Where:

    • text - where to extract the text from.
    • start_num - the position of the first character to extract.
    • num_chars - the number of characters to extract.

    In the above formula, the text is extracted from cell A2, and the other 2 arguments are calculated by using 4 different SEARCH functions:

    • Start number (start_num) is the position of the first hyphen +1:

      SEARCH("-",A2) + 1

    • Number of characters to extract (num_chars): the difference between the position of the 2nd hyphen and the 1st hyphen, minus 1:

      SEARCH("-", A2, SEARCH("-",A2)+1) - SEARCH("-",A2) -1

  3. To extract the size (all characters after the 3rd hyphen), enter the following formula in D2:

    =RIGHT(A2,LEN(A2) - SEARCH("-", A2, SEARCH("-", A2) + 1))

    In this formula, the LEN function returns the total length of the string, from which you subtract the position of the 2nd hyphen. The difference is the number of characters after the 2nd hyphen, and the RIGHT function extracts them.
    (Use the RIGHT function to extract the characters after the 3rd hyphen.

In a similar fashion, you can split column by any other character. All you have to do is to replace "-" with the required delimiter, for example space (" "), slash ("/"), colon (";"), semicolon (";"), and so on.

Tip. In the above formulas, +1 and -1 correspond to the number of characters in the delimiter. In this example, it's a hyphen (1 character). If your delimiter consists of 2 characters, e.g. a comma and a space, then supply only the comma (",") to the SEARCH function, and use +2 and -2 instead of +1 and -1.

How to split string by line break in Excel

To split text by space, use formulas similar to the ones demonstrated in the previous example. The only difference is that you will need the CHAR function to supply the line break character since you cannot type it directly in the formula.

Supposing, the cells you want to split look similar to this:
The cells to be split by spaces.

Take the formulas from the previous example and replace a hyphen ("-") with CHAR(10) where 10 is the ASCII code for Line feed.

  • To extract the item name:

    =LEFT(A2, SEARCH(CHAR(10),A2,1)-1)

  • To extract the color:

    =MID(A2, SEARCH(CHAR(10),A2) + 1, SEARCH(CHAR(10),A2,SEARCH(CHAR(10),A2)+1) - SEARCH(CHAR(10),A2) - 1)

  • To extract the size:

    =RIGHT(A2,LEN(A2) - SEARCH(CHAR(10), A2, SEARCH(CHAR(10), A2) + 1))

And this is how the result looks like:
Splitting strings by the space character.

How to split text and numbers in Excel

To begin with, there is no universal solution that would work for all alphanumeric strings. Which formula to use depends on the particular string pattern. Below you will find the formulas for the two common scenarios.

Split string of 'text + number' pattern

Supposing, you have a column of strings with text and numbers combined, where a number always follows text. You want to break the original strings so that the text and numbers appear in separate cells, like this:
Splitting an alphanumeric string to text and number

The result may be achieved in two different ways.

Method 1: Count digits and extract that many chars

The easiest way to split text string where number comes after text is this:

To extract numbers, you search the string for every possible number from 0 to 9, get the numbers total, and return that many characters from the end of the string.

With the original string in A2, the formula goes as follows:

=RIGHT(A2,SUM(LEN(A2) - LEN(SUBSTITUTE(A2, {"0","1","2","3","4","5","6","7","8","9"},""))))

To extract text, you calculate how many text characters the string contains by subtracting the number of extracted digits (C2) from the total length of the original string in A2. After that, you use the LEFT function to return that many characters from the beginning of the string.

=LEFT(A2,LEN(A2)-LEN(C2))

Where A2 is the original string, and C2 is the extracted number, as shown in the screenshot:
A column of strings is split to text and numbers

Method 2: Find out the position of the 1st digit in a string

An alternative solution would be using the following formula to determine the position of the first digit in the string:

=MIN(SEARCH({0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9},A2&"0123456789"))

The detailed explanation of the formula's logic can be found here.

Once the position of the first digit is found, you can split text and numbers by using very simple LEFT and RIGHT formulas.

To extract text:

=LEFT(A2, B2-1)

To extract number:

=RIGHT(B2, LEN(A1)-B2+1)

Where A2 is the original string, and B2 is the position of the first number.
Another way to split 'text-number' strings

To get rid of the helper column holding the position of the first digit, you can embed the MIN formula into the LEFT and RIGHT functions:

Formula to extract text:
=LEFT(A2,MIN(SEARCH({0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9},A2&"0123456789"))-1)

Formula to extract numbers:

=RIGHT(A2,LEN(A2)-MIN(SEARCH({0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9},A2&"0123456789"))+1)

Split string of 'number + text' pattern

If you are splitting cells where text appears after number, you can extract numbers with the following formula:

=LEFT(A2, SUM(LEN(A2) - LEN(SUBSTITUTE(A2, {"0","1","2","3","4","5","6","7","8","9"}, ""))))

The formula is similar to the one discussed in the previous example, except that you use the LEFT function instead of RIGHT to get the number from the left side of the string.

Once you have the numbers, extract text by subtracting the number of digits from the total length of the original string:

=RIGHT(A2,LEN(A2)-LEN(B2))

Where A2 is the original string and B2 is the extracted number, as shown in the screenshot below:

Splitting a column of strings where numbers appear before text

Tip. To get number from any position in the text string, use either this formula or the Extract tool.

This is how you can split strings in Excel using different combinations of different functions. As you see, the formulas are far from obvious, so you may want to download the sample Excel Split Cells workbook to examine them closer.

If figuring out the arcane twists of Excel formulas is not your favorite occupation, you may like the visual method to split cells in Excel, which is demonstrated in the next part of this tutorial.

How to split cells in Excel with the Split Text feature

An alternative way to split a column in Excel is using the Split Text feature included with our Cell Cleaner add-in, which provides the following options:

To make things clearer, let's have a closer look at each option, one at a time.

Split cells by character

Choose this option whenever you want to split the cell contents at each occurrence of the specified character.

For this example, let's the take the strings of the Item-Color-Size pattern that we used in the first part of this tutorial. As you may remember, we separated them into 3 different columns using 3 different formulas. And here's how you can achieve the same result in 2 quick steps:

  1. Assuming you have the Cell Cleaner add-in installed (the trial version can be downloaded here), select the cells to split, and click the Split Text icon on the Ablebits Data tab.
    The Split Text option
  2. The Split Text pane will open on the right side of your Excel window, and you do the following:
    • Expand the Split by character group, and select one of the predefined delimiters or type any other character in the Custom box.
    • Choose whether to split cells to columns or rows.
    • Review the result under the Preview section, and click the Split button.

Splitting a string by the specified character

Tip. If there might be several successive delimiters in a cell (for example, more than one space character), select the Treat consecutive delimiters as one box.

Done! The task that required 3 formulas and 5 different functions now only takes a couple of seconds and a button click.
A column of strings is split into 3 different cells in a button click.

Split cells by string

This option lets you split strings using any combination of characters as a delimiter. Technically, you split a string into parts by using one or several different substrings as the boundaries of each part.

For example, to split a sentence by the conjunctions "and" and "or", expand the Split by strings group, and enter the delimiter strings, one per line:
Splitting cells by strings

As the result, the source phrase is separated at each occurrence of each delimiter:
The source string is separated at each occurrence of each delimiter

Tip. The characters "or" as well as "and" can often be part of words like "orange" or "Andalusia", so be sure to type a space before and after and and or to prevent splitting words.

And here another, real-life example. Supposing you've imported a column of dates from an external source, which look as follows:

5.1.2016 12:20
5.2.2016 14:50

This format is not conventional for Excel, and therefore none of the Date functions would recognize any of the date or time elements. To split day, month, year, hours and minutes into separate cells, enter the following characters in the Split by strings box:

  • Dot (.) to separate day, month, and year
  • Colon (:) to separate hours and minutes
  • Space to separate date and time

Splitting strings by 3 different delimiters

Hit the Split button, and you will immediately get the result:
Day, month, year, hours and minutes appear in separate cells

Split cells by mask (pattern)

Separating a cell by mask means splitting a string based on a pattern.

This option comes in very handy when you need to split a list of homogeneous strings into some elements, or substrings. The complication is that the source text cannot be split at each occurrence of a given delimiter, only at some specific occurrence(s). The following example will make things easier to understand.

Supposing you have a list of strings extracted from some log file:
A list of strings to be split by pattern

What you want is to have date and time, if any, error code and exception details in 3 separate columns. You cannot utilize a space as the delimiter because there are spaces between date and time, which should appear in one column, and there are spaces within the exception text, which should also appear in one column.

The solution is splitting a string by the following mask: *ERROR:*Exception:*

Where the asterisk (*) represents any number of characters.

The colons (:) are included in the delimiters because we don't want them to appear in the resulting cells.

And now, expand the Split by mask section on the Split Text pane, type the mask in the Enter delimiters box, and click Split:
Splitting strings by mask

The result will look similar to this:
The original strings are split into 3 columns.

Note. Splitting string by mask is case-sensitive. So, be sure to type the characters in the mask exactly as they appear in the source strings.

A big advantage of this method is flexibility. For example, if all of the original strings have date and time values, and you want them to appear in different columns, use this mask:

* *ERROR:*Exception:*

Translated into plain English, the mask instructs the add-in to divide the original strings into 4 parts:

  • All characters before the 1st space found within the string (date)
  • Characters between the 1st space and the word ERROR: (time)
  • Text between ERROR: and Exception: (error code)
  • Everything that comes after Exception: (exception text)

Splitting a column of strings into 4 columns

I hope you liked this quick and straightforward way to split strings in Excel. If you are curious to give it a try, here's the trial version to download. And if you are happy with the Split Text performance, you can buy this add-in individually or as part of our Ultimate Suite for Excel. Either way, be sure to grab the 15% off promotion code that we offer exclusively to our blog readers: AB14-BlogSpo

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52 Responses to "How to split text string in Excel by comma, space, character or mask"

  1. subhash says:

    04 particulars in 04 row how we make the one coloumn. in excel
    1
    Name Address mail add phone no.
    Smt Anju Devi Dhanka, IND
    Bassi ( Jaipur)
    mlabassi2009[at]yahoo[dot]com
    M-8, Gandhi Nagar, Jaipur.,
    0141-6594942

  2. lila says:

    what if we want to split my string e.g. or and. How do you specify split only when or or and is byitself and not part of a word. The below keeps happening.

    dog or cat slit into rows dog
    cat
    orange and apple or
    ange
    apple

    • Hi Lila,

      You can use the 'Split by string' option of our add-in. When entering the delimiter strings, just be sure to type a space before and after or to prevent splitting words.

      And thank you for this great question! I will certainly include this tip in the article.

  3. Mark says:

    I have a long column of number letter combinations I want to split at the first letter (any letter)

    eg. 43245tre becomes 43245 tre
    129ftr becomes 129 ftr

    Help?

  4. Tien says:

    Hello Svetlana Cheusheva,

    Can you help me to extract "Fort Walton Beach", "Jacksonville Beach","Wethersfield",etc.
    These are examples:
    545 Ashley Court, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547
    713 Arch Street, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250
    341 Cardinal Drive, Wethersfield, CT 06109
    134 Main Street East, Anchorage, AK 99504
    211 Oak Lane, West Lafayette, IN 47906
    458 Williams Street, El Dorado, AR 71730
    913 Liberty Street, Saint Paul, MN 55104
    860 Somerset Drive, Acworth, GA 30101
    36 Briarwood Drive, Dekalb, IL 60115

    Thank you so much.

    Tien

  5. Shimu says:

    Hi

    I want to split the below into columns
    90FB5B8F6B40
    001BBA9AB00
    001BBA99FE00

    I want my end result to be
    90:FB:5B:8F:6B:40
    00:1B:BA:A9:AB:00
    00:1B:BA:99:FE:00

    I thought if i can split the text to single columns and concatenate to join them back inserting the ":" that would help. So i needed to know how to separate the text string into columns. Is that possible?

    • Damien says:

      Based on your data being in A1, and always being the same length and expected return

      =LEFT(A1,2)&":"&MID(A1,3,2)&":"&MID(A1,5,2)&":"&MID(A1,7,2)&":"&MID(A1,9,2)&":"&MID(A1,11,2)

      if want them to be in separate column start with LEFT(A1,2)
      and then for every subsequent col copy the MID(A1,3,2) parts

  6. DjembeDiff says:

    Can you help with Split string by dash:
    Item-Color-Size-FIT pattern, and you want to split the column into 4 separate columns?

    Item and color are the same as above. Having trouble with Size and FIT.

  7. Adithya says:

    Hi, Ihave Query regarding Excel function.

    Iwant to split the Number after symbol For Ex:

    Putcharoen - Patumwan - T003
    Butthongkomvong - Muang - 5104
    Yim - Cheongju-si - 9573
    Hwang - Seongnam-Si - 3018

    so, from this i want values from the last symbol i.e. T003,5104,3018 like this ....

    Please provide me the Formula for this.

    Thanks in Advance

    Thanks,
    Adithya

  8. Jomy Thomas says:

    1) face redness / Erythema (n);
    2) felt hot / Feeling hot (n);
    3) felt faint / Dizziness (n);
    4) dizziness / Dizziness (n);
    5) hands and feet weakness / Muscular weakness (n);
    6) arterial pressure increased to 140/70mmHg / Blood pressure systolic increased (n);
    7) flushes / Flushing (n);"

    The above data is a singe cell data i need to seperate from cell to column after every semicolon.
    While trying it on text to coloumn option of excel I cannot see any data getting shifted to the adjacent columns

  9. Tim says:

    Hello Svetlana,
    I like your information above, but as usual I have a different split column issue.
    So... I'm looking for a way to split a cell of text into to. The split must not come more that 30 characters (Including spaces) from the left but must be at a space or the immediate previous space to the 30th character point.

    So if the cell contained: "EMERGENCY MU/INITIAL FILL TO CONDENSER CTRL VAL"
    The 30th Character is the "C" of Condenser so the cell will split between "TO" and "Condenser"
    How do I write this code please?
    Many thanks for your help,
    Tim

  10. Sals says:

    Hello Svetlana,

    I need your help on this.
    Is there a way that I can split a string of text in a cell from

    "This is 2nd enquiry from this client. The 1st time wasSep-329 in Union TalkHusband's name: ChanWaiCheongTel:9*****"

    into

    "This is 2nd enquiry from this client. The 1st time wasSep-329 in Union Talk Husband's name: Chan Wai Cheong Tel:9*****"

    I have 44500 records having this problem. I tried doing a VBA code, to add space whenever there is a CAPs letter but it wont work for some records as the outcome will be: "paid via VISA" into "paid via V I S A"

    Please do help. Thank you.

    • Sals says:

      I have managed to solve this with a VBA Code.

      Function SplitCaps(strIn As String) As String
      Dim objRegex As Object
      Set objRegex = CreateObject("vbscript.regexp")
      With objRegex
      .Global = True
      .Pattern = "([a-z])([A-Z])"
      SplitCaps = .Replace(strIn, "$1 $2")
      End With
      End Function

      If any of you have another alternative please do share.

      Thanks

  11. Ranger01 says:

    I have a character string, for example: GTHSYSKSSGSJSJGSUSKKS

    I want each character in its own column. How would I do that?

    Thanks

  12. Nidhin says:

    hi,

    I need to split the text in the string in different columns. Columns are fixed.

    For Example:

    Input String: Application_PROPAY , Area_Feeds, Assigned_to_PTS, Cause_Data Issue-Incorrect Data, Detected_RBS

    Output should be like: PROPAY should go to column name Application
    Feeds should go to column name Area
    PTS should go to Assigned to etc..

    In some cases all the column names might not have mentioned.. please help

  13. amruta says:

    michal jackson , BScIT, MCA, LLB, FAICD
    This is the given string . I want to split the string into two parts. That is I want to split BScIT, MCA, LLB, FAICD into degree part and michal jackson into name part.
    How should i do it.

  14. PFS says:

    Hi
    I've been looking all morning to find a way to split out the following;-

    Amazon EU AMAZON.CO.UK LUX 99.99
    SPAR LOCHINVER LAIRG 99.99

    Can't split by fixed length, or delimiter, tried a macro to strip out text and then numbers but all costs end up as 9999 and not as a monetary amount.
    I have 12 months worth of old statements, about 1500 transactions, to reformat correctly. They are only available in as a pdf file not a csv which is what makes this a challenge.

    Any help, suggestions much appreciated.
    Thanks
    PFS

  15. Martin says:

    I am trying to split a column of e-mail addresses into 2 cols (E-MAIL1 and E-MAIL2), when the original column may have only a single address or may have 2 addresses separated by a comma, like: jdoe@dom.com, mdoe@dom.com"

    My problem is that SEARCH() and FIND() both seem to return #VALUE errors when there is only one e-mail address in the source column (and thus the "," can't be found.)

    Can I work around this by, for example, testing for an error (like if(SEARCH(",",sourcecol)=#VALUE, . . . etc.?)

    Or some other way?

    Thanks,
    Martin

  16. JohnCovelli says:

    Hello Svetlana,

    Thank you for your examples! I am trying to do this exact same thing, only in DAX for Power Pivot. My situation would be like your "Dress-Blie" example above, and I am trying to return "Dress"..

    John

  17. JItendra says:

    I Wanna break this strings RNY0HC3B282001573F14 in below mentioned pattern in different column, how i can using function please reply
    RNY0 HC 3B28 2 157 3 F 14

  18. RAM KISHOR says:

    This is very helpful site for excel problems .... i used it .. and its good

  19. Paul says:

    How to split string by line break in Excel

    AAA
    BBB
    CCC
    DDD
    EEE
    FFF
    GGG
    How to split string in DDD, EEE, FFF, GGG

  20. SUBHASH KUMAR JHA says:

    Y:O10111:5242045056:PPX :713907770199

    how to split in 4 column with removal of colon with formula.

    ex- 1st column=Y
    2ND COLUMN=O10111
    3 RD COLUMN=5242045056
    4TH COLUMN=PPX
    5TH COLUMN=713907770199 WITH EXCELL FORMULA.

  21. Murugan says:

    HTML 5 See 15 endorsements for HTML 515

    Unity3D See 11 endorsements for Unity3D11

    How to split this 15 and 11 in this line.

    ** number after "see" only i want.

  22. Alexander fries says:

    Hi...
    I am trying to use the split function in an Excel 2013 VBA script. However, the function name ('Split') is not highlighted in the editor, and I get a compile error "Cannot return array", so I suspect that the function has been removed.
    Could you please confirm that this is the case, or put me right if it isn't? I prefer not to have to write this function myself.. :)
    All the best, and thanks fo royur time,

  23. Shovan Saha says:

    Is it possible to slice Inputsome into various cells(Crore, Lac, Thousand, hundreds)?

    Inputsome Crore Lac Thousand Hundred
    1091050320 9 10 50 320
    173387930 17 33 87 930
    720333 7 20 333
    1209225 12 9 225
    3209 3 209
    16305 16 305
    502 502
    50 50
    9 9

  24. Bipin Adhikari says:

    Hi,
    Can you please help to seperate only the colours from the cell into different column.
    For eg.
    From PVC SLEEV 65X6 HEAVY DUTY BLACK COLOUR.Only the Black into different column.
    Like wise in given below contents:-
    PVC SLEEV 65X6 HEAVY DUTY BLACK COLOUR.
    PVC CISTERN WHITE
    PVC CISTERN-WHITE
    PVC CISTERN -WHITE

  25. Ian says:

    08121804902
    hi there,
    081317003321
    081315004023
    08121002069
    08121803616
    08121001992
    081316000612
    081316002389
    08129000777
    08121002877
    can i ask help how to split between 12 digits & 11 digits different rows?

  26. skuty says:

    Hi,

    Can you help me splitting the word astro.forumattivo.com to astro and forumattivo.com

    thanks!
    skuty

  27. debby says:

    My electrical engineer son-in-law is giving us a hint as to what he and my daughter are naming my grandson-to-be. Here is the strand he gave us ^[B-P][a,e,l,o,u]\w{3,} . He then added, "It's a string search pattern. It can be reverse engineered. Can anybody solve this for me?

  28. rajender says:

    i want to spit one cell number 12345

  29. Ali Md Shohag says:

    how to split numbers as mentioned below?
    999999999.99 to 99 99 99 999.99;
    99999999.99 to 9 99 99 999.99;
    9999999.99 to 99 99 999.99;
    999999.99 to 9 99 999.99.
    and so on.

    Thanks in Advance.

  30. Eric Chan says:

    Pls see if you can split the following, in Excel-2010 ...

    1 apple. 2 orange. 3 pear. 4 banana
    [this is all in a single cell]

    into ...

    column A column B
    1 apple
    2 orange
    3 pear
    4 banana

    Thank you.

    • Hello,

      I'm afraid there's no easy way to solve your task with a formula. Using a VBA macro would be the best option here.

      However, since we do not cover the programming area (VBA-related questions), I can advice you to try and look for the solution in VBA sections on mrexcel.com or excelforum.com.

      Sorry I can't assist you better.

  31. Hans says:

    Hi Svetlana,

    Thanks for your help on this. I hope you are still supporting this post.

    The left, mid & right functions only work for 3 columns of data within the source cell. My data has 6 columns with 5 delimiters (",").

    If I use LEFT it returns the "first column's data",
    If I use MID, it returns the "second column's data",
    If I use RIGHT, it returns everything to the right in column "3", which is actually Column 3, 4, 5 & 6.

    Is there any way to "count" the delimiters, then return the data before/after the specified Xth delimiter? In other words, similar to VLOOKUP where the formula uses "col_index_num" to specify which data is wanted.

    Unfortunately, the data I am trying to extract to place in 2 different cells is in the second & fourth columns.

    I have isolated below between *** ***

    12/15/2017 16:10,***DYSINGER EAST***,23326,***2163.11***,3150,-9999

    This is realtime data from .csv url through Data --> Refresh All, so using the Text to Columns feature or add-ins is not possible. Also I am using MS Excel for Mac, and so far cannot get Excel to recognize the "," in the text string as the delimiters to separate the string automatically into proper columns.

    Thanks for any help on this!

    • Hello,
      Please try using a VBA macro. We are always ready to help you, but we do not cover the programming area (VBA-related questions).
      You may try to find the solution in VBA sections on mrexcel.com or excelforum.com.
      Sorry we can’t assist you better.

  32. Inggrid says:

    Hi Svetlana,

    I have a worksheet containing a single column as follows:

    1 F01K2502F01L1504A23K1165

    2 C09J12518B23K524C07C30988C07C31724C07C31734

    I would like to split this single column into multiple columns, like:

    1 F01K2502 | F01L1504 | A23K1165 (3 columns)

    2 C09J12518 | B23K524C07 | C30988C07 | C31724C07 | C31734 (5 columns)

    Any advice?

    Thanks a lot beforehand.

    • Hello,

      I'm afraid there's no easy way to solve your task with a formula. Using a VBA macro would be the best option here.

      However, since we do not cover the programming area (VBA-related questions), I can advice you to try and look for the solution in VBA sections on mrexcel.com or excelforum.com.

      Sorry I can't assist you better.

  33. Michael Avidan says:

    In order to split string by dash I wouldn't bother to construct different formulas for each part.
    I would, rather, use one single (similar) formula for all columns
    For example:
    Type the following formula into cell B2 and copy-drag it to the right.
    =TRIM(MID(SUBSTITUTE("-"&$A2&" ","-",REPT(" ",255)),(COLUMN()-1)*255,255))
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    “Microsoft®” Excel MVP – Excel (2009-2018)
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  34. soni says:

    Hi can you please help me split 4017.524120.9822..0000.0000.3137 as
    4017
    524120
    9822
    0000
    0000
    3137

    • Doug says:

      Soni:
      You can select the cell with the data and then use the Text-to-Columns tool under Data. Use "." as the delimiter and once the data is in separate cells you can copy the cells and paste into a blank cell using the Paste Special/Transpose option.
      If you do a lot of this work The AbleBits Ultimate Suite is probably a better option. It has many tool to help work with data. Splitting your type of data into rows is one of the tools.

  35. Umesh says:

    Hi
    How to split number of live sheet into individual no and add them
    Ex: 254.56 into 25456
    Add:2+5+4+5+6
    I split no but unable add them

    • Doug says:

      Umesh:
      In an empty cell enter =Sum(Range Holding Values)
      For example if the numbers are in cells B2,C2,D2,E2 and F2 then =SUM(B2:F2)
      Be sure to format the cells B2:F2 as number.

  36. Naveen says:

    Hi,
    I have figures in a line beak
    59/220118
    64/080318
    64/100418
    128/100518
    192/110617
    In another column I need to add up the numbers before "/". Do you have a formula for that please?
    Thanks in advance.

    • Doug says:

      Naveen:
      I think the easiest thing to do in a situation like yours is to use the Text-to-Columns tool that is built in to Excel.
      Click the Data tab on your ribbon, then choose Text-to-Columns, then click the Delimited button, then choose the Other option and enter a / in that field. You should then see how your data will be separated into two columns. Click Next and the data will be split into two columns beginning with the column the data was originally in. If you want the split data to be put into a different cell then enter that address in the Destination field in the third step. You can also choose not to import the data after the / . In this last step select the column heading that holds the data you don't need and choose the Do Not Import Column.
      Click finish and you have your data in its own column ready to sum.

  37. Keven says:

    How could I split

    L18000160290MASS LLC

    into
    L18000160290 MASS LLC

    Basically I want to take the first 12 characters into a separate cell

  38. Vidya says:

    One of the column has the value "Fri 6pm PT", I need this value to be split into 3 different columns and also need improvisations like once the column is split the "fri" column should be "Friday" and the column with "6pm" should be "6:00 PM". I need the formula on how to change.

  39. Sid says:

    Hi,
    i have values in one column as below.
    ABC (1), IJK (20), LMN (15), XYZ (5)
    LMN (10), XYZ (25), ABC (15), IJK (3)
    XYZ (25), ABC (225)

    i want create new column and extract value for ABC as below
    1
    15
    225

    I tried using MID function as explained, but i get value as below.
    =MID(A2, SEARCH("ABC",A2) + 5, 3)

    1)
    15)
    225

    Can you pls help?

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