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.

    In this formula, we are using the Excel MID function to extract text from A2: MID(text, start_num, num_chars).

    The other 2 arguments are calculated with the help of 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.


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:


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(A2, LEN(A2)-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:

Formula to extract numbers:


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:


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 Ultimate Suite for Excel, 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 Ultimate Suite installed, 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, an evaluation version is available for download below. I thank you for reading and hope to see you on our blog next week!

Available downloads

Excel Split Cells formulas (.xlsx file)
Ultimate Suite 14-day fully-functional version (.zip file)

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

  1. Shamrock A Franey says:


    I would like to take a string of numbers in one cell and separate it by "-". The original data came from a string of columns, which I concat into one cell.
    Orignal data:
    705000 336 10 01 000 0000 35500
    Used Concatenate for the result below
    want it to be

  2. Santhosh says:

    Hello Sir,

    I have data '1234 to 56478' and wanted add comma only for values using excel function and data should look like '1,234 to 55,678'
    How do I do this?

      • Santhosh says:

        Thank you Alexander, It is working for the data which I had given as example...But comma needs to added for every thousands for example for data like '1020000 to 4080000' should be coming as '1,020,000 to 4,080,000' which is not coming now....and also I have the data like'0 to 1360000' and '1360000 +' where this formula is not working.
        Can you help me out with this?

        • Santhosh says:

          I have bunch of excel data which looks like:
          1234 to 56478 (Given formula is working here)
          0 to 2450000
          1090000 to 4080000
          1360000 +
          1234 to 56478

          • Hello Santhosh!
            Please use the following formula
            =TEXT(LEFT(A1,FIND(" ",A1,1)-1),"#,##0") & MID(A1,FIND(" ",A1,1), FIND(" ",A1,FIND(" ",A1,1)+1) - FIND(" ",A1,1)+1)&TEXT(RIGHT(A1,LEN(A1) - FIND(" ",A1,FIND(" ",A1,1)+1)),"#,##0")
            If there is anything else I can help you with, please let me know.

  3. satya prakash tiwari says:

    Dear madam,

    you explain it in detail but i am unable to get the function =cocatenate(A1,",",B1) using text1 and text 2 for exporting it to autocad. please guide me
    Your sincerly
    Satya prakash tiwari
    New Delhi

  4. Mannu Kumar says:

    Dear Sir,
    what is the formula of pick the number only.
    Ex- Abhijeet Kumar Singh-7678154068 ASDC
    only I have need of contact number

  5. John says:

    I need a formula for to split:
    1/03/2019 12:31:27 PM
    to make it read
    01/03/2019 in one column and 12:31 PM in another column
    Thank you!

  6. Sathiyaraj says:

    Need formula for combine two decimal data.
    Example format
    data1 = 0x1000
    data2 = 0x20
    data3 = data1 | data2
    data3 = 0x1020

  7. Sathiyaraj says:

    2 20/02/20 10:18:11.762 18 225 115 239 35 176 1 0 0 219 0 10 3 143 0 0 23 41 143 62 52 11 197 3 33 217 28 0 4 0 6 101 1 7 14 13 195 2 153 20 23 0 1 14 0 0 5 40 28 12 82 12 215 3 3 255 249 0 0 0 0 205 12 140 36 56 10 246 3 1 0 0 0 0 205 228 71 41 181 12 249 2 252 31 20 0 0 0 255 5 66 24 46 157
    From above string
    I need to get 145th to 149th decimal value. How would i get it.

  8. Ed D'Alton says:

    I have strings of numbers e.g S-N123-AB-FG. I wish to strip the number down to S-N123
    Can anyone assist me please?
    Best Regards

  9. Sandra says:

    I've been using these page as a reference for over a year to help cleanup my website downloads. It has been very helpful. Thanks. QUESTION-

    For the life of me, I can't figure out how to save my own formula and cut and paste it into my excel spreadsheets. Whenever I do, Excel rejects the formula; however, If I hand type it each time, it is fine. If I copy these formulas from your website and paste them into excel and manually change them to suite my needs, it's fine. Just trying to figure out how to make this easier on me. I'd like to set up a macro, but the formulas keep getting rejected unless I manually hand type them each time.... very time consuming. Below are how my formulas should read. Any ideas?

    =LEFT(L2, SEARCH(“]”,L2,1)-1)

    =MID(L2, SEARCH(“]”,L2) + 1, SEARCH(“]”,L2,SEARCH(“]”,L2)+1) - SEARCH(“]”,L2) - 1)

    =RIGHT(L2,LEN(L2) - SEARCH(“]”, L2, SEARCH(“]”, L2) + 1))

  10. Shaik Ahmed says:

    I have to split 40k cells data
    In this coloumn of 40 thousand cells, multiple rows contains data that is partially duplicate
    Fruit orange big
    Fruit orange small
    Fruit orange tiny
    Vegetable tomoto
    Vegetable potato
    Dairy product organic milk
    Dairy product organic cheese
    Dairy product organic cream

    The cell should split once the content of the cell changes

  11. Patti McGee says:

    Hello I have been tasked with a project at work.

    I am trying to convert the following
    7' 9 3/16"
    7 9/16"
    8 3/8"
    8' 2 15/16"
    8' 2 7/16"

    some of these work using this formula:

    some of them pop up with a VALUE Error, I presume because the format is wrong some are just inches some are just feet and some are feet and inches. I am trying to find the right formula to help solve this issue. I am sure I will need to add some IFERRORS, or something. I could really use all the help I can get.

    Thanks in advanced!

  12. Cheran says:

    Hi.... i have the data in B2 like this (CUROFF : OTHAKALMANDAPAM POLLACHI MAIN ROAD,CONTACT DETAILS. : MOB : 6379745419,OFFRES : NO 70 ANJENEYAR COLONY ONDIPUDUR COIMBATORE SOUTH,CONTACT DETAILS. : MOB : 9894144376,CURRES : 48 MANOJ NAGAR KALANGAL ROAD KANNAMPALAYAM,CONTACT DETAILS. : MOB : 6379745419,PERMNENT : 48 MANOJ NAGAR KALANGAL ROAD KANNAMPALAYAM,CONTACT DETAILS. : MOB : 6379745419).... i need to split cell based on "CUROFF:" in c2, "OFFRES :" in D2, "CURRES :" in E2, "PERMNENT :" in G2.... can you please help me on this..... thanx in advance

  13. Prince Jimmy says:

    Please guys I need a very urgent help, I have a data set like
    This numbers are randomly generated using RANDBETWEEN formula.
    I want to break it into 6 up and 6 down in the same cell

  14. Niazi says:

    I Have data in a cell in this shape
    I need out put in other cells as one character in each cell
    Is there any solution.

  15. Karen says:

    Faculty 9-Over-9 Program: Ahn, Charles H; (45212); GR100000 Payroll
    -I am trying to separate the "Ahn, charles H" and input it into a different cell.

    Thank you in advance for your help!!

  16. Yo says:

    I need to extract and put in different columns just the PO# (PO+digits) of the below array of strings. Sometimes it is separated by a "," or a " ". And the number of digit of a PO can Vary.
    PurchOrd-PO7825,PurchOrd-PO8037,PurchOrd-PO8095 PurchOrd-PO7920,PurchOrd-PO8025 PurchOrd-PO7616,PurchOrd-PO7786,PurchOrd-PO7797.1,PurchOrd-PO7843,PurchOrd-PO7986

    Result expected : PO7825 | PO8037|...| PO7797.1

    You would be such a hero if you could help me on this :)

    Thank you very much in advance (with or without answer!)

  17. syaz says:

    DATA 1
    "Interscience Sdn Bhd
    2, Jalan Sg. Kayu Ara 32/38
    Berjaya Industrial Park
    40460SHAH ALAM

    =RIGHT(G2,LEN(G2)-SEARCH(CHAR(10), G2, SEARCH(CHAR(10), G2,SEARCH(CHAR(10), G2,SEARCH(CHAR(10), G2)+1)+1) + 1))

    output: Selangor

  18. Basma says:

    I want to split the below text:
    To be:
    First column: INSP

    briefly, i want to split the text after the first space and the rest of the text to be added in the next column.


  19. Laurie says:

    How do you use the Albeits split function when your data is in separate lines (i.e. char(10) is the "demlimeter"? I have to split addresses and some may or may not have multiple lines of address.
    123 Main St
    Bldg 5
    Apt 19

    123 Main St
    Apt 10

    123 Main St.

    I was using the formulas at first but they only worked if all 3 lines existed.

    Thanks, Laurie

  20. 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?

  21. Saeed Rasul says:

    Please need your kind guidance to split this text into proper column.

    A Thomas Hall III Hall Enterprises, Inc. 29075 Palos Verdes Dr E Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275-6405
    A. Carol Brooks, CPL Independent 2504 Glenwood Cir Edmond, OK 73034-6487
    A. Ray Davis, CPL Davis Land & Minerals, Inc. PO Box 79188 Houston, TX 77279-9188
    A. Earl Irby Jr. Independent PO Box 428 Round Rock, TX 78680-0428
    A. Frank Klam, CPL Independent 8309 Cedarbrake Dr Houston, TX 77055-4823
    A. E. Martin CPL Retired PO Box 580 Oklahoma City, OK 73101-0580
    A. Byron Pugh III, CPL Professional Energy Services, Inc. PO Box 820387 Houston, TX 77282-0387
    A. Dale Anderson, CPL/ESA Anderson & Associates Inc. PO Box 701 Mount Vernon, IL 62864-0015
    A. John Davis Holland & Hart LLP 222 S Main St Ste 2200 Salt Lake City, UT 84101-2194
    A. Scott Fairbanks Summit Systems Consulting 241 N 4th St Unit 472 Grand Junction, CO 81502-5819

  22. saiph says:

    Hi, I created 4 additional columns to simplify the formula.
    By locating unique idenifiers (spaces and the US MALE or US FEMALE) you then know the relative positions of the other data and can chop it out with ease.
    Unless other text appears the FINDS are looking for a single Space.

    Data is in A3
    In B3: =FIND(" ",A3)

    In C3: =FIND(" ",A3,B1+1)

    In D3: =FIND(" ",A3,C1+1)

    In E3: =IFERROR(FIND("US FEMALE ",A3)-11,FIND("US MALE ",A3)-11)

    in F3 will be first name :=LEFT(A3,B3)

    in G3 will be surname : =TRIM(MID(A3,B3,C3-B3))

    in H3 will be email : =MID(A3,C3,D3-C3)

    in I3 will be Address: =MID(A3,D3,E3-D3)

  23. Deepak Nair says:

    I have a text file containing name, emails, address and many more its all 42 columns and doesn't have any headers and delimiters. I want the data in order as first name and last name in column and address in one column. I need a solution how to grab one records address data in one column as you see sample data that address is separated with spaces can you get me a solution . Here is the sample of my data.

    4391 Grig Mcdaniil mail@hotmailcom 3619 N. Tiffany Drivi Beavercreek NY 75637 5046851665 US MALE 09/30/1959 178 182 AB+ Grig Mcdaniil Frank Blacker ATHENS IL 61516 US N.A NO YES NO NO N.A FR-DLI09-i3089 09/30/1959 $200.00 Grig Mcdaniil Pamela Toloza BaX_OlaCm-2441 09/30/1959 MALE Other VALIUM37.5 MG 90 $2.85 $171.00$20.00 $191.00

    4392 Harold Davis mail@infinet 488 Wrins Nist Ct bay city FL 54311 5260805557 US MALE 10/17/1952 173 182 AB+ Harold Davis Owen K Ritter DENVERCA N.A US 9002005495 YES NO YES NO NO Yt_i7-Un-10375 10/17/1952 $250.00 Harold Davis Heidi Schultz BaX_OlacM-52110/17/1952 MALE Gas PHENTERMINE 37.5 MG 90 $1.90 $505.00$20.00 $525.00

  24. Joe says:

    Dear folks,
    In many text files, I have a series 80 digits (0-9) in a row and multiple rows. I need to count the occurrences of each digit row-wise and column-wise. This can be done if I can split each digit into one column when I import from the text file. I can do this by painfully marking the delimit by Width for each character for 80 characters when I do the import. Is there any way to save this delimit method and use that method to import a file as I open each text file?
    Thanks in advance to all of you,

    • saiph says:

      Hi Joe,
      From what I can see, there doesn't seem to be a 'save delimiter' function.
      There are definitely options though. For multiple text files a macro may be the easiest option.
      Create an excel enabled macro workbook and put the macro in it. Save it.
      Open the text file with NO formatting so you have x many rows with 80 characters all in column A
      Run the macro.
      Sub Convert80()

      Selection.TextToColumns Destination:=Range("A1"), DataType:=xlFixedWidth, _
      FieldInfo:=Array(Array(0, 1), Array(1, 1), Array(2, 1), Array(3, 1), Array(4, 1), Array _
      (5, 1), Array(6, 1), Array(7, 1), Array(8, 1), Array(9, 1), Array(10, 1), Array(11, 1), Array _
      (12, 1), Array(13, 1), Array(14, 1), Array(15, 1), Array(16, 1), Array(17, 1), Array(18, 1), _
      Array(19, 1), Array(20, 1), Array(21, 1), Array(22, 1), Array(23, 1), Array(24, 1), Array( _
      25, 1), Array(26, 1), Array(27, 1), Array(28, 1), Array(29, 1), Array(30, 1), Array(31, 1), _
      Array(32, 1), Array(33, 1), Array(34, 1), Array(35, 1), Array(36, 1), Array(37, 1), Array( _
      38, 1), Array(39, 1), Array(40, 1), Array(41, 1), Array(42, 1), Array(43, 1), Array(44, 1), _
      Array(45, 1), Array(46, 1), Array(47, 1), Array(48, 1), Array(49, 1), Array(50, 1), Array( _
      51, 1), Array(52, 1), Array(53, 1), Array(54, 1), Array(55, 1), Array(56, 1), Array(57, 1), _
      Array(58, 1), Array(59, 1), Array(60, 1), Array(61, 1), Array(62, 1), Array(63, 1), Array( _
      64, 1), Array(65, 1), Array(66, 1), Array(67, 1), Array(68, 1), Array(69, 1), Array(70, 1), _
      Array(71, 1), Array(72, 1), Array(73, 1), Array(74, 1), Array(75, 1), Array(76, 1), Array( _
      77, 1), Array(78, 1), Array(79, 1), Array(80, 1)), TrailingMinusNumbers:=True
      End Sub

  25. Richard says:

    I'm trying to get the text after the third "/" in a list of class names in the form:
    With the formula below from the top of your thread I can get rid of MIL/MZ/ but I still need to get rid of AD/
    =RIGHT(F2,LEN(F2) - SEARCH("/", F2, SEARCH("/", F2) + 1))
    is giving me
    I tried playing and came up with:
    =RIGHT(F2,LEN(F2) - SEARCH("/", F2, SEARCH("/", F2, SEARCH("/", F2) + 1)))
    Which gives the same result as:
    =RIGHT(F2,LEN(F2) - SEARCH("/", F2, SEARCH("/", F2) + 1))
    I really don't understand the syntax so I've reached an impasse. If you are able to help I'd be grateful.
    Thanks in anticipation.

    • saiph says:

      You have the answer, just need to do another RIGHT command to get the characters to the right of the remaining '/' symbol.

  26. Rebecca says:

    Hi guys, I have a situation here as i need to split this one sentence into different columns IN EXCEL using a formula, as all words having spaces of different types.

    RDH10265/2 12,00 PC OPTICAL TRANSCEIVER/SFP+ SM 10.3Gb/s 1.4

    • saiph says:

      Use Find & Replace and replace 2 spaces with 1 space over the whole column. Run it multiple times till no changes occur. Now you can run formula and split out columns on single spaces.

  27. sandeep kelkar says:

    how will u split the below sting where there is only enter key
    1 Unit Fodder Grass Bijankur-BB2 50 gm Rs. 335
    1 Unit Fodder Grass Alamdar 51 1 kg Rs. 675
    1 Unit Fodder Grass Bijankur-BB2 50 gm Rs. 335
    1 Unit Fodder Grass Alamdar 51 1 kg Rs. 675

    • saiph says:

      Depending on where you want to break the text you can use LEFT, RIGHT and MID string.
      =LEFT(A1,FIND("Rs.",A1)-1) to trim off the price
      =NUMBERVALUE(RIGHT(A1,LEN(A1)-FIND("Rs.",A1)-3)) to get the price

  28. Ben says:

    I have data in a column of cells similar to the following:
    A, B, C
    B, C
    A, C
    So now I want to filter the column by the data. However when I do this< my choices would be:
    A, B, C
    A, C
    B, C
    Where I really just want to filter by:
    Should I separate the data by a different character to get this? Or is this something I need to dig further into to do in VB? Currently the data is entered into the cell using a drop down box, & then have some VB coded to have multi, non-repetitive selections that are separated by a comma. Thanks.

    • saiph says:

      Another character or assigning a value seems the easiest. Like Binary. A=1 B=2 C=4.
      Then a custom filter = selecting A will show all 1,3,5 and 7
      Selecting B will show 2,3 and 6
      Selecting C will show 4,5 and 6

    • saiph says:

      in A1 : 71200 Online Order Fees $376.12
      in B1 : =LEFT(A1,FIND(" ",A1)-1)
      in C1 : =MID(A1,FIND(" ",A1)+1,FIND("$",A1)-FIND(" ",A1)-2)
      in D1 : =NUMBERVALUE(RIGHT(A1,LEN(A1)-FIND("$",A1)))
      This is assuming no one puts a $ in the text...

  29. Umesh Budni says:

    Source is like this...
    P. Umesh, 123 ramesh, 34 p. M. Kavya, 10,55
    Out put
    P. Umesh 123
    Ramesh 34
    P.m.kavya 10
    P. M. Kavya 55

    Could plz me this problem...

  30. Emad Farag says:

    I have a question need for it answer by formulas to split according to dash all the contents of cell into separator in many cells beside each other as following example:
    What I have in Cell A1:
    Orange com - Emad Farag - Telephone bill - Month April 2019 - paid from cash
    What I need in Cells C1, D1, E1, F1, G1
    C1 D1 E1 F1 G1
    Orange com Emad Farag Telephone bill Month April 2019 paid from cash


  31. HLJ says:

    In an XL spread sheet - column "?" I'd like to split rows #25, 26, 27, 28, 29 & 30 BUT not add an additional column. These rows are situated partway down an XL spreadsheet and I cannot distrurb any columns or rows around this particular block.
    Can this be accomplished?
    E.g. - in each of the the cells:
    Data 21
    Data 22
    Data 23 As per above, I'd like to keep the column and cells as is but have them "split" between "Data and the number value.

    Appreciate any help you may have~!

  32. Suresh says:

    Please advise a formula for the below sample data
    "Apple 8Ap #556-1337 Ali Avenue
    Galaxy S823433 Eet, Av.
    Google Pixel 2P.O. Box e446,Justo Av"
    In the above lines i want to split Device and Address in two different cells using formulae.
    For Eg: In Column 'A' we have "Apple 8Ap #556-1337 Ali Avenue", then using a formula i require
    Device should be extracted in column B as "Apple 8"
    Similarly, Address should be extracted in Column C "Ap #556-1337 Ali Avenue"

    Note: I have 1000 different devices, where i should not entry any data manually.
    Kindly help me with this.

  33. Lynn says:

    I have a huge data file in this text format:

    "0009_000006-1","Camera Equipment"
    "Total for","2018",":","$398.35",""
    "Totals for Asset:","0009_000006-1"
    "Projection Grand Total:","$398.35"
    "Pre-","Projection Grand Total:","$0.00"
    "0009_000025-1","34801 HP Elitebook 840G1"
    "Total for","2018",":","$210.50",""
    How can I convert this huge data file to excel format so I can create pivot table:
    Asset ID Asset Class Begin Date End Date Amount
    0009_000006-1 Camera Equipment 2/1/2018 2/28/2018 $39.83
    0009_000006-1 Camera Equipment 3/1/2018 3/31/2018 $39.83
    0009_000006-1 Camera Equipment 4/1/2018 4/30/2018 $39.83
    0009_000006-1 Camera Equipment 5/1/2018 5/31/2018 $39.83
    0009_000006-1 Camera Equipment 6/1/2018 6/30/2018 $39.83
    0009_000006-1 Camera Equipment 7/1/2018 7/31/2018 $39.83
    0009_000006-1 Camera Equipment 8/1/2018 8/31/2018 $39.83
    0009_000006-1 Camera Equipment 9/1/2018 9/30/2018 $39.83
    0009_000006-1 Camera Equipment 10/1/2018 10/31/2018 $39.83
    0009_000006-1 Camera Equipment 11/1/2018 11/30/2018 $39.88
    0009_000025-1 34801 HP Elitebook 840G1 2/1/2018 2/28/2018 $42.10
    0009_000025-1 34801 HP Elitebook 840G1 3/1/2018 3/31/2018 $42.10
    0009_000025-1 34801 HP Elitebook 840G1 4/1/2018 4/30/2018 $42.10
    0009_000025-1 34801 HP Elitebook 840G1 5/1/2018 5/31/2018 $42.10
    0009_000025-1 34801 HP Elitebook 840G1 6/1/2018 6/30/2018 $42.10
    It would help me a deal if you can assist. Thank you!

  34. Robdex says:

    Hi there,
    I want to split a text in one cell into different columns but can the text be rearranged in a specific order?
    Cell A1 = Yellow/Magenta
    Cell A2 - Magenta/Yellow
    I would like Cell B1 = Yellow, C1 = Magenta, Cell B2 = Yellow and Cell C2 = Magenta

    Is there a formula that can do this?

    Thank you

    • Saiph says:

      Use a column specific formula
      Assuming Data is in A1,A2 etc
      In B1
      In C1
      In D1
      =IFERROR(IF(FIND("next color",$A1)>0,"next color",""),"")
      The iferror stops the formula failing and puts a blank if the color is not found. If it is found anywhere in the string then it will show.
      The only problem you might have is putting in a "Light Yellow" as this will also flag as Yellow

  35. Abrar says:

    Hi there,
    I want to split text from a specific word. Would you please anyone share the formula.
    The raw date are given below.
    What I want split from Eidf19. So cls1103 eidf19 is 1st column and 2nd column is dusty blue

  36. Chad says:

    I have a single column of text which I want to parse into various columns, but the delimiter is currently multiples of blank spaces in front of the text. Such as the data which should be in the first column has 5 blanks in front, the data which should be in the second has 10 blanks in front and the data which should be in the third column has 15 blank spaces in front of the text. Example of how this looks in the current single column:

    Column1 text
    Column2 text
    Column3 text.

    The amount of text may vary in each column, but the leading blank spaces are constant. Thanks for your help!

    • chad says:

      That didn't show up correctly, let me use _to emulate a blank space (but there are actually only spaces, no leading characters):
      _____text column 1 info
      __________text column 2 info
      _______________text column 3 info
      I hope that is more clear. Thanks.

      • saiph says:

        data in A1.
        These formulae take the data before the first 10 spaces as column 1, between 10 and 15 as column 2 and to the right of 15 spaces as column 3
        B1 =TRIM(LEFT(A1,FIND(" ",A1)))
        C1 =TRIM(MID(A1,FIND(" ",A1),FIND(" ",A1)-FIND(" ",A1)))
        D1 =TRIM(RIGHT(A1,LEN(A1)-FIND(" ",A1)))

        • saiph says:

          B1 =TRIM(LEFT(A1,FIND("10",A1)))
          C1 =TRIM(MID(A1,FIND("10",A1),FIND("15",A1)-FIND("10",A1)))
          D1 =TRIM(RIGHT(A1,LEN(A1)-FIND("15",A1)))

          website took out my spaces.
          numbers in the speechmarks are number of spaces.

  37. kashish Gupta says:

    =LEFT(TRIM(B34),FIND("~",SUBSTITUTE(B34," ","~",LEN(TRIM(B34))-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(TRIM(B34)," ",""))))-4)

    Kindly define this formula.

    • saiph says:

      Find the last space in the B34 string and take everything to the left of that, less 4 characters. The string must have spaces for this to work.

    • Hi Nathan,

      To explain it better, let's have a look at the full formula:
      =MID(A2, SEARCH("-", A2) + 1, SEARCH("-", A2, SEARCH("-",A2) +1) - SEARCH("-", A2) - 1)

      1. Start_num argument: SEARCH("-",A2) + 1. It finds the position of the first character to extract; +1 is needed to start extraction beginning with the character that follows the first hyphen, not including the hyphen itself.

      2. Num_chars argument (how many characters to extract): SEARCH("-", A2, SEARCH("-",A2) +1) - SEARCH("-", A2) - 1. To find the position of the 2nd hyphen, you put SEARCH("-",A2)+1) in the start_num of the first SEARCH function to tell it to start searching beginning with the character after the 1st hyphen (this way, you exclude the first hyphen from search). Then, you subtract the position of the 1st hyphen from the position of the 2nd hyphen to find how many characters are between them. But this number includes the 2nd hyphen, so you put -1 at the end to remove the 2nd hyphen from the returned substring.

  38. Nathan Thomas says:

    In example #2 above, can you explain the +1 when finding the difference between the 2nd and 1st hyphens and how does the last search argument explains how the function understands how to extract all the characters between the two hyphens?

  39. DONALD STECK says:

    I have a full description of a part in one column and need to pull over no more then 35 characters. I need to do this at a "space" but not go over 35 characters on my limit. please help!


    • saiph says:

      =LEFT(A1,FIND("☃",SUBSTITUTE(A1," ","☃",LEN(LEFT(A1,36))-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(LEFT(A1,36)," ","")))))
      (Left(a1,36)) This trims the string to a maximum of 36 characters. 36 because if the 36th is a space then 35 chars will be returned and if not, then the break will come earlier in the string and less will be returned.
      The statement LEN-LEN(substitute) finds the length of the string, and then the length with the spaces removed. This gives the number of spaces in the string.
      The Substitute inside the Find statement then changes the last space to a snowman, and the Find returns that position in the string.
      Finally the left statement cuts the string at that point and gives your value.

  40. Ahmed says:

    Hi , thanks a lot for this, but i have a big problem , it's only for 3 column, i am working as data entry and i have 10 column , hot to do this please help

  41. RAJAN says:

    Gemcitabine_pow_1000 mg_1 X 1V
    Ranitidine_tab MR_150 mg_6 X 10T
    Ranitidine_tab MR_300 mg_3 X 10T

    Above text please separate from "_" (Only by formula) , Not by text to column

    Please send me formula

  42. Sam says:

    I have the following data in one cell. i like to spit these data in different cells. is anybody can help?
    1/15/2019 4320 610285062 1 30 0930 1143 88 167.75 14.26 $182.01

    • saiph says:

      in Excel select the cell/column.
      On the ribbon, choose Data tab, "Text to Columns" and select delimiter and then untick Tab and select Space

  43. Amit says:

    i have data in excel

    A battery consists of (a) only one cell (b) only two cells (c) two or more cells (d) All of the above

    Column A Column B Column C Column D Column E

    i need to separate Data for example

    1. Before (a) Column A
    2. After (a) and Before (b) Column B
    3. After (b) and Before (c) Column C
    4. After (C) and Before (D) Column D
    5. After (D) Column E

    pls help

  44. Cliff says:

    I have a text string that I am trying to split which has different characters to split in the string.
    Example string
    Product Support 2018 H2~TC03986-01-ICS

    I want to split it as "Product Support 2018 H2" "TC03986-01" and "ICS"
    I am not sure if it is possible to use two different separators, but the "~" causes a problem. I have tried to use CHAR(126) but this does not work. I have also tried to replace the ~ using search and replace.

  45. Doug says:

    To split this string I would use the Text-to-Column tool.
    You can find it under the data tab. Use the fixed width option and after you enter the comma as a field choose the Do Not Import option for the comma.

  46. Mayu says:

    String is $GPRMC,062745.044,A,1830.2470,N,07350.5297,E,1.07,44.40,101018,,,A*54

    how to split into columns with removal of comma with formula.

    1st column=$GPRMC
    2ND COLUMN=062745.044
    4TH COLUMN=1830.2470
    6TH COLUMN=07350.5297
    WHAT FORMULA SHOULD I USE. I need only formula or macro code not other ready made option in excel.


  47. Claudia says:

    I want to extract the City from the following rows. The City is the word in between the LAST space of the field and the comma of the field. The comma is always the last character in the field. What formula should I use?
    1111 FM 1585 LUBBOCK,

    • Hello, Claudia,

      Suppose your data are in column A, please try to enter the following formula in cell B1 and then copy it down along the column:

      =MID(A1, FIND("#", SUBSTITUTE(A1, " ", "#", LEN(A1)-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(A1, " ", ""))))+1, LEN(A1)-FIND("#", SUBSTITUTE(A1, " ", "#", LEN(A1)-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(A1, " ", ""))))-1)

      Hope this is what you need.

    • Doug says:

      The simplest method to accomplish what you want is to use the Text-to-Columns tool. People seem to turn their collective nose up at using this tool and I don't know why.
      Highlight the cell containing the data to split.
      Select under the Data tab on the ribbon select the Text-to-Columns option.
      In the Text-to-Columns window select the Fixed Width radio button.
      Left click the places where you want the data to be split.
      Click finish.
      This will leave the first character in the original cell and the data will be in separate cells.
      If you have multiple rows containing data to be split, highlight all the rows and go through the same process.
      You can split multiple rows, but not multiple columns.

      • Mark Thompson says:

        Doug, the reason that this doesn't work for me is that I have an export where the data looks like this: 422353-1-5 but the first number can be any length up to 7 digits. If the first number is from about 1900 to 9999, the Excel sheet has those cells formatted as a date with the correct ones formatted like a string. I need to determine on a row by row basis whether it's a date so I use an IFERROR function to split it into 3 columns.

        If I only had to do this once, I would simply do this: =IFERROR( YEAR(B2)&"-"&MONTH(B2)&"-"&DAY(B2), B2) and then split it into 3 columns, but this is something that needs to be done all of the time and it's faster to do it by having a proper formula that can be copied down.

  48. Kisshore says:

    Irregular word and Number in excel 1 column to multi column like
    Example:JSE SALE 2800 DRS CASH 2815
    1. words in 1 column
    2. Numbers in 1 column

  49. Doug says:

    I can't tell if there is a space between the first decimal and the "1". If there isn't, I think this will work for you. Where the original string is in K1 enter this in an empty cell.

    =MID(K1,1,3)&" "&MID(K1,5,2)&""&MID(K1,7,4)&""&MID(K1,11,3)&" "&MID(K1,15,3)&""&MID(K1,18,7)&" "&MID(K1,25,7)
    I hope you see how this formula works. It counts the characters including spaces goes to the next number of characters indicated by the second number and then returns that number of characters followed by a space or in some cases no space if there already was a space in the original. I got tired of counting characters.
    If you need a space after the first decimal add another &""&MID(K1,etc)
    like this:
    =MID(K1,1,3)&" "&MID(K1,5,2)&""&MID(K1,7,4)&""&MID(K1,11,3)&" "&MID(K1,15,3)&""&MID(K1,18,4)&" "&MID(K1,22,3)&" "&MID(K1,25,7)

  50. Clarence says:

    I need a help with a formula.. We get some data interfaced to our system but due to some error at source it is stuck in the temporary area and does not move to the live area. The error is for eg.
    DXB EK LON AC YYZ 234.123567.34 the error is that 2 amounts are merged. The result I require is that after 2 decimal places I need a space like DXB EK LON AC YYZ 234.12 3567.34. Would I be able to get the correct string in another cell using excel formula.

  51. Mike says:

    I've been trying the solutions here to no avail.
    I am trying to get an input into a cell visually altered inside the same cell

    From, when numbers are entered:
    To, when the cell is left:
    012 3456 7890

    Anyone got any ideas

  52. Bhagwan says:


    I have following value

    Cell A1 = 621.33Ari
    A2 = 620.4.7Dsi(5)
    A3 = 53:62Asi:21

    I want separate text from number

    For example

    Output to cell B1 = 621.33 Cell C1 = Ari
    B2 = 620.4 Cell C2 = Dsi(5)
    B3 = 53:62 Cell C3 = Asi:21

    Please help me


    • Doug says:

      I think you'll need two little formulas to get this done.
      For the first set of data enter this in B1
      =LEFT(A1,6) and this in C1 =RIGHT(A1,3)
      For the next two sets use this in B2 =LEFT(A2,6) and enter this in C2 =RIGHT(B2,6)
      Copy these two formulae down the column for B3 and C3.

  53. Eddie says:

    Hi, How do I get the text before the comma?
    Ex: Cell A1= My Name, Eddie

    Output to Cell B2 = My Name
    Outout to Cell B3 = Eddie

    I don't want to use the "text to column function" because I'll have to do it manually when a new entry comes in.

    Appreciate if you could help to demonstrate a string for this function.

    Many thanks in advance

    • Doug says:

      In B2 enter this:
      =LEFT(A1,SEARCH(",",A1,1)-1) this will return "My Name"
      In B3 enter this:
      =RIGHT(A1,SEARCH(",",A1,1)-2) this will return "Eddie".

  54. Sid says:

    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

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


    Can you pls help?

    • Saiph says:

      Had to use the FIND command to get the last bracket and subtract positions.
      This should work for you.

      Locates the ABC starting character and adds 5 to get to the number
      Then second part finds the first ) after the number
      Then it subtracts the position of the ) to get the number for the mid statement
      Use VALUE to convert this output value to a number if you want to perform sums on it

  55. 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.

  56. Keven says:

    How could I split

    L18000160290MASS LLC

    L18000160290 MASS LLC

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

  57. Naveen says:

    I have figures in a line beak
    In another column I need to add up the numbers before "/". Do you have a formula for that please?
    Thanks in advance.

    • Doug says:

      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.

  58. Umesh says:

    How to split number of live sheet into individual no and add them
    Ex: 254.56 into 25456
    I split no but unable add them

    • Doug says:

      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.

    • Doug says:

      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.

  59. 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))
    Michael (Micky) Avidan
    “Microsoft® Answers" - Wiki author & Forums Moderator
    “Microsoft®” Excel MVP – Excel (2009-2018)

  60. 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 or

      Sorry I can't assist you better.

  61. 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 or
      Sorry we can’t assist you better.

  62. 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 or

      Sorry I can't assist you better.

  63. 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.

  64. 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?

  65. Ian says:

    hi there,
    can i ask help how to split between 12 digits & 11 digits different rows?

  66. Bipin Adhikari says:

    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:-

  67. 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

  68. Alexander fries says:

    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,

  69. 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.


    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

  71. Paul says:

    How to split string by line break in Excel

    How to split string in DDD, EEE, FFF, GGG

  72. 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

  73. 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"..


  74. 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:,"

    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?


  75. PFS says:

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

    Amazon EU AMAZON.CO.UK LUX 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.

  76. 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.

  77. Nidhin says:


    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

  78. Ranger01 says:

    I have a character string, for example: GTHSYSKSSGSJSJGSUSKKS

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


  79. 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*****"


    "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.


  80. 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.

    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,

  81. 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

  82. 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


  83. 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.

  84. Shimu says:


    I want to split the below into columns

    I want my end result to be

    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


      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

  85. 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.


    • saiph says:

      looks for the commas and uses mid to select the text between them.
      Assumes text is in A10.

  86. 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


  87. 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
    orange and apple or

    • 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.

  88. subhash says:

    04 particulars in 04 row how we make the one coloumn. in excel
    Name Address mail add phone no.
    Smt Anju Devi Dhanka, IND
    Bassi ( Jaipur)
    M-8, Gandhi Nagar, Jaipur.,

      • SAM says:

        Telephone error: Please enter the telephone number (area code and telephone number separated by a space or delimiter) AM STUCK

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