TEXTSPLIT function in Excel: split cells / text strings by delimiter

The tutorial shows how to use the brand-new TEXTSPLIT function to split strings in Excel 365 by any delimiter that you specify.

There may be various situations when you need to split cells in Excel. In earlier versions, we were already equipped with a number of instruments to accomplish the task such as Text to Columns and Fill Flash. Now, we also have a special function for this, TEXTSPLIT, that can separate a string into multiple cells across columns or/and rows based on the parameters that you specify.

Excel TEXTSPLIT function

The TEXTSPLIT function in Excel splits text strings by a given delimiter across columns or/and rows. The result is a dynamic array that spills into multiple cells automatically.

The function takes as many as 6 arguments, only the first two of which are required.

TEXTSPLIT(text, col_delimiter, [row_delimiter], [ignore_empty], [match_mode], [pad_with])

Text (required) - the text to split. Can be supplied as a string or cell reference.

Col_delimiter (required) - a character(s) that indicates where to split the text across columns. If omitted, row_delimiter must be defined.

Row_delimiter (optional) - a character(s) that indicates where to split the text across rows.

Ignore_empty (optional) - specifies whether to ignore empty values or not:

  • FALSE (default) - create empty cells for consecutive delimiters without a value in-between.
  • TRUE - ignore empty values, i.e. don't create empty cells for two or more consecutive delimiters.

Match_mode (optional) - determines case-sensitivity for the delimiter. Enabled by default.

  • 0 (default) - case-sensitive
  • 1 - case-insensitive

Pad_with (optional) - a value to use in place of missing values in two-dimensional arrays. The default is a #N/A error.

For example, to divide a text string in A2 into multiple cells using a comma and a space as the separator, the formula is:

=TEXTSPLIT(A2, ", ") TEXTSPLIT function to divide text string in Excel

TEXTSPLIT availability

The TEXTSPLIT function is only available in Excel for Microsoft 365 (Windows and Mac) and Excel for the web.


  • In Excel versions where the TEXTSPLIT function is not available (other than Excel 365), you can use the Text to Columns wizard to split cells.
  • To perform the reverse task, i.e. to join the contents of multiple cells into one using a certain delimiter, TEXTJOIN is the function to use.

Basic TEXTSPLIT formula to split a cell in Excel

For starters, let's see how to use a TEXTSPLIT formula in its simplest form to split a text string by a particular delimiter.

Split a cell horizontally across columns

To divide the contents of a given cell into multiple columns, supply a reference to the cell containing the original string for the first (text) argument and the delimiter that marks the point where the splitting should occur for the second (col_delimiter) argument.

For example, to separate the string in A2 horizontally by comma, the formula is:


For the delimiter, we use a comma enclosed in double quotes (",").

As a result, each item separated by a comma goes into an individual column: Splitting a cell horizontally across columns

Split a cell vertically across rows

To split text across multiple rows, the third argument (row_delimiter) is where you place the delimiter. The second argument (col_delimiter) is omitted in this case.

For instance, to separate the values in A2 into different rows, the formula is:

=TEXTSPLIT(A2, ,",") Splitting a cell vertically across rows

Please note that, in both cases, the formula is only entered in one cell (C2). In neighboring cells, the returned values spill automatically. The resulting array (which is called a spill range) is highlighted with a blue border indicating that everything inside it is calculated by the formula in the upper left cell.

Split text by substring

In many cases, the values in the source string are separated by a sequence of characters, a comma and a space being a typical example. To handle this scenario, use a substring for the delimiter.

For instance, to separate the text in A2 into multiple columns by a comma and a space, use the string ", " for col_delimiter.

=TEXTSPLIT(A2, ", ")

This formula goes to B2, and then you copy it down through as many cells as needed. Split cells by a substring

Split string into columns and rows at once

To split a text string into rows and columns at a time, define both delimiters in your TEXTSPLIT formula.

For example, to split the text string in A2 across columns and rows, we supply:

  • The equal sign ("=") for col_delimiter
  • A comma and a space (", ") for row_delimiter

The complete formula takes this form:

=TEXTSPLIT(A2, "=", ", ")

The result is a 2-D array consisting of 2 columns and 3 rows: Splitting a string into columns and rows at once

Separate cells by multiple delimiters

To handle multiple or inconsistent delimiters in the source string, use an array constant like {"x","y","z"} for the delimiter argument.

In the screenshot below, the text in A2 is delimited by both commas (",") and semicolons (";") with and without spaces. To split the string vertically into rows by all 4 variations of the delimiter, the formula is:

=TEXTSPLIT(A2, , {",",", ",";","; "})

Or, you can include only a comma (",") and semicolon (";") in the array, and then remove extra spaces with the help of the TRIM function:

=TRIM(TEXTSPLIT(A2, , {",",";"}))

Splitting a string by multiple delimiters

Split text ignoring empty values

If the string contains two or more consecutive delimiters without a value between them, you can choose whether to ignore such empty values or not. This behavior is controlled by the fourth ignore_empty parameter, which defaults to FALSE.

By default, the TEXTSPLIT function does not ignore empty values. The default behavior works nicely for structured data as in the below example.

In this sample table, the scores are missing in some strings. The TEXTSPLIT formula with the ignore_empty argument omitted or set to FALSE handles this case perfectly, creating an empty cell for each empty value.

=TEXTSPLIT(A2, ", ")



As a result, all the values appear in the appropriate columns. Split strings creating empty cells for missing values.

In case your strings contain homogeneous data, it may stand to reason to ignore empty values. For this, set the ignore_empty argument to TRUE or 1.

For instance, to divide t the below strings placing each skill in a separate cell without gaps, the formula is:


In this case, the missing values between consecutive delimiters are ignored completely: Split text ignoring empty values.

Cell splitting case-sensitive or case-insensitive

To control the case-sensitivity of the delimiter, make use of the fifth argument, match_mode.

By default, match_mode is set to 0, making TEXTSPLIT case-sensitive.

In this example, the numbers are separated by the lowercase "x" and uppercase "X" letters.

The formula with the default case-sensitivity only accepts the lowercase "x" as the delimiter:

=TEXTSPLIT(A2, " x ")

Please pay attention that the delimiter has a space on both sides of the letter " x " in order to prevent leading and trailing spaces in the results. Case-sensitive TEXTSPLIT formula

To turn off case sensitivity, you supply 1 for match_mode to force the TEXTSPLIT formula to ignore the letter case:

=TEXTSPLIT(A2, " x ", , ,1)

Now, all the strings are split correctly by either delimiter: Case-insensitive TEXTSPLIT formula

Pad missing values in 2D array

The last argument of the TEXTSPLIT function, pad_with, comes in handy in case one or more values are missing in the source string. When such a string is split into both columns and rows, by default, Excel returns #N/A errors instead of the missing values not to mangle the structure of a two-dimensional array.

In the below string, there is no "=" (col_delimiter) after "Score". To keep the integrity of the resulting array, TEXTSPLIT outputs #N/A next to "Score". #N/A errors appear in the place of missing values.

To make the result more user-friendly, you can replace the #N/A error with any value you want. Simply, type the desired value in the pad_with argument.

In our case, that could be a hyphen ("-"):

=TEXTSPLIT(A2, "=", ", ", , ,"-") Pad missing values with a hyphen.

Or an empty string (""):

=TEXTSPLIT(A2, "=", ", ", , ,"") Show blanks for missing values.

Now that you've learned practical uses of each argument of the TEXTSPLIT function, let's discuss a couple of advanced examples that can help you cope with non-trivial challenges in your Excel spreadsheets.

Split dates into day, month and year

To divide a date into individual units, first you need to convert date to text because the TEXTSPLIT function deals with text strings while Excel dates are numbers.

The easiest way to convert a numeric value to text is by using the TEXT function. Just be sure to supply an appropriate format code for your date.

In our case, the formula is:

=TEXT(A2, "m/d/yyyy")

The next step is to nest the above function in the 1st argument of TEXTSPLIT and enter the corresponding delimiter for the 2nd or 3rd argument, depending on whether you are splitting across columns or rows. In this example, the date units are delimited with slashes, so we use "/" for the col_delimiter argument:

=TEXTSPLIT(TEXT(A2, "m/d/yyyy"), "/") Splitting dates into day, month and year

Split cells and remove certain characters

Imagine this: you've split a long string into pieces, but the resulting array still contains some unwanted characters, such as parentheses in the screenshot below:

=TEXTSPLIT(A2, " ", "; ") The resulting array contains some unwanted characters.

To strip off the opening and closing parentheses at a time, nest two SUBSTITUTE functions one into another (each replacing one parenthesis with an empty string) and use the TEXTSPLIT formula for the text argument of the inner SUBSTITUTE:

=SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(TEXTSPLIT(A2, " ", "; "), "(", ""), ")", "") Split cells removing unwanted characters

Tip. If the final array contains too many extra characters, you can purge them using one of the methods described in this article: How to remove unwanted characters in Excel.

Split strings skipping certain values

Supposing you want to separate the below strings into 4 columns: First name, Last name, Score, and Result. The problem is that some strings contain the title "Mr." or "Ms.", because of which the results are all wrong: Strings are split incorrectly because of excessive values.

The solution is not obvious but quite simple :)

In addition to the existing delimiters, which are a space (" ") and a comma and a space (", "), you include the strings "Mr. " and "Ms. " in the col_delimiter array constant, so that the function uses the titles themselves to separate the text. To ignore empty values, you set the ignore_empty argument to TRUE.

=TEXTSPLIT(A2, {" ",", ","Mr. ","Ms. "}, ,TRUE)

Now, the results are absolutely perfect! Split strings skipping certain values.

TEXTSPLIT alternatives

In Excel versions where the TEXTSPLIT function is not supported, you can divide strings by using different combinations of the SEARCH / FIND function with LEFT, RIGHT and MID. In particular:

  • Case-insensitive SEARCH or case-sensitive FIND determines the position of the delimiter within a string, and
  • The LEFT, RIGHT, and MID functions extract a substring before, after or between two instances of the delimiter.

In our case, to split the values separated by a comma and a space, the formulas go as follows.

To extract the name:

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

To pull the score:

=MID(A2, SEARCH(",", A2) + 2, SEARCH(",", A2, SEARCH(",",A2)+1) - SEARCH(",", A2) - 2)

To get the result:

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

For the detailed explanation of the formulas' logic, see How to split strings by character or mask.

Please keep in mind that unlike the dynamic array TEXTSPLIT function, these formulas follow the traditional one-formula-one-cell approach. You enter the formula in the first cell, and then drag it down the column to copy to the below cells.

The screenshot below shows the results: TEXTSPLIT alternatives to split strings in Excel

That's how to split cells in Excel 365 by using TEXTSPLIT or alternative solutions in earlier versions. I thank you for reading and hope to see you on our blog next week!

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TEXTSPLIT function to split strings – formula examples (.xlsx file)


  1. Hi I kindly request for your assistance. This is my data scanned from a medicine. This is from a QR code and it comes out as 1 line. I need to separate the batch number, expiry, manufacture date and serial.


    Here's what I want as a result

    130097 02/2021 02/2024 00000000015S1X

  2. Hi,
    I thought I had this figured out but I am running to an issue with =textsplit
    When I cut and paste from the page the textsplit is referencing I get the #REF error. Not cutting and pasting is not an option for me, so I was hoping to create a button that I can click and that would "reset" the textsplit criteria and replace the broken formula. This might require VBA.
    =textsplit(wednesday!A10, ", ")
    down to (wednesday!A1380)
    For my worksheet purpose the button would reference column CL2765 through CL4135 and reset the textsplit criteria referencing Wednesday!A10:A1380
    Any insight or other work arounds would be much appreciated.

      • HI Alexander, thanks for your reply.
        Is this even doable without VBA, just like a macro? Is it even doable with VBA?

        There is another way to get around this but I am running into the issue of the "#REF!" error in the formula. Is there a way for excel to recognize "#REF!" in the formula and not just the cell value.
        I've tried to count, find, search for "#REF!" but it only returns a value if the cell has the error and not embedded in the formula. I hope all of this makes since.
        This is my formula, and I would like a corresponding cell to recognize the "#REF!" and return a value like 1.
        =IFERROR(TEXTSPLIT(MONDAY!#REF!, ", "),"")

        • Hi! If my understanding of your question is correct, you can use the FORMILATEXT function to get the text of the formula. Then check whether this text contains "#REF!.
          For example:

          =IF(ISNUMBER(SEARCH("#REF!",FORMULATEXT(A2))), "#REF!", "")

          For more information, please read: How to find substring in Excel

      • Hi, I was able to figure it out using =error.type, then using helper cells!

  3. How can you split and count the values if the strings are like this:

    A 4
    B 3
    C 5
    D 8
    E 5
    F 6

  4. Hi Alexander,

    I have a long list of comma-separated Microsoft products and have been trying to figure out a formula that can parse out the text (preserving spaces placement) to end up with a single list of the products. Once this is figured out, I want to wrap that in the UNIQUE and SORT functions resulting in a list with one instance of each product as there are many duplicates. Here are a few lines from the data I'm working with...

    Microsoft Power Automate Free,Azure Active Directory Premium P1
    Microsoft Power Automate Free,Azure Active Directory Premium P1,Office 365 E3
    Microsoft Power Automate Free,Azure Active Directory Premium P1,Office 365 E3
    Microsoft Power Automate Free,Azure Active Directory Premium P1,Office 365 E3
    Microsoft Power Automate Free,Azure Active Directory Premium P1,Office 365 E3,Teams Exploratory Trial
    Microsoft Power Automate Free,Microsoft 365 Audio Conferencing,Office 365 E3
    Microsoft Power Automate Free,Microsoft 365 Audio Conferencing,Power BI (free),Office 365 E3
    Microsoft Power Automate Free,Office 365 E3

    Sure hoping you can help. I've spent way too much time trying to figure this out on my own (including asking Chat GPT and Bard!) to no avail. Thank you!! :)

  5. Hi
    I have multi line Text in a cell with inconsistent delimiters.
    I'd like to split to rows using the line break delimiter.
    I can see i can use the "other" delimiter in Text to Columns using Alt0010 to specify the line delimiter but I can not find a solution to split into Rows ( rather than columns )
    Must I split to Columns and then transpose ?

    I can select Text ( Double Click and select text in Cell ) and then paste and it pastes to rows but this is very manual.
    Hoping there is a way thanks

  6. 23/10/2020 23:55:25 How should I Split this?

    • You haven't specified how you want to split, or what character to use as a separator. If you have text in your cell, all the formulas you need are in the article above. Or ask your question in a way that can be answered.

  7. SOS :) I like to troubleshoot, but not knowing Excel as well and after a couple days, I'm waving my flag. It's a very old directory that I'm cleaning up. Can anyone help with this? (Hope I explain well!)

    I have a column with different delimiters (imported as below). I've managed to separate some names that do not contain parentheses or the title of Mr & Mrs, but the names that imported as below are tough. (Some names have a Mr. & Mrs at the end or a M/M) I'm not sure if I need TRUE? And, I have a blank row in between each line item, so not sure how to omit the formula from being applied. Thanks for any help! :)

    Example: Alekna,Michael (Christin),Mr & Mrs

    Trying to separate and remove the parentheses and include the title Mr & Mrs in my "fourth" column.
    Here's my formula attempt:

    =TEXTSPLIT(A13, {" ",",","Mr. & Mrs.","M/M"},,TRUE)

  8. trying to split 14-14E208 and I get "4_14 1.40E+209"
    I know if I have a ' in front of 14E208 it keeps it text but I have a big sheet I need to apply this to.
    Help please

  9. Hi Alex, thanks for this guide it has saved me so much head scratching.
    I don't know if you would have the answer, but do you have any idea how I would add the textsplit formula (with it's dynamic population of columns filled, based on the split cell) using VBA?

    I currently have a sheet that is updated periodically to have a variable data set and so am trying to future proof and automate as much as possible.

    I have tried the following code, but to no avail, it only duplicates the first part of the split (before the delimiter) into the adjacent cell, but goes no further:

    Sub Q_IP_Service_Split()

    Q_IP_Service_Split Macro

    Sheets("Import Prepared").Select
    ActiveCell.FormulaR1C1 = _
    Selection.AutoFill Destination:=Range("AS4:AS" & Range("E" & Rows.Count).End(xlUp).Row)
    Range("AS4:AS" & Range("E" & Rows.Count).End(xlUp).Row).Select
    End Sub


      • All good, appreciate you letting me know. Thanks again for the guide

  10. I have a few hundred rows and each row has a column with email-addresses. Both internal and external addresses. The internals are not interesting, only the external ones.
    Suppose I have the following email-address: name@ company.com and the formula should result in company. What would be the correct formula.
    I have been struggling a bit with the textsplit function but can't get in to work.

  11. Hello
    I want split this text : A1={a b c ; e , f g h I }
    A2= {a b}, B2= {b},C2= {f g},D2= {g h},E2= {e}
    Please solve my essue.

    • Hi! Remove all unnecessary characters from the text using these instructions: How to delete special / unwanted characters in Excel


      All your results have a different pattern. So select the letters you want using the CHOOSECOLS function. For example, {a b} :

      ="{"&TEXTJOIN(" ",, CHOOSECOLS(TEXTSPLIT(TRIM(SUBSTITUTE( SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE( SUBSTITUTE(A1,",",""),";",""),"}",""),"{",""))," "),1,2))&"}"

  12. Hi @Alexander Trifuntov,

    Can you please help me the below scenario. Column1 always contains single value and ColumnB contains associated values with some delimiter. Table should be flattened for each 1-n relation. Numbers of rows are dynamic.

    Code SubCode
    A AB|AC
    B BA|BB|BC
    C CA

    Now the output should be
    Code SubCode
    A AB
    A AC
    B BA
    B BB
    B BC
    C CA
    D DA
    D DB
    D DC
    D DD
    D DE

    Thanks in advance.

  13. Hello!

    I am hoping to use a formula to convert the following delimited data example:

    [Column A] [Column B]
    Primary 1 Secondary 1;Secondary 2;Secondary 3
    Primary 2 Secondary 1;Secondary 2
    Primary 3 Secondary 1;Secondary 2;Secondary 3;Secondary 4

    into this:

    [Column A]
    Primary 1
    Secondary 1
    Secondary 2
    Secondary 3
    Primary 2
    Secondary 1
    Secondary 2
    Primary 3
    Secondary 1
    Secondary 2
    Secondary 3
    Secondary 4

    Could I use textsplit to do this? Thanks in advance!

    • To be clear, in the original data format, column A contains the primary entities, and column B contains a delimited list of the secondary entities.

  14. Hello, I am wondering if there is a simple way using either TEXTSPLIT or Convert to Table to split text from a cell based on the last word/number in the cell.
    I have data that has usually a number (with 2 decimal places i.e. ***.**) at the end of the text in the cell. I am trying to find a way to split the data such that the cell is split into two based on the last text item i.e number. The only way I can figure out how to do this which is very tedious for large datasets, is to ADD a delimiter in front of the last text item (number) for each cell and then use the delimiter method with Convert to Table to split the cells. I have given a fake example of data below that is similar, as you can see the preceding text is variable in that it is number and text and various lengths, and the final text in the cell is a number:

    Number of houses built in 2019 458.00
    Insurance Payment May 2022 151.46
    Item#XYZ6785ERYT for contractor 1096.43
    Hours billed for labour 3098.75
    Bicycle racks 43.00
    Credit 0.99

  15. Hello,
    I have the following issue - I have some text written in excel, and some times this text is longer then 255 chars. I need to import this text in a different software, but this software can not contain more than 255 chars in one text column. Is there a way to split the text if it is longer than 255 chars, and move the rest of it in the next cell?

    • Hi! To get the first 255 characters from text, use the formula:


      To extract characters after 255, use the formula:


      You can learn more about MID function in Excel in this article on our blog.

  16. Hello,

    How do I split one cell with multiple lines in it into separate columns with a formula?

    For example, the below is all in one cell with tabs in between:


    I know the delimiter on text to column is Ctrl J, but that doesnt translate when trying to split with a formula.

    Thank you

  17. In column A, there a few cells with 30 words or more that needs text splitting.
    For some reason I can't split them, and I'm not sure how to use textsplit alternatives for this.
    I have the Mac version 16.73.

    • Hello! The information you provided is not enough to give you any advice. Explain the problem in more detail. What is source data and what formula did you use?

  18. Hello:

    Is there any way to run formulas to separate information in multiple cells in a row, or do you need to run each one separately. For example, right now my data is in a row and two cells contain the following information.

    Row 1 - Cell A1: Jon Doe (Director) / Jane Doe (Manager) / Jack Doe (Sales)
    Row 1 - Cell B1: jon @anyemail.com; jane@ anyemail.com; jack@ anyemail.com

    Ultimately, I'd like the row to appear as follows:
    A1: Jon Doe
    B1: jon @anyemail.com
    C1: Jane Doe
    D1: jane @anyemail.com
    E1: Jack Doe
    F1: jack @anyemail.com

    Right now, I am running the formulas for each cell on separate sheets and then piecing the information back together on a row.

    Appreciate any help you can offer if this is doable. Thanks .

  19. Hi Sir,

    Am trying to delimiter the text ending with ; using the textsplit formula for

    Cell A1: DF-P DMA: New York, USA, city,etrt,erter,erterty,erytrhhgf,rtyrthfgh,rtyrtfg,sgdfgdfg,dgfdtry,dgsfgdfgh,sdgfdgfdg,sretsgdf,sdfgsfdg,sfdgsdgfd,sdfgsfdg,sdfvgt,syttrbfbg,sydfghdfgy,styshgfh,sgfhrsthgfh,rtyrthgfdhg,sertygfdhdfgy,sdfysrthfsrth,sertdgdfhdgf,hjghfhjdfg,hjisdfhigh,ioyioahjg,jkaghjs,kjhjkvbjkv,hjkaghj; DF-P Country: city,etrt,erter,erterty,erytrhhgf,rtyrthfgh


    Unfortunately, the texts before ; exceeded 255 hence
    Cell A2 shows empty value
    Cell B2 shows DF-P Country: city,etrt,erter,erterty,erytrhhgf,rtyrthfgh

    Do I need to add max limit in the above formula so the A2 can show
    DF-P DMA: New York, USA, city,etrt,erter,erterty,erytrhhgf,rtyrthfgh,rtyrtfg,sgdfgdfg,dgfdtry,dgsfgdfgh,sdgfdgfdg,sretsgdf,sdfgsfdg,sfdgsdgfd,sdfgsfdg,sdfvgt,syttrbfbg,sydfghdfgy,styshgfh,sgfhrsthgfh,rtyrthgfdhg,sertygfdhdfgy,sdfysrthfsrth,sertdgdfhdgf,hjghfhjdfg,hjisdfhigh,ioyioahjg,jkaghjs,kjhjkvbjkv,hjkaghj

    • You already asked this question! The text is written in A1. Your formula uses A2. The formula TEXTSPLIT(A1,";") or TEXTSPLIT(A1,";") works correctly

      • I tried and found that the texts before ; exceed 255 characters and so the Cell A2 shows empty value.

        Is there anything I need to add to the formula =(TEXTSPLIT(A1,";") so that even if the text exceeds 255 character before ; ,the cell will show the data.

        • I have not added anything to this formula. My formula (TEXTSPLIT(A2,";") shows more than 300 characters in the cell. With REPLACE function, you can insert an additional delimiter at any position if the text is longer than 255 characters.


  20. Hi Sir,
    I'm stuck with an issue on delimiter formula.
    On the below I have a list of texts and I tried to separate them from the text ending with ";"

    Cell A2: DFP-P DMA:New York NY, Minneapolis-St. Paul MN, Austin TX, Houston TX, Phoenix AZ, Chicago IL, Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto CA, Seattle-Tacoma WA, Philadelphia PA, Miami-Ft. Lauderdale FL, Tampa-St. Petersburg (Sarasota) FL, Dallas-Ft. Worth TX, Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne FL, Denver CO, San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose CA, Atlanta GA, Los Angeles CA, West Palm Beach-Ft. Pierce FL, Boston MA-Manchester NH, San Diego CA, Washington DC (Hagerstown MD), Salt Lake City UT, Portland OR;DFP-P Deliver Impressions:Front;DFP-P Device Cat:All Platforms;Audience:1P

    So I used this formula in A3: =IFERROR(TEXTSPLIT(A2,";"),"") but unfortunately
    A3 is showing empty
    B3 shows "DFP-P Deliver Impressions:Front"
    C3 shows "DFP-P Device Cat:All Platforms"
    D3 shows "Audience:1P"

    My query is A3 showed show
    DFP-P DMA:New York NY, Minneapolis-St. Paul MN, Austin TX, Houston TX, Phoenix AZ, Chicago IL, Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto CA, Seattle-Tacoma WA, Philadelphia PA, Miami-Ft. Lauderdale FL, Tampa-St. Petersburg (Sarasota) FL, Dallas-Ft. Worth TX, Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne FL, Denver CO, San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose CA, Atlanta GA, Los Angeles CA, West Palm Beach-Ft. Pierce FL, Boston MA-Manchester NH, San Diego CA, Washington DC (Hagerstown MD), Salt Lake City UT, Portland OR.

    Can you help me with it, I used few formula's from the above but it didn't worked out.

      • I tried and found that the texts before ; exceed 255 characters and so the Cell A3 shows empty value.

        Is there anything I need to add to the formula =IFERROR(TEXTSPLIT(A2,";"),""), so that even if the text exceeds 255 character before ; ,the cell will show the data.

  21. how do I split text to be in 1 column and numbers in the next, with no delimiter?
    here is an example:

  22. Hello

    Please can you assist I am trying to split a string of multiple values into columns


    FOREX SUNDRY DEBIT175010458701 ==> FOREX SUNDRY DEBIT 175010458701

    Thank you

  23. Hi, I want to extract each values before space & delimiter is yr,yr,k3,p2,ym. How do I do that. I am familiar with delimiter, but want to learn the formula to do that.
    TX01 INR 80YR TX02 INR 50YR TX03 INR 3184K3
    TX04 INR 236P2 TX05 INR 142YM

    answer required.
    find the below unique delimiter value in cell A1 & A2 get the value/number display before that
    YR 80
    YR 50
    K3 3184
    P2 236
    YM 142
    note: delimiter place is change randomly

      • Thank you so much

      • Dear Sir/Madam,

        Can we execute this formulas in excel 13.

    • Hi, sorry my brain is bleeding so may i ask how i can modify your code so that this string:


      will only show 1792.91 as a numerical value?

      please note i'm getting this string from webservice function and i'm directly applying the formula to the same cell so won't be using another cell as reference

      • Hi!
        Split the text with the two delimiters ":" and "}" using the advice from the article above. Then use the CHOOSECOLS function to select the sixth column.


        Hope this is what you need.

  24. How would I split this:

    01/23 text text text text
    02/23 text text text
    11/23 text text text

    into three columns?

  25. how can we split number with formula.

    example =1+2+3+4+12+36

    • Assuming that formula is in A1


  26. Spent hours on this can’t get it to work! All I want is a table that you can enter a full name in column A, press enter and it splits it into separate names in columns B, C & E (1st, middle, surname) Ive got one that splits dates that the whole team can use on sharepoint, so useful. Any tips? Thank you 🙏

  27. Hi, is there a way to make comma-separated values appear in columns as per below, where some values are not present eg:
    original column TEXTSPLIT columns: pig. dog. cat
    pig, dog, cat. 1 1 1
    dog 0 1 0
    cat, pig 1 0 1

    The FALSE to ignore missing values doesn't work here as it sees eg dog as column 1 rather than seeing a missing column 1 and value in column 2 only.
    In this example 1 or 0 could be replaced by {animal name} or {blank}.


    • ooh it messed up my text spacing when posting! Hope it still makes sense if you visually move the binary numbers under the 'TEXTSPLIT' column names.

  28. Is there a way to sum up the positive / negative numbers store in a single cell like A1=-32+25-8-16+7+8 by using the textsplit function with two delimeters "+" and "-" and reserve the signs " "+" and "-" for summing up calculation?

  29. I wrote a smal function:
    Function GetSplit(TXT_IN, SEP_IN, FLD_IN1, FLD_IN2)
    ' TXT_IN text input
    ' SEP_IN separator
    ' FLD_IN1 First field to return
    ' FLD_IN2 Number of fields to return

    If FLD_IN1 < 1 Or FLD_IN1 = "" Then
    FLD_1 = 1
    FLD_1 = FLD_IN1
    End If

    If FLD_IN2 < 1 Or FLD_IN2 = "" Then
    FLD_2 = 1
    FLD_2 = FLD_IN2
    End If

    POS_1 = 1
    For DUMMY_1 = 1 To FLD_1 - 1
    POS_11 = WorksheetFunction.Find(SEP_IN, TXT_TMP1 & SEP_IN)
    TXT_TMP1 = Mid(TXT_TMP1, POS_11 + 1, 999)
    POS_1 = POS_1 + POS_11


    POS_2 = WorksheetFunction.Find(SEP_IN, TXT_TMP1 & SEP_IN)
    TXT_TMP1 = Mid(TXT_TMP1, POS_2 + 1, 999)
    For DUMMY_1 = 1 To FLD_2 - 1
    POS_21 = WorksheetFunction.Find(SEP_IN, TXT_TMP1 & SEP_IN)
    TXT_TMP1 = Mid(TXT_TMP1, POS_21 + 1, 999)
    POS_2 = POS_2 + POS_21


    GetSplit = Mid(TXT_IN, POS_1, POS_2 - 1)

    End Function

  30. I need to know how to delete the last series of a string but that last section length may vary (5 or 6 characters). For example from this string I need to delete the value 1576525: ir158045-17348-1576525 but for this one, I need to delete 173487: ir158034184-173487 or in this one delete 1798867:

  31. Great tips...I always search your website for excel help.
    Do you have your youtube channel.
    Or are you there in LinkedIn platform....iam sure there will be lot of people who will get to learn from your content. . Please do send the updates if you are there in these platforms. Thank you...

  32. How do I use this in a table? for some reason, it will not work for me with a semicolon or a comma when using refernce text that is part of a table

  33. Please help me...How do i split this? 11)AWARD 9879, xxx Hurricane, Fuj, 16-18 Aug (V 228 1971 227)

    I only want these values to be split:
    xxx Hurricane
    16-18 Aug
    V 228 1971 227

    please help me

  34. for those like me who yet have Textsplit available, how to split text into array?

    Thanks ahead!

    • Hello Sunny,

      To split text into multiple columns, you can use older functions that work in all Excel versions. The formulas are slightly more complex, but they do work. For more details, please see the "TEXTSPLIT alternatives" section of this tutorial.

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