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Split text into different columns with the Convert Text to Columns Wizard

Split text into different columns with the Convert Text to Columns Wizard

You can take the text in one or more cells, and spread it out across multiple cells. This is called parsing, and is the opposite of concatenating, where you can combine text from two or more cells into one cell. For example, if you have a column of full names, you can split that column into separate first name and last name columns, like this:

Before and after of text split into different columns

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  1. You can take the text in one or more cells, and split it into multiple cells using the Convert Text to Columns Wizard.

  2. Select the cell or column that contains the text you want to split.

  3. Select Data > Text to Columns.

  4. In the Convert Text to Columns Wizard, select Delimited > Next.

  5. Select the Delimiters for your data. For example, Comma and Space. You can see a preview of your data in the Data preview window.

  6. Select Next.

  7. Select the Column data format or use what Excel chose for you.

  8. Select the Destination, which is where you want the split data to appear on your worksheet.

  9. Select Finish.

See Also

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