How to split word or number into separate cells in Excel?

If you have a list of numbers or words in a worksheet, and now you need to split the cell contents into letters on different cells as following screenshot shown, how can you deal with this job in Excel?


arrow blue right bubble Split word or number into separate cells with formula

With the following simple formula, you can separate the cell contents on different cells quickly and conveniently.

1. In a blank cell next to your data, C1 for instance, please enter this formula =MID($A1, COLUMNS($A$1:A$1), 1), see screenshot:

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2. Then drag the fill handle over to the right cells until displaying blank cells, and the content in cell A1 has been split into separate cells.

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3. And then continuing drag the fill handle down to the range that you want to apply this formula, and all the data in column A will be separated on different cells as you like. See screenshot:

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arrow blue right bubble Split word or number into separate cells with VBA code

If you are interested in VBA code, the following code also can do you a favor.

1. Hold down the ALT + F11 keys in Excel to open the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.

2. Click Insert > Module, and paste the following code in the Module Window.

VBA code: Split word into separate cells

Sub SplitStuff()
'Updateby Extendoffice
Dim Rng As Range
Dim InputRng As Range, OutRng As Range
xTitleId = "KutoolsforExcel"
Set InputRng = Application.Selection
Set InputRng = Application.InputBox("Range :", xTitleId, InputRng.Address, Type:=8)
Set OutRng = Application.InputBox("Out put to (single cell):", xTitleId, Type:=8)
Application.ScreenUpdating = False
For Each Rng In InputRng
    xValue = Rng.Value
    xRow = Rng.Row
    For i = 1 To VBA.Len(xValue)
        OutRng.Cells(xRow, i).Value = VBA.Mid(xValue, i, 1)
    Next
Next
Application.ScreenUpdating = True
End Sub

3. Then press F5 key to run this code, and a prompt box will remind you to select the data range that you want to use, see screenshot:

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4. Click OK, and another prompt box will pop out to tell you to select a cell for locate the result.

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5. Then click OK, and the words or numbers in the selected cells have been split to individual characters. See screenshot:

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arrow blue right bubble Split word or number into separate cells with Kutools for Excel

Kutools for Excel’s Split Cells feature is a powerful tool which can help you to split cell content into separated columns or rows with specific delimiters, at the same time, it also can separate the text and number into two columns.

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After installing kutools for Excel, please do as follows:

1. Select the cells that you want to split.

2. Then click Kutools > Merge & Split > Split Cells, see screenshot:

3. In the Split Cells dialog box, please select Split to Columns under the Type, then check Specify width under the Split by section, and enter the number 1 into the text box which means to split the word into separated cells by each one character. See screenshot:

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4. Then click Ok button, another prompt box is popped out to remind you select a cell to output the result, see screenshot:

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5. And then click OK, the cell contents in the selection have been split to individual characters. See screenshot:

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arrow blue right bubble Split word or number into separate cells with Kutools for Excel

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arrow blue right bubble Combine separated letters or numbers into one word or number

Combine separated letters or numbers into one word or number

If you want to combine these separated cell letters into one word by contrast with above methods, Kutools for Excel's Combine utility can help you combine them into one cell as quickly as you can.

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    Urip · 2 years ago
    I have compounds, how to split based on element symbol:
    Ca(ClO4)2, --> Ca, (, Cl, O, 4, ), 2
    MgSO4 --> Mg, S, O, 4
    Help me.
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      skyyang · 2 years ago
      Hello, Urip,
      I'm Sorry, may be there is no direct way for solving your problem.
      Anyone has a good solution, please comment here.
      Thank you!
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    Ralph · 4 years ago
    Thank you for this! It worked and saved me so much time to do it manually!