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How to split text by space/comma/delimiter in Excel?

If you have a column list of data and you want to split them into several columns by a specific delimiter just like the below screenshots shown, how can you split them in Excel? Maybe some of users think of the Text to Column function only, but now I will introduce not only Text to Columns function, but also a VBA code for you.

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arrow blue right bubble Split text strings into multiple columns by space/comma/delimiter by Text to Columns feature

Text to Columns feature is very useful to split a list to multiple columns in Excel. This method is talking about how to split data by specified delimiter with Text to Column feature in Excel. Please do as follows:

1. Select the column list you want to split by delimiter, and click Data > Text to Columns. See screenshot:

2. Then a Convert Text to columns Wizard dialog pops out, and check Delimited option, and click Next button. See screenshot:

3. In the opening Convert to Text to Columns Wizard - Step 2 of 3 dialog box, please check the delimiter you need to split the data by.

Note: If you need to split your text string by a special delimiter, please check the Other option, and then type the delimiter into following box.

4. Click Finish. Now you can see the column list in selection has been split into multiple columns by the specified delimiter.


arrow blue right bubble Split text strings into multiple rows/columns by space/comma/delimiter with Kutools for Excel

Above method can only split text strings into multiple columns. This method will introduce Kutools for Excel's Split Cells utility to split text strings into multiple rows or columns by specified delimiter in Excel easily.

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1. Select the range you will split text strings (in our case we select the range A1:A9 ), and click Kutools > Text > Split Cells.

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2. In the opening Split Cells dialog box, please check the Split to Rows option or Split to Columns options as you need in the Type section, next specify a delimiter in the Specify a separator section, and click the Ok button. See screenshot above:

Now another Split Cells dialog box pops out, please select the first cell of destination range and click the OK button.

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