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How to stop splitting text to columns when paste data in Excel?

In Excel, if you copy some data from other file format and paste to a worksheet, then split the data by Text to Column function, then in next time when you paste data with a similar type to worksheet, the data will be automatically split to columns. Sometimes, you want to prevent the data being split. Here I will tell you how to stop the auto text to column in Excel.

Prevent text to column when paste data

Split Cells (split a cell into multiple columns to multiple rows based on a separator or fixed width.)

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For example, you have data in a text document as below screenshot shown:

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Then you copy it and paste to the worksheet, and then use the Text to Column function, and split the data by comma, see screenshot:


Then click OK, the data has been split by comma. And when you copy and paste data with commas into Excel next time, the data will be split by comma automatically.

Now I will tell you how to stop this auto text to column.

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1. Just select a blank cell, then type any data in it, then select it, and click Data > Text to Columns. See screenshot:


2. In the Text to Columns dialog, check Delimited option, and click Next to go to next step; then in next step dialog, keep all options unchecked in Delimiters section. See screenshot:


3. Click Finish. Now when you copy data from other file format and paste data into worksheet, the text won’t be split automatically.

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    Phil-S · 22 days ago
    Thank you for the article

    This over-helpful feature has been driving me up the wall since I first started using it - it's a pest

    I've been having to resort to first copying text in Open Office calc then copying and pasting into Excel

    I can't understand why turning it on once keeps the damn thing active.
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    Me · 3 months ago
    Thank Goodness, finally a straight forward answer instead of all the nonsense MS and techies give, thank you!
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    berber · 1 years ago
    Exactly what i needed!
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    Emmie · 1 years ago
    Thank you! Just what I needed.
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    GatesIsAntiChrist · 1 years ago
    Perfect. Microsoft designers jerkoffedly deem that they know what the user wants more than the user does, and the a$$****s that they are, they stuff behaviors down the users' throats, such as this especially aggravating one. I adapted your suggestion and condensed minimally for those who want a fast automated version, which some might put in personal.xls (sorry, this board's posting software clips beneficial whitespace):

    Sub UnFugckMicrosoftStuffingAutomaticTextParsingDownYourThroat()
    Cells(1)="A" 'Required; you must have something to parse
    Selection.TextToColumns DataType:=xlDelimited, Tab:=False, Selection:=False, Comma:=False, Space:=False, Other:=False
    ActiveWorkbook.Close False
    End Sub