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How to split cells by first space delimiter in Excel?

Author: Siluvia Last Modified: 2020-06-04

In Excel, you can quickly split cell content separated by comma, space or other delimiter with text to column feature. Here in this article, we will show you how to split cell by first space delimiter in Excel.

Split cell by first space delimiter in Excel

Split cell by first space delimiter in Excel

Supposing you have a list of data as below screenshot shown. And you want to split the cell content to two columns by first space. Please do as follows.

1. Select a blank cell to locate the split value. Such as B2.

2. Copy and paste the formula =LEFT(A2,FIND(" ",A2)-1) into the Formula Bar, and then press the Enter key. Drag the Fill Handle down to the cell range you want to split.

Now the contents before the first space are all split out.

3. Select cell C2, copy and paste formula =RIGHT(A2,LEN(A2)-FIND(" ",A2)) into the Formula Bar, then press the Enter key. Drag the Fill Handle down to the range you need. And all the contents after the first space have been extracted. See screenshot:

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this only works if the delimiter is after the same number of characters in each row.  this is trash. 
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You are incorrect. The examples might all be fixed width but the code will work for a variable width first word.
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Heads up! Keep in mind that some rows in these kind of files might not have a last name, for some reason, thus, they won't have a space, and the formula will fail.
So add a IFERROR() -> IFERROR(LEFT(A2,FIND(" ",A2)-1), A2) - So the cell picks up the name at least, if the last name isn't present.
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