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How to split date and time from a cell to two separated cells in Excel?

For instance, you have a list of data mixed with date and time, and you want to split each of them into two cells, one is date and another is time as below screenshots shown. Now I give you two quick methods to solve it in Excel.



If you use copy and paste functions to copy the each date and time one by one, it is time-waste. Here are some formulas can help you quickly split the date and time.

1. Select a column range that you want to put the date results only, and right click to select Format Cells from the context menu. See screenshot:
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2. In the Format Cells dialog, under Number tab, click Date from Category section, the go to Type list to select a date type you need. See screenshot:doc split date time 3

3. Click OK to close the dialog. Then go to select another column range you want to put the time only and format them as the time type you need. See screenshot:doc split date time 4

4. Click OK to close the Format Cells dialog. Then in the first cell of the Date column (except the header), type this formula =INT(A2) (A2 is the cell you need to split by), then drag the fill handle to the range needed to apply this formula. See screenshots:
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5. Go to the first cell of Time column (except header) and type this formula =A2-C2 (A2 is the cell you split by, and C2 is the date cell), and drag fill handle over the range you need. See screenshots:

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Then the date and time have been split into two cells.


The most easy and conveniet method to split date and time is applying the Split Cells utility of Kutools for Excel, no doubt!

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After installing Kutools for Excel, please do as below:(Free Download Kutools for Excel Now!)

1. Select the date time cells and click Kutools > Text > Split Cells. See screenshot:
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2. In the Split Cells dialog, check Split to Columns and Space options. See screenshot:
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3. Click Ok and select a cell to output the separated values and click OK. See screenshot:
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Now the cells have been split into separated date and time.
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Tip. With Split Cells utility, you can split single cell into rows or columns by delimiter or fixed width. If you want to have a free trial of the Split Cells function, please go to free try Kutools for Excel first, and then go to apply the operation according above steps.


Remove Time From DateTime

In Excel, to remove 12:11:31 from 1/21/2017 12:11:31 and make it exactly 1/21/2017, you may have to take some time to create a formula to handle this job. However, the Remove time from date utility of Kutools for Excel can quickly remove timestamp permanently from the date time formatting in Excel. Click to download 30-day free trial.

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With the convenient utility – Extract Text of Kutools for Excel, you also can quickly extract the date and time from one column to two columns.

After installing Kutools for Excel, please do as below:(Free Download Kutools for Excel Now!)

1. Firstly, you need to format cells as date and time. Select one column range and right click to select Format Cells from context menu. Then in the Format Cells dialog, click Date under Categories section and select one date type. See screenshots:
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2. Click OK. And go to another column range and format it as time. see screenshot:
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3. Select the date and time cells (except header) and click Kutools > Text > Extract Text. See screenshot:
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4. Then in the Extract Text dialog, type * and a space into the Text box, then click Add to add it to the Extract list. See screenshots:

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5. Click Ok and select a cell to put the dates. See screenshot:

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6. Click OK. You can see the date data has been extracted.
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7. Select the date and time data again and click Kutools > Text > Extract Text. And remove all the criteria of Extract list, and type a space and * into the Text box and add it to the Extract list. See screenshots:

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8. Click Ok to select a cell for putting out the result and click OK to close the dialog. Now the data has been split into columns.
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Note: You can change the space as other separator as your need.

Tip: With Extract Text can quickly extract data by substring. Actually, in Kutools for Excel, you can extract emails, split first, middle and last name, convert string to date and so on.If you want to have a free trial of the Extract Text function,please go to free download Kutools for Excel first, and then go to apply the operation according above steps.


In Excel, you also can use Text to Column to split the Date and Time column to columns.

1. Select the data range and click Data > Text to Columns, then in the popping dialog, check Delimited option. See screenshot:

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2. Then click Next to open the Convert Text to Column Wizard Step 2 of 3 dialog, check Space (you also can select other delimiters as your need) in the Delimiters section. See screenshot:
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3. Click Finish to close dialog, then the data range is split into columns. Select the Date range and right click to select Format Cells from context menu. See screenshot:
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4. Then in the Format Cells dialog, click Date from Categories section, and select the date type you need under Type section. See screenshot:
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5. Click OK. Now the result is shown as below;
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Note: You’d better copy the original data before using Text to Column because it will break the original data.


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    Avinash Wadkar · 6 months ago
    002/18-19 / 5-4-2018 this is bill no and date, plz guide me how to make saprate coloum of this two?
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      Sunny · 6 months ago
      Hello, Avinash Wadkar, could you tell me clearly which one is bill number and date? If 002/18-19 is the bill no, and 5-4-2018 is the date, just using text to columns utility, and split them by space.
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    Mani · 1 years ago
    Date format is 3162018 so how can I convert that in 03/16/2018.pls provide easy way to perform for large data.
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      Sunny · 1 years ago
      Use formula =TEXT(A1,"00000000") to add leading zeros to the strings, then copy the results and paste them as values, then use this formula =DATE(RIGHT(C1,4),MID(C1,3,2),LEFT(C1,2)) to convert them to the standard date format.
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    Sheila · 1 years ago
    Hi! This article has been useful to me. Thank you.
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    Yousuf Sheikh · 2 years ago
    when i split this date and time
    10/25/2017 13:57
    10/25/2017 17:49



    it splits into


    25/09/2017
    where in my original data month is october


    please any suggestions
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      Sunny · 2 years ago
      Thanks for your leaving message, which method you use to split the date time? I have tried many times, above methods split date time mm/dd/yyyy hh:mm into separate columns well.
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    Muhammad zahir · 2 years ago
    18452/1-Apr-2015
    how to sort this data date and bill no.
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    Muhammad zahir · 2 years ago
    18452/1-Apr-2015
    HOW TO SORT THIS DATA IN EXCEL 18452 IS BILL NO OR DATE PLEASE MAKE ME HELP
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      ARSHAD · 2 years ago
      SELECTE 18452 AND GO TO FORMAT CELL AND SELCET DATE.
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    ahad · 3 years ago
    it is very very important for me. thanks.