How to reverse the concatenate function in Excel?
As we all known, the Concatenate function in Excel can help us to combine multiple cells into one cell, but, sometimes, you want to do the opposite of Concatenate function, it means not combine cells, but split cell value into multiple separated cells. Have you ever thought of reversing the Concatenate function in Excel?
In Excel, to split cell value into multiple cells, the following formula can help you, please do as follows:
1. Enter this formula: =TRIM(MID(SUBSTITUTE($A2,",",REPT(" ",999)),COLUMNS($A:A)*999-998,999)) into a blank cell where you want to put the result, and drag the fill handle right to the cells to contain this formula, see screenshot:
2. And then go on dragging the fill handle down to the range of cells to apply this formula, and all cell values have been split into separated cells by a comma, see screenshot:
Note: In the above formula, you can also split the cell values to multiple cells based on any other separator, you just need to change the comma between the quotes to other delimiters you want.
Actually, in Excel, the Text to Columns feature is opposite of the concatenate function, you can apply it to split cell values into multiple cells by any separators you need.
1. Select the cells that you want to split.
2. Click Data > Text to Columns, see screenshot:
3. In Step 1 of the Convert Text To Columns Wizard, select Delimited option, see screenshot:
4. Then click Next button, in Step 2 of the wizard, specify the separator that you want to use under the Delimiters option, see screenshot:
5. Go on clicking Next button, in Step 3 of the wizard, check General under the Column data format, and then select a cell where you want to locate the split values, see screenshot:
6. Then, click Finish button, the selected cell values have been split into multiple columns, see screenshot:
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After installing Kutools for Excel, please do as follows:
1. Select the data range that you want to split.
2. Click Kutools > Merge & Split > Split Cells, see screenshot:
3. In the Split Cells dialog box, select Split to Rows or Split to Columns that you want, and then specify a separator to split the cell values based on, see screenshot:
4. Click Ok button, and a prompt box will pop out to remind you select a cell to output the result, see screenshot:
5. And then click OK, you will get the following results:
Split cell values into multiple columns:
Split cell values into multiple rows:
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