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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?

Reverse the concatenate function to split cell value to multiple cells with formula

Reverse the concatenate function to split cell value to multiple cells with Text to Columns

Reverse the concatenate function to split cell value to multiple cells with Kutools for Excel


Reverse concatenate function to split cells into separate columns

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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:

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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:

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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.


arrow blue right bubble Reverse the concatenate function to split cell value to multiple cells with Text to Columns

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:

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3. In Step 1 of the Convert Text To Columns Wizard, select Delimited option, see screenshot:

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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:

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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:

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6. Then, click Finish button, the selected cell values have been split into multiple columns, see screenshot:

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arrow blue right bubble Reverse the concatenate function to split cell value to multiple cells with Kutools for Excel

With Kutools for Excel’s Split Cells feature, you can split the cell contents into multiple columns or rows you need.

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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 > Text > Split Cells, see screenshot:

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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:

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4. Click Ok button, and a prompt box will pop out to remind you select a cell to output the result, see screenshot:

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5. And then click OK, you will get the following results:

Split cell values into multiple columns:

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Split cell values into multiple rows:

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    swapni · 1 years ago
    sorry I m not see perfect in first time
    this formula is perfect and correct
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    swapni · 1 years ago
    you are A Rong Talling thissss formula
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    jackie t · 2 years ago
    Excellent directions!
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    Takawira Dirani · 2 years ago
    oh snap, i got it above...using text to columns then split option = 'space'
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    Takawira Dirani · 2 years ago
    Thank you so much, helpful indeed. What if there is no comma delimiter in between the words like, "Steve Simpson" and you still want to split?
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    James Hoover · 2 years ago
    Currently making a scrabble scorer to determine scored points in my scrabble games. I really needed this to simplify the work being done. Ty.
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    SFields · 2 years ago
    Thank you very much for all the detail. It was very easy to follow. We may take all the classes in the world, but when you don't use the functions regularly, you forget. I have bookmarked your site for future use. Thank you.
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    Md. Abu Kaisar · 2 years ago
    Thanks a lot for your cooperation. Lucky to have you.