## Split text string at specific character in a cell in Excel

This tutorial explains how to split texts string at a specific character into separate column cells with formulas in Excel.

#### How to split text string at specific character in a cell in Excel?

Supposing you have a text string list in column B as the below screenshot, and you want to split texts at the character “-” and output them in three separate columns. In this case, the below formulas can do you a favor.

**Generic formulas**

Generic formula for splitting the left text

=LEFT(text_string,FIND("Char", text_string)-1)

Generic formula for splitting the middle text

=MID(text_string, FIND("Char", text_string) + 1, FIND("Char", text_string,FIND("Char", text_string)+1) - FIND("Char", text_string) - 1)

Generic formula for splitting the right text

=RIGHT(text_string,LEN(text_string) - FIND("Char", text_string, FIND("Char", text_string) + 1))

**Arguments of above formulas**

**Text_string**: The text string that you want to split text from;

**Char**: The character you will split text based on.

**How to use these formulas?**

##### Firstly, split the first text string based on specific character

1. Select a blank cell to output the result. Here I select C3.

2. Enter the below formula into it and press the **Enter** key. And then drag the cell with your LEFT formula all the way down to apply it to other cells.

**=LEFT(B3,FIND("-",B3)-1)**

##### Secondly, split the middle text string based on specific character

1. Select a blank cell such as D3 to output the result.

2. Enter the below formula into it and press the **Enter** key. Select the result cell, drag the Fill Handle down to apply the formula to other cells.

**=MID(B3, FIND("-",B3) + 1, FIND("-",B3,FIND("-",B3)+1) - FIND("-",B3) - 1)**

##### Finally, split the last text string based on specific character

1. Select a blank cell such as E3 to output the result.

2. Enter the below formula into it and press the **Enter** key. Select the result cell, drag the Fill Handle down to apply the formula to other cells.

**=RIGHT(B3,LEN(B3) - FIND("-", B3, FIND("-", B3) + 1))**

Now text string in each cell of column B have been split into three parts.

**Tips**: If you only want to split the text string into two parts based on a specific character, after splitting the first part with the above LEFT formula, you can apply the below RIGHT formula to extract the second part as the below screenshot shown.

**=RIGHT(B3,LEN(B3)-FIND("-",B3))**

**How these formulas work?**

**=LEFT(B3,FIND("-",B3)-1)**

**FIND("-",B3)**: The FIND function returns the starting position of character “-” in the text string KTE-Jan-359. The result is 4.**LEFT(B3,4-1)**: The LEFT function extracts 3 characters (4-1=3) from the left side of the text string KTE-Jan-359. Here the result is KTE.**Note**: As the first character “-” is in the 4th position of the text string, you need to subtract 1 to exclude it from extracting.

**=MID(B3, FIND("-",B3) + 1, FIND("-",B3,FIND("-",B3)+1) - FIND("-",B3) - 1)**

**FIND("-",B3) + 1**: The FIND function returns the starting position of character “-” in the text string KTE-Jan-359. Here the result is 4.**Note**: As the first character "-" is in the 4th position of the text string, you need to add 1 to 4 in order to extract texts after it, and finally we end of with 4+1=5.**FIND("-",B3,FIND("-",B3)+1)**here is shown as FIND("-",KTE-Jan-359,4+1): The Find function finds the position of character "-" starting from the 5th character in KTE-Jan-359. And returns the result as 8.**MID(B3, 5, 8 - 4 - 1)**: MID(KTE-Jan-359,5,3) which means that the MID function extracts 3 number of characters starting from the 5th character in the text string KTE-Jan-359. And the result is Jan.

**=RIGHT(B3,LEN(B3) - FIND("-", B3, FIND("-", B3) + 1))**

**LEN(B3)**: The LEN function calculates the total length of text string KTE-Jan-359, and returns the result as 11.**FIND("-",B3,FIND("-",B3)+1)**: The Find function finds the position of character "-" starting from the 5th character in KTE-Jan-359. And returns the result as 8.**RIGHT(B3,11 - 8))**: The RIGHT function extracts 3 (11-8) characters from the right side of KTE-Jan-359. Here the result is 359.

#### Related functions

**Excel LEFT function**

The LEFT function extracts the given number of characters from the left side of a supplied string.

**Excel FIND function**

The FIND function is used to find a string within another string, and returns the starting position of the string inside another one.

**Excel MID function**

The MID function is used to find and return a specific number of characters from the middle of given text string.

**Excel RIGHT function**

The RIGHT function extracts a specific number of characters from the right side of the text string.

**Excel LEN function**

The Excel LEN function returns the number of characters in a text string.

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