How can I split data from 1 cell into 2 cells within excel

I have a leads list in MS Excel 2000, and the name field contains both LastName, FirstName. I would like to split the data in column A to (2) columns: FirstName and LastName. So Column A would be FirstName and ColumnB would be LastName.

Thanks much

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byundtConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Hi Drew_Mora,
The Data...Text to Columns menu item has the functionality you need.
1) Insert a blank column to the right of the cells containing your name field
2) Select the cells containing your name field
3) Open the Data...Text to Columns menu item
4) Choose Delimited text and click Next
5) Check the boxes for "Space", "Comma" and "Treat consecutive delimiters as one"
6) Click Finish

Let's say cell A1 contains
James, Mike

Then cell B1 can read:
and will give "Mike"
(the trim function removes the space after the comma)

Cell C1 can contain:
and will give "James"

Hope this helps you

James, Mike (:-)
Hi Drew_Mora,

"byundt" has the correct answer.  You'll only run into problems if cells include Titles (Dr. Prof. etc.), middle initials, or maybe double names.  You will have to manually adjust for these entries.  If there are too many, you could run a VB script to count the empty spaces and use this as a variable to control how many columns you want to offset the split entries.

Or even easier, use a script to check if the cell to the right is empty and if not, just insert an empty cell.

Say, for example, your "Names" are in column A:

    x = ActiveCell.Address
    ActiveCell.Offset(0, 1).Select
    If ActiveCell.Value = "" Then
        ActiveCell.Offset(0, -1).Select
        Selection.Insert Shift:=xlToRight
    End If

You'll have to set in either a loop or a ForEach command, but I think you get the idea.
Thanks for the grade!
Something I found quite by accident ...

While I was copy / pasting number sets from emails into an Excel sheet, I was doing the manual (long and slow) method for items like:


I would copy the first set, then paste, copy the second, paste, etc etc... I figured there had to be an easier way, so I found this tip (byundt's works wonders).

However, by accident I found that when I copied the entire string and pasted it into the row below the last entry (which I had manually broken the data across 3 columns), that it would automatically break the portions into the columns!

XXXX |_| 123456 |_| YYYY

I'm guessing there's some kind of smart filter in Excel which adapts what you've been doing to what's coming next!
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