Multiple words in Column A - Split those into two columns

Posted on 2013-01-25
Last Modified: 2013-01-26

Me again.

I have an excel text column with multiple words in it. A space is between each word.

Such as....

Column A Row 1  Apple banana orange
Column A Row 2   1 Dog cat
Column A Row 3  Experts Exchange is 2 great

I would like a formula that makes those words into two columns

Column B would have the only the first word (or number)
Column C would have the remaining words (and any numbers)

So the result would be in the above example

Column B  Row 1 Apple          Column C Row 1 banana orange
Column B  Row 2 1                 Column C Row 2  Dog cat
Column B  Row3  Experts        Column C Row 3  is 2 great


Question by:Rowby Goren
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redmondb earned 500 total points
ID: 38821353
Hi, rowby.

Assuming that the data is clean - always a space with data before and after - then the attached should do it for you...
B1     =MID(A1,1,FIND(" ",A1,1)-1)
C1     =MID(A1,FIND(" ",A1,1)+1,9999)

Edit: The following versions will also handle no data and missing spaces (at the cost of using TRIM() and so dropping extra spaces in Column C)...
B1     =MID(A1&" ",1,FIND(" ",A1&" ",1)-1)
C1     =TRIM(MID(A1,FIND(" ",A1&" ",1)+1,9999))

Let me know if you need different error-handling (and which version of Excel you're usng.)


Author Comment

by:Rowby Goren
ID: 38821396
Hi Brian,

I'm using Windows Excel Office 2007.

I'll try both of your versions on my list and see if it's clean enough to use your formula(s) "as is".

I'll be trying them in the morning.


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Expert Comment

ID: 38821421
Thanks, Rowby. Unless you actually want an error message in the cell(s) , the second set should be fine.
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Author Comment

by:Rowby Goren
ID: 38822189
Thanks!  #2 worked perfectly!

Appreciate your help!


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by:Rowby Goren
ID: 38822192
Thanks again!
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Expert Comment

ID: 38822218
Thanks, rowby, Glad to help!

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