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Split Sort cell values in Excel - either Macro or VBA

Posted on 2014-04-30
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Hello All,

I have thousands of cells with the following name in this format in each cell:

(A)
surname, firstname

This is the general format and the first and surname is always separated by a comma.

Can I switch and actually separate these out so I have firstname in one cell and surname in another - something like this?

(B)             (C)
Firstname  Surname


It would be great to have either as a macro or vba script I can run?

Thanks in advance - GISVPN
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by:Dan Craciun
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Why don't you simply use Text to Columns? It will do what you want, no code necessary.
text to columns
HTH,
Dan
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You can achieve this by formula too. assuming your name is in cell A3 then formula in
B3for Name =MID(SUBSTITUTE(A3," ",""),FIND(",",SUBSTITUTE(A3," ",""),1)+1,100)


For Surname Formula in Cell C3=LEFT(SUBSTITUTE(A3," ",""),FIND(",",SUBSTITUTE(A3," ",""),1)-1)

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by:itjockey
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Formula is amended so if you tried with older one then it may produce wrong output, so pls try amended one.

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by:gisvpn
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Dan - thanks for the suggestion - worked a treat. I had no idea there was this feature in Excel.

itjockey - I tried the formula also but it did not seem to work as expected.
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by:gisvpn
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Oh sorry  itjockey - we pressed submit at the same time, thanks will try the updated one.
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by:Saqib Husain, Syed
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Here is a macro

Sub lastto1st()
Range("A2:A" & Rows.Count).SpecialCells(xlCellTypeConstants).Offset(, 1).FormulaR1C1 = "=replace(rc[-1],1,find("","",rc[-1]),"""")"
Range("A2:A" & Rows.Count).SpecialCells(xlCellTypeConstants).Offset(, 2).FormulaR1C1 = "=replace(rc[-2],find("","",rc[-2]),9999,"""")"
Range("B2:C" & Rows.Count).Value = Range("B2:C" & Rows.Count).Value
End Sub
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by:itjockey
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itjockey - I tried the formula also but it did not seem to work as expected.
You tried mine? & it is not produce result as expected ?
then why you accept my solution :)
 
in my formulas i had limits the name to 100 character if there is more then 100 character for name then try this for name (Assuming text string in A3) Cell B3=MID(SUBSTITUTE(A3," ",""),FIND(",",SUBSTITUTE(A3," ",""),1)+1,LEN(A3))

and for Surname  Cell C3 =LEFT(SUBSTITUTE(A3," ",""),FIND(",",SUBSTITUTE(A3," ",""),1)-1)

or provide me sample file i do it on your behalf.
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by:Dan Craciun
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Yeah, the OP said my solution works and yours doesn't and then accepts your solution :)
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