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# How do I reformat "City, State" into separate columns of City and State in Excel?

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The following data exists in one cell:

City/State
Washington, DC
Washington, DC
Washington, DC
Washington, DC
Washington, DC
Arlington, VA
Arlington, VA
Springfield, VA
Springfield, VA
Springfield, VA
Washington, DC
Newington, VA
Lorton, VA
Fairfax, VA

I need to format it so the City information is in one cell and the state abbreviation is in another.
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Eric C earned 1000 total points
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Easy. In Excel 2007(?) and higher, there is a button called 'Text To Columns'

1. Highlight the entire column (single click on the column letter)
2. In the Data tab, click the 'Text to Columns' button
3. In the dialog box, deselect 'Tab' and select 'Comma'
4. Click 'Next'

See screen shot.
text-to-columns.jpg
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Subodh Tiwari (Neeraj) earned 500 total points
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Please follow these steps...

1) Select the column with City/State strings

2) Make sure that the next adjacent column is blank, if not, insert a new column.

3) Go to Data Tab --. Text to Columns

4) Choose Delimited --> Next --> Check the checkbox for comma --> Next --> Finish
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Naresh Patel earned 500 total points
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Thanks
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Column A, Column B, Column C - Record starts Cell A2

Column A = "Washington, DC"
Column B = "=LEFT(A2, SEARCH(",",A2,1))"
Column C = "=RIGHT(A2,LEN(A2)-SEARCH(",",A2,1))"

Results in Column B2 = "Washington"
Results in Column C2 = "DC"
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Expert Comment

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Typo - Record starts in Cell A1, not A2
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zings too fast man....i am just about creating snaps & posting....   :)   after posting i see two post by others...
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see screenshot
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