How to split a column in Excel

Excel users frequently want to split one or more columns. For example to turn:

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Excel split column

You can do this in Excel using the Date>Text To Columns function. But it is fairly onerous and you lose the data that was there before.

However it is very easy to split columns in Easy Data Transform:

  1. Install Easy Data Transform on your PC or Mac, if you haven’t done so already. It will only take a minute. There is a fully fuctional free trial and you don’t have to give us your email or sign up to anything.
  2. Start Easy Data Transform.
  3. Drag the Excel spreadsheet whose columns you wish to split onto Easy Data Transform. A pink input item will be added.
  4. Ensuring the pink input item is selected, click the Split Col button in the left pane. A blue transform item is added and selected.

Excel combine columns

In the right pane set Column to the column you wish to split and Delimiter to the character you want to use to split the column (e.g. a space character).

You can now see that new name columns have been added to right hand side of the table.

Excel combine name columns

If you want to rename the new columns, you can use the Rename Cols transform.

When you are happy with the results output the result into a new Excel spreadsheet or CSV file.

Easy Data Transform allows you to combine multiple transforms, such as Split Col, to quickly and easily create complex data transformations. It can combine Excel columns just as easily.

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