You may have a table in your Excel worksheet where several kinds of data are kept in a cell and separated by commas. If you want to split them into several columns, you are in a right place. In this article, you will learn 5 examples of Excel formula to split string by comma.

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## How to Split String by Comma with Excel Formula: 5 Examples

Let’s introduce first our dataset where **ID no.**, **LastName**, and **Dept.** are kept as a single string separated by commas. Our goal is to split the strings into 3 columns.

### 1. Combine LEFT and FIND Functions to Split String by Comma

Combining **LEFT** and **FIND** functions together helps us to split a string separated by commas into several columns. Just follow the steps below to do this.

**Steps:**

- First, write down the following formula in an empty cell
**C5.**

`=LEFT(B5,FIND(",",B5)-1)`

Here, the **FIND** function gives the location of the first comma from the string **B5** and the **LEFT** function returns the characters from the string which is before the first comma. You need to minus 1 to get the data excluding the comma.

- Press
**ENTER.**You will see**ID no.**at Cell**C5.**Now, drag the**Fill Handle**to get the rest of the**ID no.**in the same column.

Here is the result,

### 2. Formula with MID and FIND Functions to Split String in Excel

Combining **MID** and **FIND functions** together helps us to split a string separated by commas into several columns. Just follow the steps below to do this.

**Steps:**

- First, write down the following formula in an empty cell
**D5.**

`=MID(B5,FIND(",",B5)+1,FIND(",",B5,FIND(",",B5)+1)-FIND(",",B5)-1)`

Here, **FIND(“,”,B5)+1** gives the starting location of the 1st character after the 1st comma.

**FIND(“,”, B5, FIND(“,”, B5)+1)** gives the starting location of the 1st character after the 2nd comma.

**-FIND(“,”, B5)-1** excludes all the characters of the string after the 2nd comma.

Finally, the **MID** returns the characters between these two commas.

- Press
**ENTER.**You will see the**LastName**in Cell**D5.**Now, drag the**Fill Handle**to get the rest of the**LastNames**in the same column.

Here is the result,

### 3. Unite RIGHT and FIND Functions

Combining **RIGHT** and **FIND** functions together helps us to split a string separated by commas into several columns. Just follow the steps below to do this.

**Steps:**

- First, write down the following formula in an empty cell
**E5.**

`=RIGHT(B5,LEN(B5)-FIND(",",B5,FIND(",",B5)+1))`

Here, **LEN(B5)** determines the length of the string in cell **B5.**

The **FIND(“,”, B5, FIND(“,”, B5)+1** gives the location of the last comma from the string, and finally, the **RIGHT** function returns the characters from the string which is after the last comma.

- Press
**ENTER.**You will see the**Dept.**at Cell**E5.**Now, drag the**Fill Handle**to get the rest of the**Dept.**in the same column.

Here is the result,

### 4. Combine TRIM, MID, SUBSTITUTE, REPT, and LEN Functions

Combining **TRIM, MID, SUBSTITUTE, REPT,** and** LEN** functions together helps us to split a string separated by commas into several columns. Just follow the steps below to do this.

**Steps:**

- First, enter 1, 2, and 3 instead of columns titles
**ID No., LastName,**and**Dept.**Now, write down the following formula in an empty cell**C5.**

`=TRIM(MID(SUBSTITUTE($B5,",",REPT(" ",LEN($B5))),(C$4-1)*LEN($B5)+1,LEN($B5)))`

The summary of this formula is to replace the commas with spaces using **SUBSTITUTE** and** REPT** functions. Then, the **MID** function returns text related to the nth occurrence and finally, the **TRIM** function helps to get rid of the extra spaces.

- Press
**ENTER.**You will see**ID no.**at Cell**C5.**Now, drag the**Fill Handle**to get the rest of the ID no. in the same column. And drag the**Fill Handle**in the right direction to get**LastName**and**Dept.**

Here is the result,

**Read More: **How to Split One Cell into Two in Excel

### 5. Split a String by Comma Using the FILTERXML Function in Excel

Using the **FILTERXML** function helps us to split a string separated by commas into several columns. Just follow the steps below to do this.

**Steps:**

- First, write down the following formula in an empty cell
**C5.**

`=TRANSPOSE(FILTERXML("<t><s>" &SUBSTITUTE(B5,",","</s><s>") & "</s></t>","//s"))`

If you are using Excel for MS 365, you can apply the **FILTERXML** function to split a string by commas. In this method, firstly the text string turns into an XML string by changing commas to XML tags. The TRANSPOSE function turns the array to lay horizontally instead of vertically.

- Press
**ENTER.**You will see the**ID no., LastName, and Dept.**at Cell**C5, D5,**and**E5**respectively. Now, drag the**Fill Handle**to get the rest of the data.

Here is the result,

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## Conclusion

In this tutorial, I have discussed 5 examples of Excel formulas to split strings by comma. I hope you found this article helpful. Please, drop comments, suggestions, or queries if you have any in the comment section below.

What if the string to be split, contains not exactly 3, but 1 to 3 substrings, i.e., a maximum of 2 commas?

Hello

JOHNThanks for sharing your query. You wanted to split strings within Excel cells that do not always have 3 words separated by commas. In contrast, there can be a string like one or at most three words like the following image. Besides, we must keep the cell empty if more than 3 words mean more than 2 commas exist.

I am delighted to inform you that I have developed two formulas. The first formula consists of the

IF,LEN,SUBSTITUTE,TRIM, andMIDfunctions. The other formula consists of theIF,LEN,SUBSTITUTE,TRANSPOSE, andFILTERXMLfunctions.OUTPUT OVERVIEW:1. Using IF, LEN, SUBSTITUTE, TRIM, and MID functionsFollow these steps:Step 1: Select cellC5, insert the given formula and drag theFill Handleicon toE5.Step 2: Select rangeC5:E5and drag theFill Handleicon to cellE10.2. Using FILTERXML, TRANSPOSE, IF, LEN, and SUBSTITUTE functionsI am attaching the solution workbook for better understanding. I hope these ideas will help you to reach your goal. Good luck.

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