How to Split Text by Space with Formula in Excel (5 Ways)

There are numerous ways to split text in Excel. In this article, we will see several methods for Excel split text by space formula. We have a sample dataset containing Names. Space is used as a delimiter here. Let’s see, how to split text by space using formulas in Excel.

Excel Split Text by Space Formula


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5 Ways to Split Text by Space Using Formula in Excel

In this post, we will see the use of LEFT, FIND, SEARCH, RIGHT, TRIM, LEN, SUBSTITUTE, COLUMNS functions and use a VBA code to split text by space.


Method 1: Split Text by Space Using LEFT and FIND Functions

At first, we will extract the First Name which is the left portion of the name using the LEFT and FIND functions.

Steps:

  • First, type the following formula in cell C5.
=LEFT(B5, FIND(" ",B5))

Excel Split Text by Space Formula LEFT FIND

  • Now, press the ENTER key.

Excel Split Text by Space Formula LEFT FIND

Here, FIND(” “,B5) gives the output as 5. Which are total letters including Space from the left side of the name. Then =LEFT(B5, 5) gives us the result as Mary.

  • Finally, drag down to AutoFill rest of the series.

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Method 2: Split Text by Space Using MID and FIND Functions

Now, we will split the middle name which is separated by space using MID and FIND functions.

Steps:

  • First, type the following formula in cell D5.
=MID(B5,FIND(" ",B5),FIND(" ",B5,FIND(" ",B5)+1)-FIND(" ", B5))

Excel Split Text by Space Formula MID FIND

  • After that, press the ENTER key.

Excel Split Text by Space Formula LEFT FIND RIGHT SEARCH

  • Lastly, drag down to AutoFill rest of the series.

Excel Split Text by Space Formula LEFT FIND RIGHT SEARCH

So, what is happening here? FIND(” “,B5,FIND(” “,B5)+1)-FIND(” “, B5) determines the number where the second space is. In this case, it is 10. And, =MID(B5,5,10) gives the result as Elizabeth. 5 is the start number, and 10 means the total number of characters.

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Method 3: Using RIGHT and SEARCH Functions

To split the Last Name, we will use the RIGHT, LEN, and SEARCH functions. Both the functions FIND and SEARCH have the same properties.

Steps:

  • First, type the following formula in cell E5.
=RIGHT(B5,LEN(B5)-SEARCH(" ",B5,SEARCH(" ",B5,1)+1))

Excel Split Text by Space Formula RIGHT SEARCH

  • Now, press the ENTER key.

Excel Split Text by Space Formula LEFT FIND RIGHT SEARCH

  • Finally, drag down to AutoFill rest of the series.

That’s it. Here, formula SEARCH(” “,B5,SEARCH(” “,B5,1)+1) gives us the output as 15 which i the number of characters inctuding space of Mary and Elizabeth.LEN(B5) yields the result 20. Which means, LEN(B5)-SEARCH(” “,B5,SEARCH(” “,B5,1)+1) basically gives output as 5(20 minus 15). Finally, =RIGHT(B5,5) gives the final result as Smith.

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Method 4: Split Text by Space Using Combined Formula

In this method, we will use a combination function of TRIM, SUBSTITUTE, COLUMNS, LEN, and REPT functions to split texts by space.

Steps:

  • Firstly, type the following formula in cell C5.
=TRIM(MID(SUBSTITUTE($B5,"",REPT(" ",LEN($B5))),(COLUMNS($B4:B4)-1)*LEN($B5)+1,LEN($B5)))

Excel Split Text by Space Formula TRIM COLUMNS SUBSTITUTE

  • Now, press the ENTER key.

Excel Split Text by Space Formula TRIM COLUMNS SUBSTITUTE

  • At this point, drag down to the right to AutoFill the row series.

  • At last, drag down to AutoFill rest of the series.

For your information, links for each function are provided here. If the formula intrigues you about what is happening here. Please click the link and have a look at their uses and formula breakdowns.

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Method 5: Using VBA to Split Text by Space

In our last method, we will use a VBA code to split texts by space.

Steps:

  • First, right-click on the sheet and go to View Code.

  • After that, copy and paste the VBA code below.

VBA code:

Sub SplitTextbyspace()

Dim Mydataset() As String, Count As Long, J As Variant

For Rnumber = 5 To 10

    Mydataset = Split(Cells(Rnumber, 2), " ")
    Newdest = 3

    For Each J In Mydataset

        Cells(Rnumber, Newdest) = J
        Newdest = Newdest + 1

    Next J

Next Rnumber

End Sub

Excel Split Text by Space Using VBA

  • Finally, press the F5 or play button to run the code.

Here, For Rnumber = 5 To 10 means our row number of the dataset and Newdest=3 represents the first column where the text will split and follows on.

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Practice Section

The single most crucial aspect in becoming accustomed to these quick approaches is practice. As a result, we’ve attached a practice workbook where you may practice these methods.

Excel Split Text by Space Formula TRIM COLUMNS SUBSTITUTE


Conclusion

That’s all for the article. These are 5 different methods for Excel split text by space formula. Based on your preferences, you may choose the best alternative. Please leave them in the comments area if you have any questions or feedback.


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