# 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.

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.

## 1. Combining LEFT and FIND Formula to Split Text by Space in Excel

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))`

• Now, press the ENTER key.

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.

## 2. Splitting Text by Space Using Excel 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))`

• After that, press the ENTER key.

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

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.

Read More: How to Split Text in Excel by Character

## 3. Joining Excel RIGHT and SEARCH Formula to Split Text

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))`

• Now, press the ENTER key.

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

Thatâ€™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.

Read More: How to Split Text in Excel Using Formula

## 4. Splitting Text by Space with Formula Combining Excel Functions

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)))`

• Now, press the ENTER key.

• 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.

## 5. Running VBA Macro 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

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

Â Â Â Â For Each J In Mydataset

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

Â Â Â Â Next J

Next Rnumber

End Sub``````

• 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.

## Conclusion

Thatâ€™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.

## Related Articles

<< Go Back to Splitting Text |Â Split in Excel |Â Learn Excel

Get FREE Advanced Excel Exercises with Solutions!
Mahbubur Rahman

MAHBUBUR RAHMAN is a leather engineer with a talent for Excel and a passion for VBA programming. To him, programming is like a time-saving wizard, making data manipulation, file handling, and internet interactions a breeze. His skill set extends to SPSS, STATA, Deep Neural Networks, and Machine Learning. Holding a B.Sc in Leather Engineering from Khulna University of Engineering & Technology, he's shifted to become a content developer. In this role, he crafts technical content centred around Excel... Read Full Bio

We will be happy to hear your thoughts

Advanced Excel Exercises with Solutions PDF