Many Excel users need assistance in splitting a column in Excel into multiple segments, each limited to a certain number of characters, without cutting words. Suppose, I have a column in Excel (let's say Column A) with text data that needs to be divided into segments of 30 characters each. However, the challenge is to split the text intelligently, ensuring that words are not cut off in the middle. If a word exceeds the 30-character limit, it should be moved to the next segment.

For example:

For example:

**Original Text:**"I have a challenge in Excel where I need to split this column into multiple segments, each segment limited to 30 characters without cutting words." in__Column A__**The desired outcome,**after splitting into 30-character segments without cutting words, could be:__Column B:__"I have a challenge in Excel"__Column C:__"where I need to split this"__Column D:__"column into multiple segments,"__Column E:__"each segment limited to 30"__Column F:__"characters without cutting words."#### Solution 1: Using Formulas

Suppose, you have long sentences in column A and you want to split them in columns B, C, D.__Formula for Column B (assuming data starts from A2):__
Code:

`=IF(LEN(A2)<=30, A2, LEFT(A2, FIND("#", SUBSTITUTE(LEFT(A2, 31), " ", "#", LEN(LEFT(A2, 31))-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(LEFT(A2, 31), " ", ""))))-1))`

__Formula for Column C:__
Code:

`=IF(LEN(MID(A2, LEN(B2)+1, LEN(A2)))<=30, MID(A2, LEN(B2)+1, LEN(A2)), LEFT(MID(A2, LEN(B2)+1, LEN(A2)), FIND("#", SUBSTITUTE(LEFT(MID(A2, LEN(B2)+1, LEN(A2)), 31), " ", "#", LEN(LEFT(MID(A2, LEN(B2)+1, LEN(A2)), 31))-LEN(SUBSTITUTE(LEFT(MID(A2, LEN(B2)+1, LEN(A2)), 31), " ", ""))))-1))`

__Formula for Column D:__
Code:

`=TRIM(SUBSTITUTE(A2, TRIM(B2 & " " & C2), ""))`

### Solution 2: Using VBA Code

Here is a VBA macro that can be used to achieve the same result:
Code:

```
Sub SplitColumn()
Dim ws As Worksheet
Dim lastRow As Long
Dim cell As Range
Dim splitText() As String
Dim result() As String
Dim i As Integer, j As Integer
' Set the worksheet
Set ws = ThisWorkbook.Sheets("Sheet1") ' Change "Sheet1" to your sheet name
' Find the last row with data in column A
lastRow = ws.Cells(ws.Rows.Count, "A").End(xlUp).Row
' Loop through each cell in column A
For Each cell In ws.Range("A1:A" & lastRow)
' Check if the cell is empty
If IsEmpty(cell.Value) Then
Exit For ' Exit the loop if an empty cell is encountered
End If
' Split the text into an array of words
splitText = Split(cell.Value, " ")
' Initialize variables for the result array
ReDim result(1 To Int((Len(cell.Value) - 1) / 30) + 1)
result(1) = ""
j = 1
' Loop through each word in the splitText array
For i = LBound(splitText) To UBound(splitText)
' Check if adding the next word exceeds the 30-character limit
If Len(result(j) & splitText(i) & " ") <= 30 Then
' Add the word to the current result element
result(j) = result(j) & splitText(i) & " "
ElseIf Len(splitText(i) & " ") <= 30 Then
' Move to the next result element
j = j + 1
ReDim Preserve result(1 To j)
result(j) = splitText(i) & " "
Else
' Handle the case where a single word exceeds the 30-character limit
' Split the word into multiple segments (each with a max of 30 characters)
Do While Len(splitText(i) & " ") > 30
j = j + 1
ReDim Preserve result(1 To j)
result(j) = Left(splitText(i), 30) & " "
splitText(i) = Mid(splitText(i), 31)
Loop
If Len(result(j) & splitText(i) & " ") <= 30 Then
result(j) = result(j) & splitText(i) & " "
Else
' Handle further adjustments as needed
End If
End If
Next i
' Output the result to the adjacent columns starting from column B
For i = LBound(result) To UBound(result)
cell.Offset(0, i).Value = Trim(result(i))
Next i
Next cell
End Sub
```

Last edited: Dec 11, 2023