Monday, March 25, 2024

Unleashing the Power of TEXTSPLIT: Excel’s Game-Changing Formula

Discover the transformative TEXTSPLIT formula in Microsoft Excel that simplifies text manipulation, enhancing data analysis and organization.

By Rodger Mansfield, Technology Editor
March 25, 2024

Have you ever found yourself lost in a sea of text data, wishing for a magic wand to organize it all? 

What if I told you that Microsoft Excel has just the spell you need?

Here's a Cool Tip.  Use Microsoft Excel's new TEXTSPLIT function.

The TEXTSPLIT formula is a powerful tool for data cleaning and preparation. 

It automates what would otherwise be a tedious manual task, saving time and reducing errors. 

Here's how to do it.
  • Open your Excel workbook 
  • Locate the cell where you wish to use the TEXTSPLIT function.
  • Enter the TEXTSPLIT function: 
    • =TEXTSPLIT(text,col_delimiter,[row_delimiter],[ignore_empty], [match_mode], [pad_with])
    • The text you want to split. Required.
    • col_delimiter       The text that marks the point where to spill the text across columns.
    • row_delimiter       The text that marks the point where to spill the text down rows. Optional.
    • ignore_empty       Specify TRUE to ignore consecutive delimiters. Defaults to FALSE, which creates an empty cell. Optional.
    • match_mode    Specify 1 to perform a case-insensitive match. Defaults to 0, which does a case-sensitive match. Optional.
    • pad_with           The value with which to pad the result. The default is #N/A.
  • Press Enter and watch as Excel splits the text into separate cells.

Microsoft Excel TEXTSPLIT
fig. 1 - Microsoft Excel TEXTSPLIT

The TEXTSPLIT function works the same as the Text-to-Columns wizard, but in formula form. 

However, over-reliance on this feature without understanding its nuances can lead to misinterpretation of data.

Here’s a practical scenario.

If A2 contains the string "apple,orange;banana,grape", the TEXTSPLIT function will split "apple" and "orange" into two adjacent columns and "banana" and "grape" into the rows below them, respectively.

=TEXTSPLIT(A2, ",", ";", TRUE)

In this example, A2 contains the text you want to split. 

The comma "," is the column delimiter, which means the text in A2 will be split into separate columns wherever a comma is found. 

The semicolon ";" is the row delimiter, so the text will also be split into separate rows at each semicolon. 

The TRUE parameter tells Excel to ignore any empty results that may occur if there are consecutive delimiters.

TEXTSPLIT is a robust addition to Excel’s arsenal, offering a new level of efficiency in text data management. 

Embrace this feature to transform your workflow and data analysis.

Have you tried it?

Let us know in the comments.



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