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|Posted: Mon Jan 16, 2017 11:25 pm Post subject: Excel's Text to Columns: Name List as Example
|Microsoft Excel's Text to Columns is a powerful feature that can split texts into multiple columns. You find it under Data > Data Tools > Text to Columns . With the keyboard shortcut ALT + A + E you can also access this feature.
In the following example, I will separate the list into first name, middle name and last name. It's a three step procedure.
First, select your data set (A2:A9).
Under Data tab > from the Data Tools group click Text to Columns. This will open the Convert Text to Columns Wizard. Look, every wizard has a Data preview window to see how your data is taking new shape
Step 1: select Delimited > click on Next. By default Delimited is always selected.
Step 2: select Comma and Space as your Delimeters. You will see an immediate change in the Data preview window below. Click Next.
Step 3: select cell B2 as your Destination > click Finish.
Your results are now displayed in cell B2.
*Short note: What are delimiters?
Delimiters are characters like commas ( , ), semicolon ( ; ), slashes ( / ) or special signs like @ that separate each field in your data. In this example Comma and Space are your delimiters.
So, have fun my friends
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