Text to Columns

Opens the Text to Columns dialogue box, where you enter settings to expand the contents of selected cells to multiple cells.

To access this command...

Choose Data - Text to Columns.

To expand cell content to multiple cells

You can expand cells that contain comma separated values (CSV) into multiple cells in the same row.

For example, cell A1 contains the comma separated values 1,2,3,4, and cell A2 contains the text A,B,C,D.

  1. Select the cell or cells that you want to expand.

  2. Choose Data - Text to Columns.

    You will see the Text to Columns dialogue box.

  3. Select the separator options. The preview shows how the current cell content will be transformed into multiple cells.

You can select a fixed width and then click the ruler on the preview to set cell breakup positions.

You can select or enter separator characters to define the positions of breaking points. The separator characters are removed from the contents of the resulting cells.

In the example, you select the comma as a delimiter character. Cells A1 and A2 will be expanded to four columns each. A1 contains 1, B1 contains 2, and so on.

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