How to Split Cells by the First Space in Texts in Excel

Sometimes we may use space to separate texts to different groups in one cell, if we want to split this cell to multiple columns refer to space, we can implement this via ‘Text to Columns’ feature. But is there any way to split one cell to only two cells by the first space in the texts? In this free tutorial, we will share you some useful functions in excel to split cells per your demand.

Precondition:

In product list we use space to separate product properties.

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Now we want split it to two parts in two different columns by the first space. See expectation below:

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Method: Split Cells to Two Columns by the First Space in Texts by Formula


Step 1: In B2 enter the formula =LEFT(A2,FIND(” “,A2)-1).

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Step 2: Click Enter to get result. Verify that text before the first space is extracted and saved in B2 properly.

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Step 3: Drag the fill handle down till the end of the list. Verify that texts from the first space are displayed properly.

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Step 4: In C2 enter the formula =RIGHT(A2,LEN(A2)-FIND(” “,A2)) to extract the left texts after the first space.

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Step 5: Click Enter to get result. Verify that texts are displayed properly.

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Step 6: Drag the fill handle down till the end of the list. Now texts are split to two columns by the first space properly.

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Related Functions


  • Excel LEFT function
    The Excel LEFT function returns a substring (a specified number of the characters) from a text string, starting from the leftmost character.The LEFT function is a build-in function in Microsoft Excel and it is categorized as a Text Function.The syntax of the LEFT function is as below:= LEFT(text,[num_chars])…t)…
  • Excel FIND function
    The Excel FIND function returns the position of the first text string (sub string) within another text string.The syntax of the FIND function is as below:= FIND(find_text, within_text,[start_num])…
  • Excel RIGHT function
    The Excel RIGHT function returns a substring (a specified number of the characters) from a text string, starting from the rightmost character.The syntax of the RIGHT function is as below:= RIGHT (text,[num_chars])…
  • Excel LEN function
    The Excel LEN function returns the length of a text string (the number of characters in a text string).The syntax of the LEN function is as below:= LEN(text)…

 

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