Split Text String by Line Break in Excel

In the previous post, we talked that how to split text string by a specified character in excel. And this post will guide you how to split text string by Line Break character. The difference is that you can type the line break character directly in the FIND function and you have to use the CHAR function to get the line break character.

Split Text String by Line Break

When you want to split text string by line break in excel, you should use a combination of the LEFT, RIGHT, CHAR, LEN and FIND functions. The CHAR (10) function will return the line break character, the FIND function will use the returned value of the CHAR function as the first argument to locate the position of the line break character within the cell B1.

You can refer to the below formula that will find the position of line break character in Cell B1 and extract all the characters to the left of the line break character.

=LEFT(B1,FIND(CHAR(10),B1,1)-1)

Suppose you have a list of student’s height in column B and you want to extract only the name part. You can use the above excel formula in Cell C1.

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If you need to extract all characters to the right of line breaker character within the text string in Cell B1, you can use the LEN and FIND functions within the RIGHT function in excel.  The below is the formula that will find the position of line character in Cell B1 and extract all the characters to the right of it:

=RIGHT(B1, LEN(B1)-FIND(CHAR(10),B1))

Split Text String by Line Break in Excel2

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