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Quickly process text using split() spreadsheet function in google docs



Google docs spreadsheet app is going mainstream with each passing day. Recently they have introduced split() formula to divide text in to multiple cells using a user specified delimiter.


The syntax for this function is =split(text value, delimeter), for eg. =split("pointy haired dilbert", " ") would result in 3 individual cells with “pointy”, “haired” and “dilbert” as values. Learn more.

This is a very good replacement for excel import text functionality using which you can paste large text files in to excel sheet.

Also try:
concat() function to combine lots of cells to a single value


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6 Responses to “Quickly process text using split() spreadsheet function in google docs”

  1. Branden says:

    This is a great feature. I wish it would have been available when I was creating Halo 3 stat pages for me and my buddies. I pulled in RSS feeds in that consisted of long text strings and had to use find(), left(), mid() and lots of if() statements to split them.

  2. Chandoo says:

    @Branden: Agree, splitting text using left(), mid(), find() is a pain and error prone. I wish they had something similar in standard spreadsheet functions of excel.

  3. Branden says:

    This isn't the only feature that's missing from Excel, I love the importfeed() and importhtml() functions as well. That's the great thing about the g-doc software, they continually improve the product and add these really great features.

    I enjoyed your work around to get the import functions into excel, so thanks for that too.

  4. So Chandoo: Any chance of sharing your Excel wisdom about the text splitting functions that /are/ available in Excel please? Maybe a full post...?

  5. tom says:

    looking for something like this?

  6. I know you probably don't want to hear it, but it can easily be done in VBA (there is a split function and a join function) so a UDF could be written.

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