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Splitting Data into Multiple Columns in Excel 2007

Use the Convert Text to Columns Wizard in Excel 2007 when you need to split combined data into separate columns, such as a first name and last name; or city, state, and zip code. This type of combined data often results when you open or import files created in another application.

1

If necessary, insert blank columns to the right of the cells you want to convert into multiple columns.

If you want your data in three columns, you must have two blank columns.

2

Select the cells you want to convert.

You can’t split empty cells, and you can’t split merged cells. You must first unmerge the cells.

3

Click the Text to Columns button on the Data tab.

The Convert Text to Columns Wizard appears.

4

Select the Original Data type that best suits your existing data.

For example, if you’re separating text that is variable in length such as a first name and last name, select Delimited.

5

Click Next.

The option you see next depends on which data type you selected in the previous step.

6

If you selected Delimited, enter the character you use to separate your text.

If you selected Fixed Width, click the ruler bar where you want the data to split.

7

Click Finish.

Excel separates the selected cells into multiple columns.

To split data into two lines in the same cell, press Alt+Enter at the point where you want to break the line.

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