How to Split Text into Columns in Google Sheets

Last Updated on October 30, 2023 by Jake Sheridan

In this tutorial, you will learn how to split text into columns in Google Sheets.

Google Sheets Text to Columns tool is fantastic and deserving of far more praise than it currently receives.

It is utilized to divide the text into several columns, as its name suggests. For instance, you may use this to swiftly divide a first name and last name that are in the same cell into two separate cells.

Once ready, we’ll get started by utilizing real-world examples to show you how to split text into columns in Google Sheets.

How to Split Text into Columns in Google Sheets

Before we begin we will need a group of data to be used to split text into columns in Google Sheets.

Step 1

First, you need to have a clean and tidy group of data to work with.

Step 2

In this example, we want to split the name into first and last names.

To split the text into columns, you can select the entire column, then select Split text to column.

Step 3

Once you are done, your Google Sheets will look like this.

You can separate the name by comma, semicolon, period, space, or customize how you want to split the text into columns.

In this example, we will use space:

Summary

That’s all there is to it. You are welcome to copy the example spreadsheet below to see how it is done.

Example Spreadsheet: Make a copy of the example spreadsheet

In this tutorial, I covered how to split text into columns in Google Sheets. Want more? Check out all the Google Sheets Tutorials.