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.
First, you need to have a clean and tidy group of data to work with.
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.
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:
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.
More ways to use columns in Google Sheets:
- Move A Column
- Add A Column
- Set Column Width
- Delete Columns
- Rename A Column
- Compare Two Columns
- Make All Columns The Same Width
- Add Multiple Columns
- Apply A Formula To An Entire Column
- Sort Multiple Columns
- Auto Fit Column Width
- Group Columns
- How To Name Columns
- Sum A Column
- Sort By Column
- Lock Column
- Apply Formula To Entire Column
- Combine Columns
- Find Unique Values In Column
- Move Columns
- Filter Columns
- Filter Multiple Columns
- Split A Column
- Get the Last Value in a Column
- Convert Rows To Columns
- Multiply Columns
- Highlight Duplicates In Multiple Columns
- Switch Columns
- Select Multiple Columns
- Subtract Columns
- Number A Column