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I have a list of names. They are all in 1 column. I would like to split up the first and last names into 2 columns without having to do each name individually.

Solved by X. S. in 13 mins

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Excelchat Expert
10/05/2018 - 03:02

Hello

Excelchat Expert
10/05/2018 - 03:02

Welcome to got it pro

User
10/05/2018 - 03:02

Hi

User
10/05/2018 - 03:03

Thanks

Excelchat Expert
10/05/2018 - 03:03

You want to split first and last names, right?

User
10/05/2018 - 03:03

Yes

User
10/05/2018 - 03:03

They are in column A and I want them split between 2 columns

Excelchat Expert
10/05/2018 - 03:04

I need to see a few samples in order to write a formula, can you show me some?

Excelchat Expert
10/05/2018 - 03:04

understood

User
10/05/2018 - 03:05

Don't know if there is a way to split between spaces?

Excelchat Expert
10/05/2018 - 03:05

Yes there is.

Excelchat Expert
10/05/2018 - 03:06

If your names are separated by spaces, then =LEFT(A1,SEARCH(" ",A1)) will give you first name.

Excelchat Expert
10/05/2018 - 03:07

And =RIGHT(A1,LEN(A1)-SEARCH(" ",A1)) will give you last name.

Excelchat Expert
10/05/2018 - 03:07

Makes sense?

User
10/05/2018 - 03:08

Yes that makes sense, but how do I do it for a list of 700 names?

User
10/05/2018 - 03:08

because that splits the name in A1 only

Excelchat Expert
10/05/2018 - 03:09

When you select a cell, do you see a tiny square box at the bottom right corner of the cell?

User
10/05/2018 - 03:10

yes I see that

Excelchat Expert
10/05/2018 - 03:10

It is called fill handle. Double clicking on that box will copy the formula down for the rest of the column.

Excelchat Expert
10/05/2018 - 03:11

Need further help?

User
10/05/2018 - 03:11

that worked!

Excelchat Expert
10/05/2018 - 03:11

Yay!!!!!!!!!!!

User
10/05/2018 - 03:11

I never knew that feature

Excelchat Expert
10/05/2018 - 03:11

Its pretty handy, right?

User
10/05/2018 - 03:11

thanks so much!

Excelchat Expert
10/05/2018 - 03:12

Glad to be able to help.

User
10/05/2018 - 03:12

Very handy!

User
10/05/2018 - 03:12

that works for any equation?

Excelchat Expert
10/05/2018 - 03:12

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User
10/05/2018 - 03:12

I will!

Excelchat Expert
10/05/2018 - 03:12

Yes, it works in every equation.

User
10/05/2018 - 03:13

Thanks again, you saved me lots of time!

Excelchat Expert
10/05/2018 - 03:13

Thank you too for trying out got it pro

Excelchat Expert
10/05/2018 - 03:13

Have a great day ahead!

User
10/05/2018 - 03:13

you too

Excelchat Expert
10/05/2018 - 03:14

A note, please close the session now. I believe there is a close button on hour side.

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