# Reverse of concatenate command

Posted by Fred Wildauer on May 22, 2001 1:11 PM

I have a cell that contains "May 2001" and I need to separate the information into two cells with "May" in one cell, and "2001" in the other cell. It has been several years since I have done this and I can not remember how it is done.

Posted by Kevin James on May 22, 2001 1:17 PM

Use left and right string functions along with FIND to look for the blank.

Posted by IML on May 22, 2001 1:20 PM

Assuming your text is in date format, (in cell a1) you could use
month =TEXT(A1,"mmmm")
year =TEXT(A1,"yyyy")

If it is a text string you could use
month =LEFT(A1,FIND(" ",A1)-1)
year =RIGHT(A1,FIND(" ",A1))

Good luck

Posted by Aladin Akyurek on May 22, 2001 1:20 PM

Fred,

If your data consists of <month year> pairs, year is a 4-digit number, and the cell of the pair text formatted, you can use the following:

In B1 enter: =LEFT(A1,LEN(A1)-4)
In C1 enter: =RIGHT(A1,4)

Posted by Dax on May 22, 2001 1:23 PM

Hi,
To extract just the year use the formula =Year(A1) of the date is in cell A1. As for extracting the month, it's a little more involved. Something like this will work: -

=CHOOSE(MONTH(A1),"J","F","M","A","M","J","J","A","S","O","N","D")

You'll have to change the month names, it's just that I didn't want to type all the date names in, just give you an idea.

Hope this helps,
Dax.

Posted by IML on May 22, 2001 1:26 PM

I didn't see someone else had answered already, any way, if it is text and the format is the same for all you could simplify with
=LEFT(A1,LEN(A1)-5) for month
=RIGHT(A1,4) for year

Posted by Dax on May 22, 2001 1:26 PM

Re: Ignore my method, it's overkill compared to IML's.....

Posted by IML on May 22, 2001 1:28 PM

Okay Aladin beat me to that one too! One step behind as usual!!

Posted by Aladin Akyurek on May 22, 2001 1:32 PM

Re: Okay Aladin beat me to that one too! One step behind as usual!!

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Posted by Dave Hawley on May 23, 2001 1:53 AM

Fred, can I have a shot ?

Hi Fred

If your cells are like "May 2001" you can select the column and then go to Data>Text to Columns, choose "Delimited", click "Next". Select "Space", click "Next" then "Finish"

Posted by Fred Wildauer on May 23, 2001 6:48 AM

First of all I would like to thank all of you for trying to help me with this problem! My choice of using a date as an example may have confused the issue.
Column A consists of "Lastname, Firstname". What I would like to do is separate this so that "Firstname" is placed into column B and "Lastname" is placed into column C.

Posted by IML on May 23, 2001 7:35 AM

First of all I would like to thank all of you for trying to help me with this problem! My choice of using a date as an example may have confused the issue.

For last name, you could use
=LEFT(A1,FIND(",",A1)-1)
and first name
=RIGHT(A1,FIND(",",A1))

If you don't want to use formula you could highlight your row A1 and goto
Data - Text to column
Hit next
Change the deliminater to Comma
Hit Next
Hit Finish
Now highlight your Firstname row and use to Find with a single space and replace with nothing (this will get rid of the space befor first name.

good luck...