Splits a text string into a table of substrings.

Description

The Split function breaks a text string into a table of substrings. Use Split to break up comma delimited lists, dates that use a slash between date parts, and in other situations where a well defined delimiter is used.

A separator string is used to break the text string apart. The separator can be zero, one, or more characters that are matched as a whole in the text string. Using a zero length or blank string results in each character being broken out individually. The matched separator characters are not returned in the result. If no separator match is found then the entire text string is returned as a single result.

Use the Concat function to recombine the string (without the separators).

Syntax

Split( Text, Separator )

  • Text - Required. Text to split.
  • Separator - Required. Separator to use in splitting the string. Can be zero, one, or more characters.

Examples

Formula Description Result
Split( "Apples, Oranges, Bananas", "," ) Splits the different fruits apart, based on the comma separator. The split is performed based on only the comma and not the space after it, resulting in a space at the front of " Oranges" and " Bananas".
TrimEnds( Split( "Apples, Oranges, Bananas", "," ) ) Same as the previous example, but in this case the space is removed by the TrimEnds function, operating on the single column table that is produced by Split. We could have also used the separator ", " which includes the space after the comma, but that would not have worked properly if there is no space or there are two spaces.
Split( "08/28/17", "/" ) Splits the date apart, using a forward slash as the separator.
Split( "Hello, World", "," ) Splits the words apart, using a comma as the separator. The second result starts with a space since this was the character immediately following the comma.
Split( "Hello, World", "o" ) Splits the string apart, using the character "o" as the separator.
Split( "Hello, World", "l" ) Splits the string apart, using the single character "l" as the separator. Since there were no characters between the two l's in Hello, a blank value was returned.
Split( "Hello, World", "ll" ) Splits the string apart, using the double character "ll" as the separator.
Split( "Hello, World", "%" ) Splits the string apart, using the percent sign as the separator. Since this separator does not appear in the string, the entire string is returned as one result.
Split( "Hello, World", "" ) Splits the string apart, using an empty string as the separator (zero characters). This will break the string on each character.