Split a column on delimiter

A step-by-step guide to using Mito's Split Text to Columns taskpane.

There are many reasons why you might want to separate a column on a delimiter. Two of the most common are:

  • A single column contains multiple pieces of information that are more helpful in two separate columns. For example, a column Name that contains the first and last name separated by a space.

  • The data in a column is prepended with an unnecessary label that clutters your analysis. For example, a column of numeric product ids all start with the prefix "productID-". This prefix gets in the way of sorting the product id's in ascending order.

Open the Split Text to Columns Taskpane

Configure the taskpane

Select the Dataframe that contains the column you want to split.

Select the Column that you want to split.

Use the Delimiters section to build the delimiter that you want to separate on. If you select multiple delimiters, either of them will trigger a split.

The Columns Preview shows you the first three rows of the new columns you will create by splitting using the current configuration of the taskpane.

Split the column on the delimiter

Press the Split on delimiter button and notice the new columns in your sheet.

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