How to deconcatinate

I need to be able to separate out the five sections separated by commas into five adjacent blank columns

ED Class, Wednesday, 01/20/21, 9:00 am - 12:30 pm, Happy Hospital

Thanks, Laura


  • Bassam Khalil
    Bassam Khalil ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    Hi @laura.buchanan

    Hope you are fine, try the following formula for each column:

    1- column 1 =MID(g@row, 1, 8)

    2- column 2 =MID(g@row, 10, 10)

    3- Column 3 =MID(g@row, 21, 9)

    4- Column 4 =MID(g@row, 31, 19)

    5- Colum 5 =MID(g@row, 51, 19)

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  • laura.buchanan
    laura.buchanan ✭✭✭✭

    Bassam, you're brilliant! Thanks so much!! I do need a tad more guidance. The number of letters in some of the data is different in length, so it caused things to get "off" a little.

    My formula worked great for New provider class on Tuesday, but when I dragged it up the entire column, Wednesday took up more letters, so the formula got off.

    Similarly the ED class is shorter, so those got off as well.

    Is there an adjustment you recommend to the formula?

  • Kelly Moore
    Kelly Moore ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    Hey @laura.buchanan

    See if this works for you. Sorry for the delay but it took a bit to work out.

    Column 1 =LEFT(g@row, FIND((","), g@row) - 1)

    Column 2 =MID(g@row, FIND(", ", g@row) + 1, FIND(", ", g@row, FIND(", ", g@row) + 1) - LEN([1]@row) - 2)

    Column 3 =MID(g@row, FIND(",", g@row, FIND(",", g@row) + 1) + 1, FIND(",", g@row, FIND(",", g@row, FIND(",", g@row) + 1) + 1) - (FIND(",", g@row, FIND(",", g@row) + 1) + 1))

    Column 4 =MID(g@row, FIND(",", g@row, FIND(",", g@row, FIND(",", g@row) + 1) + 1) + 2, FIND(",", g@row, FIND(",", g@row, FIND(",", g@row, FIND(",", g@row) + 1) + 1) + 1) - 1 - FIND(",", g@row, FIND(",", g@row, FIND(",", g@row) + 1) + 1) - 1)

    Column 5 =RIGHT(g@row, LEN(g@row) - (LEN([1]@row) + LEN([2]@row) + LEN([3]@row) + LEN([4]@row) + 8))

    The '8' in column 5 is the sum of the extra character spaces between each of the comma's and the beginning of the word. All the heavy lifting came from Paul's post here



  • laura.buchanan
    laura.buchanan ✭✭✭✭

    Kelly, Thanks SO much. I'm am saving your notes for the next time I have to jump through deconcatenate hoops. I actually engaged Rich Taglieri from the customer support line to help come up with a better strategy for what I was trying to accomplish and as it turns out I'm not going to have to do the deconcatinating. BUT I really do appreciate your time and I am for sure saving your guidance in my secret smartsheet tip sheet. Take care, Laura

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