How do I split these in multiple columns A1 = red;orange;yellow;indigo;blue;dog

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I will have the first column as dump and formula on the succeeding columns to split them by semi colon.

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  • Andrée Starå
    Andrée Starå ✭✭✭✭✭✭
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    Hi @heyjay

    I hope you're well and safe!

    Try something like this.

    I've added a closing ; to your text, so it looks like this

    red;orange;yellow;indigo;blue;dog;

    I've also named the example columns as follows.

    The one with the text is named Text, and the others are named A, B, C >

    • Add the following formula to column A
    =LEFT(Text@row, FIND(";", Text@row) - 1)
    
    • Add the following formula to column B and drag the formula across the rest of the columns on the same row.
    =LEFT(SUBSTITUTE($Text@row, JOIN($A@row:A@row, ";") + ";", ""), 
    FIND(";", SUBSTITUTE($Text@row, JOIN($A@row:A@row, ";") + ";", "")) - 1)
    

    Did that work/help?

    I hope that helps!

    Be safe and have a fantastic week!

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  • Andrée Starå
    Andrée Starå ✭✭✭✭✭✭
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    Hi @heyjay

    I hope you're well and safe!

    Try something like this.

    I've added a closing ; to your text, so it looks like this

    red;orange;yellow;indigo;blue;dog;

    I've also named the example columns as follows.

    The one with the text is named Text, and the others are named A, B, C >

    • Add the following formula to column A
    =LEFT(Text@row, FIND(";", Text@row) - 1)
    
    • Add the following formula to column B and drag the formula across the rest of the columns on the same row.
    =LEFT(SUBSTITUTE($Text@row, JOIN($A@row:A@row, ";") + ";", ""), 
    FIND(";", SUBSTITUTE($Text@row, JOIN($A@row:A@row, ";") + ";", "")) - 1)
    

    Did that work/help?

    I hope that helps!

    Be safe and have a fantastic week!

    Best,

    Andrée Starå | Workflow Consultant / CEO @ WORK BOLD

    Did my post(s) help or answer your question or solve your problem? Please support the Community by marking it Insightful/Vote Up or/and as the accepted answer. It will make it easier for others to find a solution or help to answer!

    SMARTSHEET EXPERT CONSULTANT & PARTNER

    Andrée Starå | Workflow Consultant / CEO @ WORK BOLD

    W: www.workbold.com | E:andree@workbold.com | P: +46 (0) - 72 - 510 99 35

    Feel free to contact me for help with Smartsheet, integrations, general workflow advice, or anything else.

  • heyjay
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    Thanks Andree, we were also able to solve by using plus sign instead of Join. And the formula is very similar to what you have provided.

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  • Andrée Starå
    Andrée Starå ✭✭✭✭✭✭
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    @heyjay

    Excellent!

    You're more than welcome!

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    Andrée Starå | Workflow Consultant / CEO @ WORK BOLD

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  • heyjay
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    Hey man, client is a bit demanding.


    • Is there a way to eliminate the “;” in columns B-E? So instead of the first example reading “abc;”, could it read “abc”? - Solved this by modifying your formula

    =LEFT(SUBSTITUTE($[Group Data]@row, JOIN($[Data 1]@row:[Data 1]@row, ";") + ";", ""), FIND(";", SUBSTITUTE($[Group Data]@row, JOIN($[Data 1]@row:[Data 1]@row, ";") + ";", "")) - 1)


    • Also, is there a way for it to still pull the last one if it doesn’t end in “;”?  - Since our formula is range, im stuck unfortunately.


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