There may be instances where the first name and last name are in the same column, yet you would like to have them separated to organize your upload. The easiest way to split them would be in Google Sheets. If you don't have a Gmail account with Google Sheets, this article will also show you how to split columns in Excel.
Splitting cells into columns with Google Sheets
Note: You must make a free gmail account to have access to google sheets.
- Click the header of the column to select the column you wish to split. When selected, it should be highlighted.
- Select Data > Split text to columns in the drop down
- The Separator will appear.
- In the Separator, choose the option you wish to separate the column by. For example, if you want to separate a first and last name, you may want to choose "space".
- Once you have selected your option, the change will happen automatically.
Splitting cells into columns with Excel
In Excel, the process to splitting columns is slightly different. You will need to have an empty column to the right of the column you wish to split into two.
Then select the entire column you wish to split by clicking its header.
Now that the column is selected, do the following:
Go to Data in your Excel toolbar, then select "Text to Columns".
In the Text to Columns window, select Delimited > Next
Now, select the character you wish for the column to be split by. For this example, we will choose the Space, meaning that the column will be separated by the space in each row thus adding them to a new column.
Then, click Finish and the changes will be applied.