I have a column (A) in Google Sheets where each row contains the following string:

"TEXT on MORE_TEXT" or, for more specific example "occurred on December 17, 2020". The "MORE_TEXT" part can be any of the 12 months.

I need to split it so that the "December 17, 2020" is in a separate column and my desired delimiter is " on ", which is a space character followed by the word "on" and then another space.

But when I use =SPLIT(A:A," on ") it ignores the spaces around "on" and I have no other ideas.

I am sure I am about to learn something simple but effective and am looking forward to it.

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There are many ways to achieve the result you are looking. Here is one of the oldies, using RIGHT, LEN and FIND

=ArrayFormula(RIGHT(A:A,LEN(A:A) - FIND(" on ",A:A) - 3)

Another way, in this case using SPLIT, SUBSTITUTE and INDEX

=ArrayFormula(INDEX(SPLIT(SUBSTITUTE(A:A," on ","|"),"|"),1,2))

One way using regular expressions

=ArrayFormula(REGEXEXTRACT(A:A," on (.+)"))

P.S. The simplest way to avoid having errors for blanks cells below the las row having a value on A, delete all the bottom blank rows.

  • That's very helpful, thank you very much! I also use the IF(LEN) code to keep the blank rows empty in array formulas, so I modified your suggestion as below =ARRAYFORMULA(IF(LEN(A:A)>0,RIGHT(A:A,LEN(A:A) - FIND(" on ",A:A) - 3),"")) Thank you again!
    – YBB
    Commented Apr 4, 2021 at 17:51
  • Bear in mind that returning "" still returning setting a value for all the blank cells in Column A. This might not be a problem is you keep your spreadsheet simple and your sheet with few blank rows. Commented Apr 4, 2021 at 18:23
  • @M2Z by the way, please read What should I do when someone answers my question? Commented Apr 4, 2021 at 20:26
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    Sometimes deleting multiple blank rows becomes time-consuming but I am happy to create a different question to find out how to avoid adding "" to keep the "false" and "error" values out. Also, I upvoted your answer but it won't show up as I am a newbie here and the "Accept" checkmark finally showed up after I reinstalled 2 browsers (unrelated issues) so I finally did that too
    – YBB
    Commented Apr 4, 2021 at 22:49
  • @M2Z Thanks. Here is a link to question with an answer showing the use of ARRAY_CONSTRAIN together with COUNTIF webapps.stackexchange.com/q/99783/88163 Commented Apr 4, 2021 at 22:58

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