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Thank you ! that was really helpful. 


May I ask a follow up question just for my self learning purpose - How did you decide to use text to column function to split to the rows in the workflow you provided. I haven't seen it before and curious why the special '\t' tab delimiter works here? It doesn't seem to be separated by tab to me. I am sure im missing something here. Thank you for your help!


Hey @stevenlsj789

Hmmm...I'm not sure I recall my exact decision-making process from that moment; however, my guess is (based on what I typically do) is open the Cell Viewer (double-click a record in the Results view). You may have to select the "¶" icon, but what you'll get are the various symbols that representation whitespace characters (if any) that exist in the record. The "››" symbol represents the tab character. In addition to accepting explicit characters (e.g., commas, pipes, etc.), TextToColumns can also take a small handful of regex tokens! 


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That said, I didn't have to use '\t'. I could've gone with something like "\s{2,8}" but that feels a bit too greedy.