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Add "split on entire entry" option in the Text-to-Column Tool

Can a function be added to the Text-to-Column tool that allows selecting "split on entire entry" or "split on entry-as-a-whole" for the delimiters field?

 

Background:

Currently if we type  vs.  in the delimiters field, it'll look for each character separately including spaces.

 

The recommendation in the tool help is to use RegEx for splitting on whole words, but for some, RegEx is quite intimidating and adding this function would be a big help for new users.

 

Proposed Change:

2 Radio Buttons added to the Text-to-Column tool

  1. Split by Each Entry
    1. Current functionality
    2. Should be default
    3. Splits on every letter, space, punctuation, etc. separately
  2. Split by Entire Entry
    1. Allow splitting by using entire entry in the field
    2. Still includes spaces, letters, and punctuation, but now sees as "whole-word"

 

Example of function:

  1. Radio button set to "split by entire entry"
  2. Delimiter field has:   vs. 
  3. Tool sees  ______ vs. ______  in a column in the data
  4. Tool splits ______  and  ______ into new columns leaving out the entire vs. including the spaces entered around it

 

Thank you!

3 Comments
patrick_digan
17 - Castor
17 - Castor

Great idea!

DataNath
16 - Nebula

Love this! Have had a load of occasions where this would’ve been super handy and saved me messing around with RegEx as you mention!

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