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Text cells not on filter list

I'm working on an Excel file that has a column of cells with a lot of text.
 I want to split the cell into perhaps several cells in the columns out to the right.
 A common theme in these cells is a series of three asterisks "***" followed by a phrase.
 I want to split the cell contents at each occurrence of the "***".
 The text to columns command allows for one character, not three, so I did a find and replace to replace "***" with "*".
 When I did this, all my text disappeared except for "*".
 I don't
know why this is.

I also notice that when I filter the column, not every cell is showing up in my filter list.
 Also, when I click on one of these "non-filtering" cells, then click on Format Cells, then number, the cell text shows as just a bunch of pound signs "#########".
 For the cells that filter, the text is shown.

Any ideas?  I don't see a way to attach a sample file to this request.

– Genia Vickrey

Keys to the Problem Text cells not on filter list


Try this...
• Select your single-column of text to be split
• Data.Text-to-columns
...Check: Delimited.....Click: Next
...Check: Other: ...put the asterisk (*) in the box
...Check: TREAT CONSECUTIVE DELIMITERS AS ONE
...Click: Next
...Select the destination for the split text
...Click: Finish
 
Does that help?

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