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I'm not sure if this is possible, or if I'll have to do it manually, but I have lots of cells in the following format:


If possible, I'd like to break it up into columns, like so:

I have a data in excel in the format:

87.12   |   56.52   |   -16.50   |   98.21   |   -9.51

I've tried text to columns based on the '+' symbol, but it falls short when I then try to break it down by the '-' symbol, it moves into columns as appropriate, it removes the minus from the start of the figure

Any suggestions would be very welcome! Thank you

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You would need to first do a find/replace and replace - with+-.

once you have done this, Do your text to columns method you have already tried. This will split it at the + and maintain the negative numbers.

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Fantastic and simple solution - thank you! :) – Nick Nov 24 '12 at 18:14
Love the logic of this solution! – Gary Nov 24 '12 at 23:41
Find/replace has been my friend through many a datamine. – Jared Tritsch Nov 25 '12 at 0:20

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