I recently used the Text to Columns feature in Excel to split a column of data into multiple columns based on the space character. Now when I paste text into Excel it automatically splits it into multiple columns without using the Text to Columns feature. Is there a way to revert this functionality back to normal?

  • mine is splitting url's on the colon... in every spreadsheet I use!
    – boomhauer
    Jan 18, 2014 at 19:54

3 Answers 3


This seemed to work, but is a bit involved.

  1. Enter data into a cell.
  2. Select the Text to Columns feature.
  3. Make sure Delimited is selected and choose Next.
  4. Uncheck the check next to Space (or the delimiter you want to disable)
  5. Click Finish.
  • Don't forget to mark your answer as the solution @leigh-riffel. It helps the community.
    – evan.bovie
    May 21, 2012 at 20:05
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    this worked. so it appears the last text-to-columns operation is used for all future pasting.
    – boomhauer
    Jan 18, 2014 at 19:55
  • It's used for all future pasting in any workbook, and also set by default whenever you open a text file.
    – Mohirl
    Jan 7, 2015 at 11:28
  • argh. obvious (in hindsight) - thanks that's a great timesaver
    – fostandy
    Aug 15, 2015 at 9:31
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    Sad UX!!.. They should have added an "Auto Split" option/checkbox button right next to the Split Text to Columns button. Nov 30, 2016 at 18:29

I created a quick Macro and added it to my personal.xlsm file. Here is the code. This more or less does the same thing that Leigh Riffel has suggested except it is a quick Macro run.

Sub DisableAutoSplitting()
    Selection.TextToColumns Destination:=Range("C2"), DataType:=xlDelimited, _
        TextQualifier:=xlDoubleQuote, ConsecutiveDelimiter:=False, Tab:=False, _
        Semicolon:=False, Comma:=False, Space:=False, Other:=False, FieldInfo _
        :=Array(1, 1), TrailingMinusNumbers:=True
End Sub
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    Beware: running a macro loses your Undo history.
    – gws
    Dec 12, 2016 at 19:46

Or just click into the formula bar or into the cell as if you are typing, then paste - it will then only go into that cell. (LOL creating a macro - so over complicated)

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    This works if you're trying to paste into only one cell. It doesn't work for pasting into multiple rows because all the lines end up in the one cell.
    – krubo
    Nov 11, 2016 at 23:33

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