To convert a string to an array that contains one item for each letter, you can use an array formula based on the MID, ROW, LEN and INDIRECT functions. This can sometimes be useful inside other formulas that manipulate text at the character level.
Note: this is an array formula and must be entered with control + shift + enter.
Working from the inside out, the LEN function calculates the length of the string, and this is joined by concatenation to "1:", creating a text range like this: "1:3"
This text is passed into INDIRECT, which evaluates the text as a reference and returns the result to the ROW function. The ROW function returns the rows contained in the reference in an array of numbers like this:
Notice we have one number for each letter in the original text.
This array goes into the MID function, for the start_num argument. The text comes from column B, and the number of characters is hardcoded as 1
Finally, with multiple start numbers, MID returns multiple results in an array like this.
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Excel doesn't have a way to cast the letters in a text string to an array directly in a formula. As a workaround, this formula uses the MID function, with help from the ROW and INDIRECT functions to achieve the same result. The formula in C5, copied...
Working from the inside out, the MID function is used to cast the string into an array of individual letters: MID ( B5 , ROW ( INDIRECT ( "1:" & LEN ( B5 ))), 1 ) In this part of the formula, MID , ROW , INDIRECT , and LEN are used to...
The Excel ROW function returns the row number for a reference. For example, ROW(C5) returns 5, since C5 is the fifth row in the spreadsheet. When no reference is provided, ROW returns the row number of the cell which contains the formula.
The Excel INDIRECT function returns a valid cell reference from a given text string. INDIRECT is useful when you want to assemble a text value that can be used as a valid reference.
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