A delimiter is a sequence of one or more characters used to specify the boundary between separate, independent regions in plain text or other data streams. An example of a delimiter is the comma character, which acts as a field delimiter in a sequence of comma-separated values.

Common delimiters:

  • Tab
  • Colon
  • Semicolon
  • Comma
  • Space
  • Pipe
  • Hyphen

Delimiters in Excel

Excel uses delimiters in the Text to Columns function.  The options are tab (    ),  semicolon (;), comma (,), space ( ), or other which is an input field for a single custom character.

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