Unmerge Cells in Excel

How to Unmerge Cells in Excel? (using 3 methods)

There are 3 methods to unmerge cells in excel:

  1. Unmerge Cells using Excel Ribbon
  2. Unmerge Cells using Excel Shortcut
  3. Unmerge Cells and Copy the Original Value to Each Unmerged Cell

Let us discuss each of them in detail –

You can download this Unmerge Cells Excel Template here – Unmerge Cells Excel Template

Method #1 – Unmerge Cells Using the Excel Ribbon

We have given below Order details product-wise. Let us discuss these with the help of examples.

Unmerge Cells in Excel Example 1

Follow the below steps for unmerging the cells:

  1. Select the cells that you want to unmerge. Refer to the below screenshot.


    Unmerge Cells in Excel Example 1-1

  2. Go to the HOME tab, then click on Merge & Center option under Alignment, then Click on the drop-down menu. It will display a list of items, as shown in the below screenshot. Click on the Unmerge Cells option.


    Unmerge Cells Example 1-2

  3. This option will unmerge all the merged cells in the selection.


    The final result is shown below:

    Unmerge Cells Example 1-3

Explanation

The content of each merged cell will be placed into the upper left cell, and other unmerged cells will be empty.

Method #2 – Unmerge Cells Using Keyboard Shortcut Keys

  • Select the cells that you want to merge and Press key ALT + H + M + U, and it will unmerge all the unmerged cells.
shortcutkey to Unmerge cells

Also, have a look at these top excel shortcuts.

Method #3 – Unmerge Cells and Copy the Original Value to Each Unmerged Cell

In the above example, as we can see, the result is not in a structured format. In some cases, you need to do both the things simultaneously: Unmerging the cells and also fill each unmerged cell with the value from the original cell.

We will learn this with the below example.

Let’s take again the order data with product-wise.

Unmerge Cells in Excel Example 3

To unmerge cells and fill the cells with original values. Follow the below steps:

  • Select the cells that have merged, then go to the HOME tab and click on the Merge & Center option under the Alignment, then click on the drop-down menu, it will display a list of items under that click on Unmerge Cells option.
Unmerge Cells Example 3-1
  • This will unmerge all the cells, as shown in the below screenshot.
Unmerge Cells Example 3-2
  • Select the entire table again and go to the HOME tab, then click on Find & Select option under the Edition section. It will open a drop-down list, as shown below. Click on Go To Special option.
Unmerge Cells Example 3-3
  • It will open a Go To Special dialog box, as shown in the below screenshot.
Go To Special dialog box
  • Click on the Blanks radio button as shown below, then click on OK.
Click on the Blanks
  • It will select all the blank cells. See the below screenshot.
select all the blank cells
  • Type the = (equal sign) and press the Up Arrow Key on the keyboard. Refer to the below screenshot.
equal sign
  • This will create a simple formula that fills the blank cell with the value from the above cell. As we want to fill all unmerged cells that are currently blank, press the CTRL+ENTER key to enter the formula in all the selected cells.

The final result is shown below:

Unmerge Cells Example 3-8

Things to Remember

  • Before unmerging the cells, It needs to check whether the merged cells are there in the selected area or not.
  • For this, select the cells in the worksheet.
  • On the HOME tab in the alignment section, check:
  • If the Merge & Center option isn’t highlighted, it means there are no merged cells in the selected area.

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