2 Fast Means to Split an Excel Worksheet’s Contents into Multiple Workbooks Based on a Specific Column

At times, in data analysis, you may need to split the contents of an Excel worksheet into multiple Excel workbooks according to a specific column. Now, in this post, we will teach you 2 quick ways to get it.

Many users frequently need to split an Excel worksheet that contains huge rows of data into multiple separate Excel workbooks based on a specific column. For instance, here is my sample Excel worksheet. I would like to split this sheet’s data on basis of the “Price of single license (US$)” column into multiple workbooks.

Sample Excel Worksheet

In general, you’ll tend to use the following Method 1 to manually filter and copy data. But, it will be quite tedious and stupid if there are too many filter options. Therefore, here we also show a much more convenience way – Method 2, which uses VBA. Now, read on to get them in detail.

Method 1: Copy Contents to Separate Excel Workbooks after Filter

  1. At first, select a cell in the specific column, like “Cell B1” in my own instance.
  2. Then, turn to “Data” tab and click “Filter” button.Filter Data
  3. Next, click the “down arrow” button in the column header to display a list of filter choices.
  4. Now, uncheck the “(Select All)” option.Uncheck "Select All"
  5. After that, you can select one filter choice, like “29.95” in my example, and click “OK”.
  6. At once, only the data, whose value in Column B is “29.95”, will be left.Only Filtered Data Is Left
  7. Then, copy the filtered data and paste them into a new Excel workbook.Copy and Paste Contents
  8. Later, use the same way to split the other data to separate Excel workbooks.

Method 2: Batch Split Contents into Multiple Excel Workbooks via VBA

  1. In the first place, ensure that the specific worksheet is opened.
  2. Next, launch VBA editor according to “How to Run VBA Code in Your Excel“.
  3. Then, put the following code into “ThisWorkbook” project.
Sub SplitSheetDataIntoMultipleWorkbooksBasedOnSpecificColumn()
    Dim objWorksheet As Excel.Worksheet
    Dim nLastRow, nRow, nNextRow As Integer
    Dim strColumnValue As String
    Dim objDictionary As Object
    Dim varColumnValues As Variant
    Dim varColumnValue As Variant
    Dim objExcelWorkbook As Excel.Workbook
    Dim objSheet As Excel.Worksheet
    Set objWorksheet = ActiveSheet
    nLastRow = objWorksheet.Range("A" & objWorksheet.Rows.Count).End(xlUp).Row
    Set objDictionary = CreateObject("Scripting.Dictionary")
    For nRow = 2 To nLastRow
        'Get the specific Column
        'Here my instance is "B" column
        'You can change it to your case
        strColumnValue = objWorksheet.Range("B" & nRow).Value
        If objDictionary.Exists(strColumnValue) = False Then
           objDictionary.Add strColumnValue, 1
        End If
    varColumnValues = objDictionary.Keys
    For i = LBound(varColumnValues) To UBound(varColumnValues)
        varColumnValue = varColumnValues(i)
        'Create a new Excel workbook
        Set objExcelWorkbook = Excel.Application.Workbooks.Add
        Set objSheet = objExcelWorkbook.Sheets(1)
        objSheet.Name = objWorksheet.Name
        For nRow = 2 To nLastRow
            If CStr(objWorksheet.Range("B" & nRow).Value) = CStr(varColumnValue) Then
               'Copy data with the same column "B" value to new workbook
               nNextRow = objSheet.Range("A" & objWorksheet.Rows.Count).End(xlUp).Row + 1
               objSheet.Range("A" & nNextRow).Select
            End If
End Sub

VBA Code - Split an Excel Worksheet's Contents into Multiple Workbooks Based on a Specific Column

  1. After that, click the “Run” icon in the toolbar or press “F5” key button.
  2. When macro finishes, the separate Excel workbooks will be created with the split data from the source Excel worksheet.New Excel Workbooks
  3. Each workbook will look like the following screenshot.Separate New Excel Workbooks


  Advantages Disadvantages
Method 1 1. Easy to operate for all Excel users Troublesome if there are too many filter choices
2. Quick if there are few filter choices
Method 2 Much more efficient than Method 1 no matter the amount of filter choices A bit hard to operate for VBA newbies

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