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Split Function

Updated: September 2009

Returns a zero-based, one-dimensional array containing a specified number of substrings.

                      Split(expression[, delimiter[, count[, compare]]])

expression

Required. String expression containing substrings and delimiters. If expression is a zero-length string, Split returns an empty array, that is, an array with no elements and no data.

delimiter

Optional. String used to identify substring limits. If omitted, the space character (" ") is assumed to be the delimiter. If delimiter is a zero-length string, a single-element array containing the entire expression string is returned.

count

Optional. Number of substrings to be returned; -1 indicates that all substrings are returned. If omitted, all substrings are returned.

compare

Optional. Numeric value indicating the kind of comparison to use when evaluating substrings. See Settings section for values. If omitted, a binary comparison is performed.

The compare argument can have the following values:

Constant

Value

Description

vbBinaryCompare

0

Perform a binary comparison.

vbTextCompare

1

Perform a textual comparison.

The following example uses the Split function to fill an array from a string that uses "|" as a delimiter.

Dim MyString, MyArray, i
MyString = "VBScript|is|fun!"
MyArray = Split(MyString, "|", -1, 1)
' MyArray(0) contains "VBScript".
' MyArray(1) contains "is".
' MyArray(2) contains "fun!".

For i = 0 to UBound(MyArray)
   MsgBox (MyArray(i))
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Reason

September 2009

Added information about the count and compare arguments.

Customer feedback.

April 2009

Modified description for delimiter argument.

Customer feedback.

March 2009

Modified example.

Information enhancement.

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