excel how do - Remove leading or trailing spaces in an entire column of data
Quite often the issue is a non-breaking space -
CHAR(160) - especially from Web text sources -that
CLEAN can't remove, so I would go a step further than this and try a formula like this which replaces any non-breaking spaces with a standard one
Ron de Bruin has an excellent post on tips for cleaning data here
You can also remove the
CHAR(160) directly without a workaround formula by
- Edit .... Replace your selected data,
- in Find What hold
0160using the numeric keypad
- Leave Replace With as blank and select Replace All
How do I remove leading or trailing spaces of all cells in an entire column?
The worksheet's conventional
Find and Replace (aka Ctrl+H) dialog is not solving the problem.
If it's the same number of characters at the beginning of the cell each time, you can use the text to columns command and select the fixed width option to chop the cell data into two columns. Then just delete the unwanted stuff in the first column.
I was able to use Find & Replace with the "Find what:" input field set to:
" * "
(space asterisk space with no double-quotes)
and "Replace with:" set to: