How to Remove All Asterisk Characters from Cells in Excel

Sometimes when we opening an excel spreadsheet to check data, we may notice that there are some asterisks exist in texts for security or other reasons. If you feel these special characters are invalid you can remove them from cells. To remove all asterisks, you can directly remove them manually by holding Backspace, it is very troublesome obviously, we need to find some simple ways to remove them quickly. To help you to solve your problem, we prepare this free tutorial, you can remove asterisk by typing a formula or applying Find and Replace feature in excel. We will introduce the two ways in steps and make sure you can learn them clearly.


See screenshot below. There are some asterisk characters exist in texts. Let’s remove these special characters now.

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Method 1: Remove All Asterisk Characters by Formula

Step 1: In B2 enter the formula =SUBSTITUTE(A2,”*”,””).

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Step 2: Click Enter to get result. Verify that asterisk characters are removed.

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Step 3: Drag the fill handle down till then last cell in the list. Verify that all asterisk characters from the original list are removed in the new list.

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Method 2: Remove All Asterisk Characters by Find and Replace Feature

In method1 we remove all asterisk characters by SUBSITITUE function in excel. It can be seen a function for replacement. So, we can use excel built-in feature Find and Replace to remove asterisk characters as well.

Step 1: Press Ctrl+F to trigger Find and Replace dialog. You can also press Ctrl+H to trigger Find and Replace dialog and directly enter Replace tab. You can also click Home->Find & Select->Replace to load Find and Replace.

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Step 2: Click Replace tab, then enter ‘~*’ into Find what textbox, keep nothing in Replace with, then click Replace All.

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Step 3: Verify that all asterisk characters are removed.

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Related Functions

  • Excel Substitute function
    The Excel SUBSTITUTE function replaces a new text string for an old text string in a text string.The syntax of the SUBSTITUTE function is as below:= SUBSTITUTE  (text, old_text, new_text,[instance_num])….


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