Remove Leading and Trailing Spaces
In this tutorial you will learn that how to remove leading or trailing spaces from a text string in a cell in Excel. This post will guide you how to delete leading or trailing spaces of all cells in a column.
If you remove leading spaces in cells one by one by manually, it will waste a lot of time. So this post will show you two methods to quickly remove leading and trailing spaces from text in one or more cells in your worksheet.
Assuming that you need to remove all leading spaces and trailing spaces in the range of cells A1:A4, you can refer to the following two methods to achieve it.
Method 1: Remove Leading and Trailing spaces with Excel Formula
To remove leading and trailing spaces from text string in Cells, you can use the TRIM function to remove extra spaces. So you can type the following formula in Cell B1, then press Enter key.
=TRIM(A1)
Then select Cell B1 and drag the AutoFill Handle down to other cells that you want to remove the leading or trailing spaces.
You will see that all of your leading and trailing spaces in range A1:A4 are cleaned up.
Note: if the text contains nonbraking spaces, this formula will not work, because the TRIM function is not able to remove nonbreaking spaces. At this time, you should remove the nonbreaking spaces firstly with the SUBSTITUTE function, and then use the TRIM function to remove the rest leading and trailing spaces. So you can write down the following Excel formula:
=TRIM(SUBSTITUTE(A1,CHAR(160)," "))
You will see that all of leading and trailing spaces are removed from the text string in range A1:A4.
Or try to use the following formula:
=TRIM(CLEAN(SUBSTITUTE(A1,CHAR(160)," ")))
The CHAR(160) formula returns a nonbreaking space character.
The SUBSTITUTE function will replace all nonbreaking space with new space character.
The CLEAN function will remove all nonprinting characters, such as line breaks.
Method 2: Remove Leading and Trailing spaces with Excel VBA macro
If you want to quickly remove leading and trailing spaces, you can write an Excel VBA macro code, just do it following:
1# click on “Visual Basic” command under DEVELOPER Tab.
2# then the “Visual Basic Editor” window will appear.
3# click “Insert” >”Module” to create a new module
4# paste the below VBA code into the code window. Then clicking “Save” button.
Sub RemoveLeadingAndTrailingSpaces() Set W = Application.Selection Set W = Application.InputBox("Select one range that you want to remove leading and trailing spaces:", "RemoveLeadingAndTrailingSpaces", W.Address, Type:=8) For Each R In W R.Value = VBA.Trim(R.Value) Next End Sub
5# back to the current worksheet, then run the above excel macro.
6# select the range of cells that you want to remove leading and trailing spaces, then click OK button.
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