Figure 1. Remove Unwanted Characters in Excel.
If we are required to remove/delete certain unwanted characters from a text string, we are going to make use of the Excel SUBSTITUTE function.
The Excel SUBSTITUTE function can be used for finding and replacing text in a cell.
How to use the SUBSTITUTE function in Excel.
To utilize the SUBSTITUTE function in Excel, carry out the following 3 simple steps;
1.The example illustrated below has an ORIGINAL column, containing the text string that we are going to clear of any unwanted characters, and a CLEANED column for Excel to return the desired results.
Figure 2. Remove Unwanted Characters in Excel.
- Assign the following SUBSTITUTE formula to cell B2 of our worksheet;
Figure 3. Remove Unwanted Characters in Excel.
Any unwanted characters are very easily removed from the string by the SUBSTITUTE formula.
- Modify and apply the SUBSTITUTE formula in cell B2 to the other cells in the CLEANED column for the desired results to be returned;
Figure 4. Remove Unwanted Characters in Excel.
The Excel SUBSTITUTE Function is very useful when we are working with large volumes of text.
Figure 5. Final Result.
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