Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Excel 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Excel, click here: Removing Spaces.

Removing Spaces

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated October 7, 2017)

Do you have a lot of data that contains spaces, and you need to remove those spaces? Perhaps you imported it from another program, or the spaces were entered by mistake. For example, you may have a large number of policy numbers in a worksheet, and there are spaces in the policy numbers. If you want to remove those spaces, there are two approaches you can use.

The first approach is to use the SUBSTITUTE function. Let's say that a policy number is in cell A5. In cell B5 you could use this formula:

=SUBSTITUTE(A5," ","")

The result is that cell B5 contains the policy number with all the spaces removed.

The second approach works well if you have a lot of cells containing spaces, and you want to remove them in one step. Create the following macro:

Sub NoSpaces()
    Dim c As Range

    For Each c In Selection.Cells
        c = Replace(c, " ", "")
    Next
End Sub

Select the cells you want to modify, and then run the macro. It examines each cell in the selected range, removing any spaces in that range. The result is then placed back in the same cell.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (3037) applies to Microsoft Excel 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Excel (Excel 2007 and later) here: Removing Spaces.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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