How to remove leading and trailing spaces in Excel?

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arrow blue right bubbleUsing Trim function in Excel to remove leading and trailing spaces

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The syntax for the TRIM function is:

= TRIM ( Text )

Like the following example shows, to remove the space in the cell C11, just click a new cell and enter the trim formula to apply the modification.See screenshot:

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Note: The TRIM function will not remove all space characters. In particular one commonly used space character that TRIM will not remove is the non-breaking space used in web pages.


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The third party add-in Kutools for Excel can help remove all the leading and trailing spaces quickly in Excel.

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Compare with the trim function in Excel, the Removing Spaces utility in Kutools for Excel provides more flexible way to remove all the excessive space in Excel. You can directly remove the space in the cell without moving them into other cells. More important, you can remove other kind of space in the cell, such as all excess space, all space and so on.

Please apply this utility by clicking Kutools > Text Tools > Remove Spaces. See screenshot:

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Step 1: Select the cells that you want to modify. You can select some columns, rows or the entire worksheet.

Step 2: Click Kutools > Text Tools > Remove Spaces, and check Leading &Trailing spaces in the popup Remove Spaces dialog. See screenhot:

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Step 3: Step 3: Click OK or Apply to apply it.

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For more detailed information about Remove Spaces, go to Remove Spaces..


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