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How to remove non-English characters in Excel column?

Author: Sun Last Modified: 2020-08-21

For instance, ,here is a list of names which include some non-English characters. How can you quickly remove the cells which contain non-English characters in Excel?

Remove rows containing non-English characters by VBA

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Remove rows contain non-English characters by VBA

Here is a VBA that can remove the rows which contain non-English characters in Excel.

1. Active the worksheet containing the characters you want to remove, and press Alt + F11 keys to enable the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.

2. Click Insert > Module, and paste below code to the Module.

VBA: Remove non-English characters

Sub RemoveNonEnglish()
    Dim xRg As Range
    Dim xCell As Range
    Dim I As Long
    Dim J As Long
    Dim xRows As Long
    Dim xAsc As Long
    On Error Resume Next
    Set xRg = Application.InputBox("Select single column:", "KuTools For Excel", Selection.Address, , , , , 8)
    If xRg Is Nothing Then Exit Sub
    Application.ScreenUpdating = False
    xRows = xRg.Rows.Count
    Set xRg = xRg(1)
    For I = 1 To xRows
        Set xCell = xRg.Offset(I - 1)
        If xCell.Value <> "" Then
            For J = 1 To Len(xCell.Value)
                xAsc = Asc(UCase(Mid(xCell.Value, J, 1)))
                If xAsc < 65 Or xAsc > 90 Then
                    I = I - 1
                    Exit For
                End If
        End If
    Application.ScreenUpdating = True
    MsgBox "Completed...", vbInformation
End Sub

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3. Press F5 key to select the column list you want to use to in the popping dialog.
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4. Click OK > OK, and then the rows containing non-English characters have been removed.
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Note: this VBA only works for one column.

Remove non-English characters from string by Remove Characters

If you want to remove non-English characters from string as below screenshot shown, you can apply Kutools for Excel’s Remove Characters feature to quickly finish it.

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Kutools for Excel, with more than 300 handy functions, makes your jobs more easier. 

After installing Kutools for Excel, please do as below:(Free Download Kutools for Excel Now!)

1. Select the range you need and click Kutools > Text > Remove Characters. See screenshot:
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2. Check Non-alpha only in the Remove Characters dialog, you can see the result in the Preview first.
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3. Click Ok, the non-English characters have been removed from strings.
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How do i get rid of non-english characters in an essy even if i deleted comas, fullstops, apostrophes etc.....but keeps on popping?
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Hi, Husama Abass, please give me more description about your question, I do not get it clearly.
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Hi. I used this just now to remove Chinese characters from may crew list but it also removed the spaces in between the alpha names. Hoping that there is an option to remove non-alpha characters but leave out spaces in the process.
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