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How to remove all dashes from SSN (Social Security Numbers) in Excel?

The common SSN numbers are made by 9 digits with hyphens, such as AAA-GG-SSSS. In some cases, you may get a list of SSN in Excel, and need to remove the dashes from them, how could you get it done? This article introduces several easy solutions for you.


Remove all dashes from SSN with formulas

You can apply the SUBSTITUTE function to remove a certain character from a cell easily in Excel, Please do as follows:

Select a blank cell, enter below formula, and then drag the AutoFill Handle to the range as you need. See screenshot:

=SUBSTITUTE(B3,"-","")

Notes:
(1) In above formula, B3 is the cell containing SSN, “-” means you will replace all dashes, and “” indicated you will replace dashes with nothing.
(2) You can also apply this formula to remove all dashes from SSN: =LEFT(B3,3)&MID(B3,5,2)&RIGHT(B3,4)


Remove all dashes from SSN with Replace feature

If you need to remove all dashes from the SSN cells directly, you can apply the Replace feature in Excel. Please do as follows:

1. Select the SSN cells you will remove dashes from, and press Ctrl + H keys together to open the Find and Replace dialog.
Note: You can also open the Find and Replace dialog with clicking Home > Find & Select > Replace.

2. In the Find and Replace dialog, type dashes into the Find what box, type nothing into the Replace with box, and then click the Replace All button. See screenshot:

3. Now a dialog box comes out and tells how many dashes have been removed. Close this dialog and the Find and Replace dialog.
Now you will see all dashes are removed from the SSN cells in bulk. See screenshot:


Remove all dashes from SSN with an Remove Characters of Kutools for Excel

If you have Kutools for Excel installed, you can apply its Remove Characters feature to remove any kinds of characters from selected cells immediately.

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1. Select the SSN cells you will remove dashes from, and click Kutools > Text > Remove Characters. See screenshot:

2. In the Remove Characters dialog, only tick the Custom checkbox, type dashes into below box, and click the Ok button. See screenshot:

Now all dashes are removed from the selected SSN cells at once.


Remove all dashes from SSN with removing the 4th and 7th characters

As you know, an SSN is made by 9 digits with two dashes. And two dashes are fixed in fourth place and seventh place. Hence, you can apply the Remove by Position feature of Kutools for Excel to remove the fourth and seventh characters to remove all dashes.

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1. Select the SSN cells you will remove dashes from, and click Kutools > Text > Remove by Position. See screenshot:

2. In the Remove by Position dialog,
(1) Type 1 in the Numbers box, check Specify option, type 4 into the right box, and click the Apply button.
(2) Change 4 to 6 in the Specify box, and click the Ok button. See screenshot:


Now all dashes are removed from the selected SSN cells at once.


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