How to remove trailing spaces from cells in Microsoft Excel?

Supposing you got an Excel worksheet from others, and you found that there are unwanted spaces at the end of the cells. And these trailing spaces are not easy to find out and affecting cell sorting, calculating, or other operations. This article will introduce several methods to remove trailing spaces from cells in Microsoft Excel as below screenshot shown.

Remove trailing spaces from cells in Excel with VBA
Remove trailing spaces from cells in Excel with Kutools for Excel


Remove trailing spaces from cells in Excel with VBA

Using the Trim function is easy to remove the trailing space in one cell, but time-consuming to remove trailing spaces in many cells. Here provides a macro to remove all trailing spaces of all cells in a selection.

1: Select the range you want to remove trailing spaces from cells.

2. Press the ALT + F11 keys to open the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.

3. Click Insert > Module, and paste the following macro in the Module Window.

VBA code: Remove all trailing spaces from selected cells in Excel

Sub NoSpaces()
'Update by Extendoffice 20180613
Dim c As Range
For Each c In Selection.Cells
c = Trim(c)
Next
End Sub

4. Press the F5 key to run this macro. Then all trailing spaces are removed from cells of selected range immediately.


Remove trailing spaces from cells in Excel with Kutools for Excel

This section is going to introduce a handy addin - Kutools for Excel. Its Remove Spaces tool can help you remove all trailing spaces from cells quickly. Please do as follows

Before applying Kutools for Excel, please download and install it firstly.

1. Select the range you want to remove all trailing spaces from cells, then click Kutools > Text > Remove Spaces.

2. In the Remove Spaces dialog box, check the Trailing Spaces option in Spaces Type section and then click the OK button. See screenshot:

Then you can see all trailing spaces have been removed from selected cells immediately. See screenshot:

  If you want to have a free trial ( 30-day) of this utility, please click to download it, and then go to apply the operation according above steps.


Demo: Remove trailing spaces from selected cells with Kutools for Excel


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    Mario · 2 years ago
    THANK YOU SO MUCH! I was going crazy doing a MS Word Mail merge from Excel data and couldn't figure out why there was extra space in the fields. MANY THANKS!
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    Sakshi Sharma · 3 years ago
    Remove all white spaces after last character.
    Ex. "CABLE AS " it should become "CABLE AS"
    ("" not there in the cell)
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    umar jaan · 3 years ago
    You Made my life, feeling excited thanks for this micro code. SUUUUUUUUUUUUUUPPPERRRRR
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    Brian · 3 years ago
    You might mention that you shouldn't select the entire worksheet as the range. It takes a very, very long time to process that many cells.
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    Sam · 3 years ago
    Awesome! Thanks! Saved a lot of time!!
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    Patrick Baldwin · 4 years ago
    WOW! Couldn't have been easier - thank you so much for the help!
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    Syed · 4 years ago
    Very good. Saved me a lot of time, thanks!
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    Paul D · 4 years ago
    I solved it by copying the first formula in my 32 options I wanted to keep a part of the table, and pasted on the other 31 parts and the job was done.
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    Vikash Sharma · 4 years ago
    Hello Frnds,
    Need help to resolve a problem.

    Problem:
    I have data in one single cell like as below:

    REQ-0001

    REQ-00044

    REQ-343543

    (data is in single cell and having space in between). I want to just remove this breakline space and get the data in one single cell only as below:

    REQ-0001
    REQ-00044
    REQ-343543

    Thanks in advance.
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    !MikeG! · 5 years ago
    Great article. Is there a way to tie the VBA code to a button?

    In order for the user to quickly hit and have the trailing spaces removed from a specific column.
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    Charles · 5 years ago
    Thanks for the macro to trim trailing spaces - easy, effective, and awesome.