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How to remove non-alphanumeric characters in Excel?

Supposing there is a range of data, such as JAMES0898#4%^{}, which contains non-alphanumeric characters in a worksheet, and now you just only want to remove the non-alphanumeric characters and keep the alphanumeric characters. For example, JAMES0898#4%^{} > JAMES0898. How do you quickly delete those non-alphanumeric characters in Excel?

Remove non-alphanumeric characters with VBA code

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With the following short VBA code, you can remove the non-alphanumeric characters as well. You can do it as this:

1. Select the range that you want to delete the non-alphanumeric characters.

2. Click Developer>Visual Basic, a new Microsoft Visual Basic for applications window will be displayed, click Insert > Module, and input the following code into the Module:

VBA:Remove all non-alphanumeric characters

Sub RemoveNotAlphasNotNum()
'Updateby2014128
Dim Rng As Range
Dim WorkRng As Range
On Error Resume Next
xTitleId = "KutoolsforExcel"
Set WorkRng = Application.Selection
Set WorkRng = Application.InputBox("Range", xTitleId, WorkRng.Address, Type:=8)
For Each Rng In WorkRng
    xOut = ""
    For i = 1 To Len(Rng.Value)
        xTemp = Mid(Rng.Value, i, 1)
        If xTemp Like "[a-z.]" Or xTemp Like "[A-Z.]" Or xTemp Like "[0-9.]" Then
            xStr = xTemp
        Else
            xStr = ""
        End If
        xOut = xOut & xStr
    Next i
    Rng.Value = xOut
Next
End Sub

2. Click doc-multiply-calculation-3button to execute the code.

3. Then select a range you want to remove all non-alphanumeric characters in the pop-up dialog, see screenshot:

4. Click OK, and all of the non-alphanumeric characters have been deleted from the cells. See screenshot:


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With above two methods, you need to know the codes, but as Excel beginners, most of us can’t use the code, so here I will give you an easy way to do it.

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If you have installed Kutools for Excel, please do it as following steps:

1. Select the range that you need to remove the non-alphanumeric characters.

2. Click Kutools > Text Tools > Delete Characters, see screenshot:

3. Then a Delete Characters dialog box will appear, check Non-alphanumeric option, and you can see the result from the Preview Pane. See screenshot:

4. Click OK. And all of the non-alphanumeric characters have been deleted from the text string.

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    Dee · 2 years ago
    How do you remove the characters while keeping the space separator?
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    Mike Litoris · 4 years ago
    VBA method worked, but only works on the selected range. You cannot specify the output into a different range of cells than the input. So you must copy the source data into the target range, select the data, run the script and allow it to output to the default range. Also, the period (.) is not considered a special character, so if you want to remove those too, you'll need to search and replace.
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    Bryan Steven · 5 years ago
    Thanks for sharing, but still don't like the input-box method... :D