## Excel Formula: Make text same length

If there is a list of texts with different lengths, for looking nicer, you can make these text with same length by adding trailing characters as below screenshot shown. Here it provides a formula which combines the LEN and REPT functions to handle it in Excel.

Generic formula:

 =text&REPT("char",fix_length-LEN(text))

Arguments

 Text: the cell or text you want to change it to a fixed length. Fix_length: the length of characters you want to use. Char: the specific character you used to fix the length of text with.

How this formula work

Here will change the text strings in range C3:C7 to the same length – 8 characters, and output the results in range D3:D7, please use below formula in cell D3:

 =C3&REPT("-",8-LEN(C3))

Press Enter key, the drag fill handle from D3 to D7 to change the texts to same length.

Explanation

LEN function: tthe LEN function counts the number of characters in the text.

REPT function: the REPT function repeats a character specific number of times. Here the formula =REPT("-",8-LEN(C3)) will repeat the character "-" a specific number of times based on the length of text in C3. You can see this formula as
=REPT("-",8-LEN(C3))
= REPT("-",8-7)
= REPT("-",1)

Remark

If you want to add leading characters to make the texts in fixed length, you can use this formula

 =REPT("char",fix_length-LEN(text))&text

### Sample File

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