TRIM Function

Question:     I have just imported data into MS Excel. How do I remove leading or trailing spaces from the data?  I also would like to limit the amount of space between words to one.

Answer:        By using the TRIM function

Why:            Removes all spaces from text except for single spaces between words. Use TRIM on text that you have received from another application that may have irregular spacing

Applies To: Excel 2003, 2007, 2010

  1. For this example the screen shot given below will be used

2. Select cell B2 and type =Trim(A2) then press enter.  Drag the formula down

3. The result will be as follows

As you can see from the data above, all spaces from the text except for single spaces between words have been removed.

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