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How can I remove blank spaces in Excel?

Posted on 2002-03-21
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I have a very large file I imported into Excel but am having problems sorting it because many entries in cells begin with a space. How can I mass remove these unwanted spaces?
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Question by:RAE
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by:bruintje
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Hi RAE,

-lets say data start at row 2
-you can insert a column in front of the offending column say column A which will then become the B column
-then add this formula =LTRIM(B2) to the new column in A2
-now copy this formula down till the end of the column to trim
-to round it up select column A completely choose copy
-then goto the second column choose paste special | only values
-then delete the first column again

be sure to make a copy first of this sheet but it will work like this

HTH:Bruintje
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jklmn earned 400 total points
ID: 6887233
Hi RAE,

If you don't mind using VBA, you can select the range with the data in your sheet and run this simple code:

Sub Trim()
For Each acell In Selection.Cells
acell.Value = LTrim(acell.Value)
Next
End Sub
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by:RAE
ID: 6887287
Thanks very much! It worked very well. (When I tried bruintje version I kept getting a #NAME? error)
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