Find and replace a * in Excel 2010

Posted on 2011-03-25
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
I have an excel spreadsheet that I need to edit, specifically removing Asterisks that are in text paragraphs.  If I do a find and replace for a * I think it's thinking that means everything in any cell.  How do I actually tell it to just search for the actual symbol and delete just that?  

Question by:Longshot9
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zorvek (Kevin Jones) earned 125 total points
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To search for the wildcard characters asterisk and question mark, precede those characters with a tilde character (~). To search for a tilde character, use two tilde characters in sequence. To replace wildcard characters with other characters enter just that character preceded by a tilde in the "Find what" text entry field, and the characters with which to replace the wildchard character into the "Replace with" text entry field.

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You need to add a ~ before the asterisk, like on the attached image.


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in the "find what:"  type   ~*   that will replace all asterisks

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Awesome, worked like a charm.  Thanks zorvek

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