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I need to create a formula that looks at a given cell, finds all instances of a specific character, and does a substitute or replaement.

I need to have a formula that inserts a space after each comma....one that either replaces the "," with ", " or that just finds the comma and inserts a space.

For example:
    cell might show the following - First National Bank,Anytown,US,12345
    Needs to show as First National Bank, Anytown, US, 12345
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Question by:IO_Dork
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Saqib Husain, Syed earned 2000 total points
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=substitute(a1,",",", ")
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by:Saqib Husain, Syed
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If you end up with commas followed by two spaces then try this

=substitute(substitute(a1,",",", "),",  ",", ")
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by:IO_Dork
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the amount of commas could and may vary...is there a formula to address this variability?
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by:barry houdini
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SUBSTITUTE will replace all the commas, so the number doesn't matter

You can address the double space issue with TRIM, i.e. amending Saqib's suggested formula like this

=TRIM(SUBSTITUTE(A1,",",", "))

regards, barry
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by:Ess Kay
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CTRL+R
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by:IO_Dork
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Thanks, worked perfectly with no extra spaces.
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