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I need a code to search dashes - into a string and if found then replace it with space

how I can do that?
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Question by:Flora
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by:Haris Djulic
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Use this formula

=+SUBSTITUTE(A1;"-";" ")

Where A1 iscell with your data
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by:Flora
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I know Subs  formula.  my question is on how to use the vba built in function "Replace"  in VBA not in Built in function of Excel
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by:Haris Djulic
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Here is the VBA syntax

Worksheets("SHEET_NAME").Columns("A").Replace What:="-", Replacement:=" ", SearchOrder:=xlByColumns, MatchCase:=True

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by:Norie
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This is how you would use replace.

Dim strAString As String

    strAString  ="A-test-string"

    MsgBox Replace(strAString, "-"," ")

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Replace(yourstring, "-", " ")
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by:Flora
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thank you guys

last query on this,   if I want to replace dashes and underscores - & _ with space
how can this be done?  does it require two times replace or ampersand can be used in replace?
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You'll need to use Replace twice.
Dim strAString As String

    strAString  ="A-test-_string__"

    MsgBox Replace(Replace(strAString, "-"," "), "_", " ")

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If you had  lot of different characters you want find/replace you could use an array.
Dim strAString As String
Dim arrChars()
Dim I As Long

    arrChars = Array("-", "_", "?")
    strAString = "A-test-_string__"
    For I = LBound(arrChars) To UBound(arrChars)
        strAString = Replace(strAString, arrChars(I), " ")
    Next I
    
    MsgBox strAString

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two times replace..
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