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The list is one column with many rows. Many of the rows contain word, or words and numbers.
I am seeking a script that I can amend (i.e include different words if required) to be able to remove all words, (including letter/number combinations like m2 - see list) in one run without changing the cell location of the number that is left.
example-list.xlsx
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Question by:gregfthompson
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by:Subodh Tiwari (Neeraj)
ID: 41855727
You may try something like this....

Sub ReplaceWords()
Dim replWhat As String
Dim replWith As String
replWhat = Application.InputBox("What word/string you want to replace?", "String To Be Replaced!")
If replWhat = "False" Then
   MsgBox "You didn't input the string to be replaced", vbExclamation
   Exit Sub
End If
replWith = Application.InputBox("What is the word/string you want to replace with?", "String To Be Replaced With!")

Columns(1).Replace What:=replWhat, Replacement:=replWith, LookAt:=xlPart, _
    SearchOrder:=xlByRows, MatchCase:=False, SearchFormat:=False, _
    ReplaceFormat:=False
MsgBox "All the occurrences of " & replWhat & " were replaced with " & replWith & " successfully.", vbInformation, "Done!"
End Sub

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by:gregfthompson
ID: 41855737
Thanks.

 amended it to this:
Sub ReplaceWords()
Dim replWhat As String
Dim replWith As String
replWhat = Application.InputBox("m2", "(approx)", "Square Mtr Approx", "sqm", "m2", "squareMeter", "(approx)", "m²", "m?", "approx.", "sq m", "squaremeter", "square metres", "Square Metres", "m")
If replWhat = "False" Then
   MsgBox "You didn't input the string to be replaced", vbExclamation
   Exit Sub
End If
replWith = Application.InputBox("What is the word/string you want to replace with?", "String To Be Replaced With!")

Columns(1).Replace What:=replWhat, Replacement:=replWith, LookAt:=xlPart, _
    SearchOrder:=xlByRows, MatchCase:=False, SearchFormat:=False, _
    ReplaceFormat:=False
MsgBox "All the occurrences of " & replWhat & " were replaced with " & replWith & " successfully.", vbInformation, "Done!"
End Sub
 
 But it would not run.
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by:gregfthompson
ID: 41855738
It said Wrong number of arguments or invalid property assignment.
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by:Subodh Tiwari (Neeraj)
ID: 41855742
Try it like this.....
When prompted to input the words to be replaced, list all the words separated by a comma in the first input box and in the second input box, input the word which you want to replace the above mentioned words with. If you just want to remove those words, leave the second input box blank and click OK.
Sub ReplaceWords()
Dim lr As Long, i As Long
Dim rng As Range
Dim replWhat As String
Dim replWith As String
Dim str() As String
lr = Cells(Rows.Count, 1).End(xlUp).Row
Set rng = Range("A1:A" & lr)
replWhat = Application.InputBox("What word/string you want to replace?", "String To Be Replaced!")
If replWhat = "False" Then
   MsgBox "You didn't input the string to be replaced", vbExclamation
   Exit Sub
End If
str() = Split(replWhat, ",")
replWith = Application.InputBox("What is the word/string you want to replace with?", "String To Be Replaced With!")

For i = 0 To UBound(str)
   If str(i) <> " " Then
      rng.Replace What:=str(i), Replacement:=replWith, LookAt:=xlPart, _
          SearchOrder:=xlByRows, MatchCase:=False, SearchFormat:=False, _
          ReplaceFormat:=False
    End If
Next i
End Sub

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by:gregfthompson
ID: 41855749
Thanks:I tried this, but it seems there are too many words for the input line.


Sub ReplaceWords()
Dim replWhat As String
Dim replWith As String
replWhat = Application.InputBox($ +,(approx),/,+,app,Approx,approx,approx,Approx,approx,approx m2,approx m2,approx s,Approx sqm,Approx Square metres,Approx square metres,Aprox m2,Apx,Auction,From,from: m2,in excess of sqmtrs,IncludesBAL m2,m,m,m x m,m?,m?,m?,m2,m2,m2,m2,m2,m²,m²,m2 &,m2 approx,m2 mm2,m²,m²,m²,m²,m² approx,Metres²,metres²,mm2,ms,mt2,mt2 approx,N/A,nil,over,Over sqm,sq,sq,sq m,sq m,sq m,sq m,sq m approx,sq metres,sq metres,sq metresw,Sqft,sqm,sqm,sqm,sqm,sqm,sqm,sqm approx,sqm approx,Sqms,sqms,sqr,sqr,sqrs m2,square,square,Square Metre,square Metre,Square Metres,Square Metres,square metres,Square Metres,square metres,Square Mtr,Square Mtr,Square Mtr approx,Square Mtr Approx,square units,squareMeter,squareMeter,squares m2,Townhouse,Unit,Unit sqm,Unknown,Varied,Various Sizes,VIC Sqms)
If replWhat = "False" Then
   MsgBox "You didn't input the string to be replaced", vbExclamation
   Exit Sub
End If
replWith = Application.InputBox("What is the word/string you want to replace with?", "String To Be Replaced With!")

Columns(1).Replace What:=replWhat, Replacement:=replWith, LookAt:=xlPart, _
    SearchOrder:=xlByRows, MatchCase:=False, SearchFormat:=False, _
    ReplaceFormat:=False
MsgBox "All the occurrences of " & replWhat & " were replaced with " & replWith & " successfully.", vbInformation, "Done!"
End Sub
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Subodh Tiwari (Neeraj) earned 2000 total points
ID: 41855758
It is better to have a separate sheet with a list of words you want to remove from Sheet2. See the Sheet Word List in the attached. Just mention all the words in column A and click the button on Sheet2 to remove those words from column A on Sheet2.
Example-list.xlsm
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