Removing excess spaces and nonprinting characters
Excel provides you with two functions to help whip your data into shape: TRIM and CLEAN.
- TRIM removes all leading and trailing spaces and replaces internal strings of multiple spaces by a single space.
- CLEAN removes all nonprinting characters from a string. These "garbage" characters often appear when you import certain types of data.
This example uses the TRIM function. The formula returns Fourth Quarter Earnings (with no excess spaces):
= TRIM (CLEAN (" Fourth Quarter Earnings "))