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    Problem with spaces between text and numbers

    Hey,

    I have rows with "numbers" like 1 250,30 and 1 350,50, but they aren't in number format (I guess this is the problem). I am trying to get rid of the extra space between the "numbers" but the substitute or trim function does not work for me. I also tried to divide and multiply the numbers but it does not work.

    Any ideas? I want to get the extra space of and to the number format.
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    Re: Problem with spaces between text and numbers

    If Trim or Substitute don't work, then the spaces are not really spaces.
    They're some other non printable character.

    We need to know what character it actually is to proceed.

    Given that number 1 250,30
    What does this return
    =CODE(MID(A1,2,1))

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    Re: Problem with spaces between text and numbers

    Assume your first piece of data in cell A1, then in B1 type =REPLACE(A1,2,1,)*1 and copy down.

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    Re: Problem with spaces between text and numbers

    In your description, there is an actual space character in your numbers.
    I suspect that your actual data comes from a website and the "spaces" are actually HTML non-breaking spaces.

    Try this to remove them...

    Excel 2007 and later:
    Home.Find&Replace.Replace
    Find What: [Alt]+0160 <-Hold down [Alt]…type 0160…release [Alt]
    Replace with: (leave this blank)
    Click: [Replace All]

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    Re: Problem with spaces between text and numbers

    Are you sure they're not numbers? The default separators for Finland are the space and comma as your post is showing. If you format the cells as General does the appearance change?
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    Re: Problem with spaces between text and numbers

    alansidman: =REPLACE(A1,2,1,)*1 function works but as some of the numbers are like 20 130,30 and so on I would have to do a lot of work manually.

    Ron Coderre: it does not let me to write and press alt at the same time

    romperstomper : I tried, it does not work.

    Any more ideas?

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    Re: Problem with spaces between text and numbers

    Quote Originally Posted by hensoros View Post
    Ron Coderre: it does not let me to write and press alt at the same time
    You won't see the characters being printed in the find window when you do it, but it IS working.
    Hold ALT, type 0160, release ALT
    You won't see anything in the box except something that looks like a space
    Click replace all


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonmo1 View Post
    Given that number 1 250,30
    What does this return
    =CODE(MID(A1,2,1))

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    Re: Problem with spaces between text and numbers

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    Re: Problem with spaces between text and numbers

    The macro at this website will remove all leading/trailing
    and multiple interspersed char 32 space characters.
    It will also remove and/or convert char 160 non breaking
    spaces into standard char 32 space characters. It will
    work on text or numbers and the numbers will be
    converted to true numeric numbers.

    I use this macro dozens of times every single day!
    It's a real time saver.

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    Re: Problem with spaces between text and numbers

    Give this a try:

    =REPLACE(A1,FIND(" ",A1),1,)*1

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