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    Removing leading and trailing spaces

    Hi,
    I have used trim() to remove trailing and leading space but it removes space towards the right side of the string. It is not removing space of the left side of the string.

    I copied the data from my email i pasted in excel and it is giving me result as " 24 "
    i would like to see the result as 24 without any space.

    Could anyone please help me ?
    thank you

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    Re: Removing leading and trailing spaces

    you could try a LEN() function to make sure there are actually spaces....and according the help file it should remove all spaces except spaces between words on TEXT...HTH
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    Re: Removing leading and trailing spaces

    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.

    http://www.mvps.org/dmcritchie/excel/join.htm#trimall
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    Re: Removing leading and trailing spaces

    Can you please help me with a LEN()?

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    Re: Removing leading and trailing spaces

    say you have your data in cell A1.....click in cell B1 and type =LEN(A1).....this will return a value of the length of a string(TEXT)....if your data is TEXT...

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    Re: Removing leading and trailing spaces

    Hi

    There are several space characters. The one that Trim() removes is the ASCII space (character 32). When you copy text from the web you sometimes get another space, a html no-break space, character 160.

    Try:

    =TRIM(SUBSTITUTE(A1,CHAR(160)," "))

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    Re: Removing leading and trailing spaces

    thank you lecxe. Its working exactly the way i wanted.

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    Re: Removing leading and trailing spaces

    You're welcome. Thanks for the feedback.

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