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Trying to remove a space before a number in a cell

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    Trying to remove a space before a number in a cell

    Hi Folks

    I have a list of numbers and i need to do a lookup into another sheet.

    The lookup is working for the most part except for those numbers in the sheet I am looking up into that seem to have a space before them.

    I tried the TRIM function but it does not work.

    Maybe it is due the format of the numbers or because it looks like they were pasted in from elsewhere. The format of the cell category is General.

    I have attached the file

    Any ideas?
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    Re: Trying to remove a space before a number in a cell

    The "space" is actually the non-breaking space character, with a code of 160 instead of the usual 32. This can be removed from all the cells in one operation using Find & Replace (CTRL-H). Highlight all the cells in the column, then CTRL-H, and:

    Find What: Alt-0160

    Replace With: leave empty

    Then click on Replace All

    where Alt-0160 mean to hold down the Alt key and type 0160 on the numeric keypad. Alternatively, you can copy that space from one of the affected cells.

    Hope this helps.


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    Re: Trying to remove a space before a number in a cell

    Your text has a character 160 in first position. Try

    Formula: copy to clipboard
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    Better solution is proposed by Pete
    Last edited by Josť Augusto; 12-01-2018 at 11:08 AM. Reason: Add note

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