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How to find and replace in Excel for special characters?

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    How to find and replace in Excel for special characters?

    I have a special character that I cannot figure out how to replace. It is a
    small square that was imported into Excel from an information system and
    appears all over my cells. How do I get rid of it using find and replace?

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    Valued Forum Contributor Richard Schollar's Avatar
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    Not sure you'll be able to do it using Find+Replace - it's a non-printing character. You could remove it by using worksheet function CLEAN ie:


    It might be a good idea to actually identify what type of NPC it is (most probably a carriage return or a tab or new line feed) by using the CODE function. You could then write a VBA routine to remove all such characters from your sheet.



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