In this article you will learn how to use the REPLACE function in Excel
The REPLACE function in Excel is used to replace a specified number of characters within a text string with a new text string. It is used when you need to make changes to a large amount of text, such as correcting spelling errors, changing names or addresses, or removing unwanted characters.
The REPLACE formula is a useful tool for manipulating text in Excel and can save time and effort when working with large amounts of data. Here are some common uses of the REPLACE function in Excel:
The syntax for the REPLACE function is as follows:
old_text: This is the original text string that you want to modify. It can be a cell reference or a text string entered directly into the formula.
start_num: This is the starting position of the text that you want to replace. It is the position of the first character you want to replace in the old_text. For example, if you want to replace the second character of a text string, start_num would be 2.
num_chars: This is the number of characters that you want to replace. For example, if you want to replace three characters, num_chars would be 3.
new_text: This is the new text string that you want to replace the old text with.
Note: The REPLACE function may not work for all languages. The REPLACE formula is supposed to be used for the languages that use the single-byte character set, such as English. Thus, it always counts each character, whichever the character is - single-byte or double-byte one, as 1, regardless of your language default setting.
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