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TRIM Function in Excel: Explained

In this article, you will learn how to use the TRIM formula in Excel.


What is the TRIM formula in Excel?

The TRIM function in Excel is used to remove extra spaces from a text string, leaving only a single space between words.


When is the TRIM function beneficial in Excel?

The TRIM formula can be useful when dealing with data that has been copied and pasted from other sources as you can remove extra characters from your data and make it easier to work with.

  1. Cleaning up data: The TRIM function can be used to remove leading, trailing, and extra spaces from data that has been copied or imported from other sources such as websites or spreadsheets. These sources often include extra spaces, tabs, or other characters that can make the data difficult to work with.
  2. Comparing text: Sometimes, text that appears to be identical may contain hidden spaces, causing errors when comparing or sorting. Using TRIM can eliminate these errors.
  3. Formatting: Extra spaces can cause formatting issues, especially when text is aligned or wrapped. TRIM can ensure that text is correctly formatted.
  4. Counting characters: If you need to count the number of characters in a cell, but there are extra spaces, the TRIM function can be used to remove them, making the character count accurate.


How to use the TRIM formula in Excel

1. Select the cell where you want to display the trimmed string.

2. Type the following formula into the cell: =TRIM(

3. The cell should now display the trimmed text string with no extra spaces.



where input is the text which you want to remove extra space from.

See below for how the formula is used:

How to use the TRIM function in Excel

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