What does it do?

Removes unneeded spaces in your text, except single spaces in between words

Formula breakdown:

=TRIM(text)

What it means:

=TRIM(text that you want extra spaces to be removed)


In the quest for cleaner data, one of the common scenarios is removing extra spaces in our text.

Extra spaces are very difficult to spot, especially those at the end. The TRIM formula in Excel is one of the Data Cleansing functions and is great if you want to remove extra spaces from text whether it be from the start, middle or at the end of the text.

In a nutshell, the TRIM function in Excel removes unneeded spaces in your text, except single spaces between words.

This is how it is done below (go to the bottom of the page if you want to see the animated gif tutorial):

 

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STEP 1: We need to enter the Trim function

=TRIM

STEP 2: The Trim argument – Which text do we want to remove the extra spaces?

This is our data source:

Trim 01

Now place in the first cell as the argument for our Trim Formula.

=TRIM(C9)

 

Trim 02

STEP 3: Do the same for the rest of the cells by using the TRIM formula, notice all of the extra spaces have been removed:

Trim 03

Trim

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