How To Remove Space From Excel

Removing spaces from Excel can be a real time-saver, especially when working with large datasets. I’ve had my fair share of experiences with this, and I’ve learned a few tricks along the way that I’d like to share with you.

Using the TRIM Function

One of the simplest ways to remove extra spaces from cells in Excel is to use the TRIM function. This function is incredibly handy as it removes all leading, trailing, and excess internal spaces from the text in a cell.

To use the TRIM function, simply enter =TRIM(cell_reference) into a new cell, replacing cell_reference with the reference to the cell containing the text you want to clean up.

Find and Replace

Another method I often use is the Find and Replace feature in Excel. This is particularly useful when you want to remove spaces across a large range of cells or an entire column.

  1. Select the data range or column where you want to remove the spaces.
  2. Press Ctrl + H to open the Find and Replace window.
  3. In the “Find what” field, type a single space (hit the space bar once).
  4. Leave the “Replace with” field empty.
  5. Click on “Replace All” to remove all spaces.

Using Text to Columns

If you have data that is separated by spaces and you want to remove the spaces by splitting the data into separate columns, you can use the Text to Columns feature in Excel.

  1. Select the range of cells that contains the data you want to split.
  2. Go to the “Data” tab, then click on “Text to Columns” in the “Data Tools” group.
  3. Choose “Delimited” and click “Next”.
  4. Uncheck all delimiters and click “Finish”.


Removing spaces from Excel may seem like a minor task, but it can greatly improve the accuracy and consistency of your data. Whether you opt for the TRIM function, Find and Replace, or Text to Columns, knowing these techniques will undoubtedly make your Excel experience smoother and more efficient.