TRIM function

This article describes the formula syntax and usage of the TRIMfunction in Microsoft Excel.

Description

Removes all spaces from text except for single spaces between words. Use TRIM on text that you have received from another application that may have irregular spacing.

Important   The TRIM function was designed to trim the 7-bit ASCII space character (value 32) from text. In the Unicode character set, there is an additional space character called the nonbreaking space character that has a decimal value of 160. This character is commonly used in Web pages as the HTML entity,  . By itself, the TRIM function does not remove this nonbreaking space character. For an example of how to trim both space characters from text, see Remove spaces and nonprinting characters from text.

Syntax

TRIM(text)

The TRIM function syntax has the following arguments:

  • Text    Required. The text from which you want spaces removed.

Example

Copy the example data in the following table, and paste it in cell A1 of a new Excel worksheet. For formulas to show results, select them, press F2, and then press Enter. If you need to, you can adjust the column widths to see all the data.

Formula

Description

Result

=TRIM(" First Quarter Earnings ")

Removes leading and trailing spaces from the text in the formula (First Quarter Earnings)

First Quarter Earnings

Applies To: Excel 2013, Excel 2007, Excel 2010, Excel Starter, Excel Online, Excel 2016 for Mac



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