How to Use TRIM function in Excel

In this article, we will learn about how to use the TRIM function in Excel to remove all spaces and non-breaking spaces.

What is the TRIM function and why would we need to use this function ?

When we need to perform any operation on a cell, we need  to be sure that no extra space interferes. For Example leading spaces or trailing spaces. So this function removes the leading and trailing spaces. So that all values come in the same order.

TRIM function is a TEXT function in Excel used to remove all extra spaces from the text string except for single space between words.



text : text value in quotes or cell reference

Example :

All of these might be confusing to understand. Let's understand how to use the function using an example. Here we have some values to test the function.

Use the formula:


As you can all the Leading and trailing spaces are removed with single space from the Text.

Here are all the observational notes using the TRIM function in Excel
Notes :

  1. Text value can be a number or text or mixed.
  2. The function returns #NAME? Error when text is provided without quotes.
  3. Use cell reference (preferable) to input a text value.

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