# 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.

Syntax:

 =TRIM(text)

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:

 =TRIM(A2)

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

How TRIM function is different from CLEAN function

All of these might be confusing to understand. So, let's test this formula via running it on the example shown below. Here we have some values to test the CLEAN function in Excel.

Use the formula:

 =CLEAN(D3)

D3 : value in D3 cell. Using cell reference

Extra linespaces are removed from the value in D3 cell. Now remove characters from the value in D4 cell. Just copy the formula from E3 cell to other cells using Ctrl + D.

Characters between text removed using function.

Use with other functions like TRIM function:

Trim function in Excel removes extra spaces from the text and CLEAN function removes mentioned characters and line spaces.

Use the formula:

 = TRIM ( CLEAN ( D5 ) )

D3 : value in D3 cell. Using cell reference

Here there is a character between "M" and "20" which is removed by CLEAN function. Extra spaces in the beginning and ending of the text which is removed by TRIM function. Spaces (not line space) between characters remains as it is. For that you need to use SUBSTITUTE function

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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