Two Spaces

There are two types of spaces in Excel. The normal space and one that is called a non-breaking space, often found on websites.

When using some of Excel’s features Excel doesn’t recognise the other type of space. You can use the following formula to convert all non-breaking spaces in a cell to the normal space. Assume the text is cell A1.

=SUBSTITUTE(A1,CHAR(160),CHAR(32))

The CHAR function allows you to refer to ASCII characters by their number. 160 is the non-breaking space, 32 is the normal space.

This blog post discusses the CHAR function in more detail.

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