March 1, 2024

How to use the Excel TRIM function

Trim function in excel as the name suggests itself it trims some part of any string, why string because it is a text function, the function of this formula is that it removes any space in a given string but it does not remove if there is a single space is present between two words but any other unwanted spaces are removed.

Syntax: =TRIM(text)

The TRIM function syntax has the following arguments:

  • Here, ‘text’ is the text string from which you want to remove the extra spaces. This could either be entered manually (within double quotes) or can be a cell reference that contains the text string. For example, if you want to remove extra spaces from the text in cell A1, then you can use the formula =TRIM(A1)

Example: Let’s look at some Excel TRIM function examples and explore how to use the TRIM function as a worksheet function in Microsoft Excel:

Excel TRIM Function - How to use the Excel TRIM function

Syntax:  =TRIM(A2)


Excel TRIM Function 1 - How to use the Excel TRIM function

Based on the Excel spreadsheet above, the following TRIM examples would return:

Syntax: =TRIM(A3)
Result: trim function in excel

Syntax: =TRIM(A4)
Result: So

Syntax: =TRIM(A5)
Result: trim in excel

Syntax: =TRIM(A6)
Result: So Phuc

Syntax: =TRIM(A7)
Result: trim function excel

Syntax: =TRIM(A8)
Result: excel vba trim

Syntax: =TRIM(A9)
Result: trim excel


  • TRIM strips extra spaces from text, leaving only single spaces between words and no space characters at the start or end of the text.
  • TRIM is useful when cleaning up text that has come from other applications or environments.
  • TRIM only removes the ASCII space character (32) from text.
  • Unicode text often contains a non-breaking space character (160) that appears in web pages as an HTML entity. This will not be removed with TRIM.
  • The CLEAN function strips the first 32 non-printing characters (ASCII values 0 through 31) from text.
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