TRIM function: Description, Usage, Syntax, Examples and Explanation

What is TRIM function in Excel?

TRIM function is one of TEXT functions in Microsoft Office Excel that 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.

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Syntax of TRIM function


The TRIM function syntax has the following arguments:

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

Example of TRIM function

Steps to follow:

1. Open a new Excel worksheet.

2. Copy data in the following table below and paste it in cell A1

Note: For formulas to show results, select them, press F2 key on your keyboard and then press Enter.

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You can adjust the column widths to see all the data, if need be.

Formula Description Result
=TRIM(” First Quarter Earnings “) Removes leading and trailing spaces from the text in the formula (First Quarter Earnings) First Quarter Earnings

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