Excel/Replace text


Hi Tom,

Please, see if you can help me.

I need a function (can be a macro too, but i prefer function) that change some text to another.

I tryed to use REPLACE but it not work very well. I will use a example:

I want to change PRESS to PRESSAO.


The result is PRESSAOAO.

You understand my problem?

I need to make this substitution for many others words, but i use REPLACE(REPLACE(REPLACE(REPLACE..... and its fine.

I just need to solve this question. Thanks a lot!

Thiago Varella,

It sounds like you have a sentence that contains both PRESS and PRESSAO

such as

A8: first word PRESS and second word PRESSAO

so if you used your formula on that sentence it would return

first word PRESSAO and second word PRESSAOAO

I would change the formula to


so that would only change the first instance of PRESS since it is followed by a space.

if I had a sentence with only one of the words in it and I wanted to do nothing if the sentence contained PRESSAO, then I could do


so there are a couple of ideas that address separate situations.  

Hope there is something you can use there.

Tom Ogilvy  
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