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# Excel/How to remove space other than trim.

Question
Dear Tom,

I use this formula: =VLOOKUP((TRIM(Fittings!B7)),Price!\$D\$15:\$E\$24,2,FALSE)

Where, B7 = 40mm dia.

But when B = 40 mm dia (space between 40 and mm), the above formula don't work. Please help me with correct formula.

Nabam,

You are correct that Trim does not remove spaces between words - it leaves one space between each pair of words and removes all other spaces (beginning, end and multiple spaces between words).

SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(Fittings!B8," ",""),"dia"," dia")

might be what you are looking for. Below, I have placed it in your example formula removing the additional  unmatched paren as well.

=VLOOKUP(SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(Fittings!B8," ",""),"dia"," dia"),Price!\$D\$15:\$E\$24,2,FALSE)

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Regards,
Tom Ogilvy

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