Thursday, February 27, 2014

Excel Formula : Convert a text to Number

Got a Excel file from other resource witch Column A is set as text. At the tail and start of number there are some spaces filled in, for example cell A1 is '  4 '.

My challenge is to convert whole column to numbers which can be used to do sum or other math calculation.


With some research, I constructed this formula for a new column :
=VALUE(TRIM(CLEAN(SUBSTITUTE(A1,CHAR(160)," "))))

it perfectly resolved this challenge as you can see from following screen shot.

Note: trim will not work with the only space cell. Thanks reply from Hari Krishna.

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