funny squares in excel

msincome

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I have converted a data base to excel and in a lot of the text in the address column are small boxes. I guess these are from dashes or unknown characters in the text. Is there any way to get rid of them other than doing it manually.



Quentin
 

Sandeep Warrier

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I have converted a data base to excel and in a lot of the text in the address column are small boxes. I guess these are from dashes or unknown characters in the text. Is there any way to get rid of them other than doing it manually.



Quentin
I think the squares denote a carriage return (alt+enter)
Copy one of the squares. Select your entire range. Press Ctrl+H. In the Find What section paste the square that you copied. In the Replace with section put in the character you want to replace the squares with (usually a space) and click on Replace All
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pgc01

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Hi

Before erasing those characters format the cell with Wrap Text. They may be there to format the text.
 

msincome

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Sandeep had it right. It was for carriage return.

One other question I have noticed a lot of duplicates records so whats the best way to clean them out.

Quentin
 

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