How To Remove Parentheses In Excel

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Hey there, Excel enthusiasts! Today, I want to share with you a nifty trick that I’ve found incredibly useful in my own spreadsheet adventures – removing parentheses in Excel. Dealing with data in parentheses can be a bit of a hassle, but fear not, as I’m here to guide you through the process.

Using Find and Replace:

The first method I often use is the Find and Replace feature in Excel. It’s simple and effective. Here’s how I go about it:

  1. First, I select the range of cells where I want to remove the parentheses.
  2. Then, I press Ctrl + H to bring up the Find and Replace dialog box.
  3. In the “Find what” field, I type ( and leave the “Replace with” field empty.
  4. After that, I just click on “Replace All” and voila! The parentheses are gone.

Using a Formula:

If I want to keep the original data intact and just remove the parentheses in a separate column, I resort to using a formula. Here’s the formula that does the trick:

=SUBSTITUTE(A2, "(", "")

In this example, I assume the data is in cell A2. The SUBSTITUTE function replaces the open parenthesis with an empty string, effectively removing it.

Using Flash Fill:

For those of you using Excel 2013 or later versions, there’s a handy feature called Flash Fill, which can help remove parentheses without the need for formulas or manual find and replace. To use Flash Fill:

  1. I start by typing the corrected version of the data in an adjacent column.
  2. Then, I press Ctrl + E and Excel automatically fills in the values for the entire column based on my example.


And there you have it! Removing parentheses in Excel doesn’t have to be a tedious task. Whether you prefer the Find and Replace method, using a formula, or leveraging the power of Flash Fill, there are multiple ways to achieve the same result. So, the next time you find yourself buried in parentheses, remember these techniques and breeze through the process with ease.