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MS Excel: CLEAN Function (WS)

This Excel tutorial explains how to use the Excel CLEAN function with syntax and examples.


The Microsoft Excel CLEAN function removes all nonprintable characters from a string.


The syntax for the CLEAN function in Microsoft Excel is:

CLEAN( text )

Parameters or Arguments

The value that has all nonprintable characters removed from.

Applies To

The CLEAN function can be used in the following versions of Microsoft Excel:

  • Excel 2013, Excel 2011 for Mac, Excel 2010, Excel 2007, Excel 2003, Excel XP, Excel 2000

Type of Excel Function

The CLEAN function can be used in Microsoft Excel as the following type of function:

  • Worksheet function (WS)

Example (as Worksheet Function)

Let's look at some Excel CLEAN function examples and explore how to use the CLEAN function as a worksheet function in Microsoft Excel:

Microsoft Excel

Based on the Excel spreadsheet above, the following CLEAN examples would return:

Result: "hi there"

Result: "this is a test"