MS Excel: REPLACE Function (WS)
In Microsoft Excel, the REPLACE function replaces a sequence of characters in a string with another set of characters. Please note that the VBA version of the REPLACE function has different syntax.
The syntax for the REPLACE function is:
REPLACE( old_text, start, number_of_chars, new_text )
old_text is the original string value.
start is the position in old_text to begin replacing characters.
number_of_chars is the number of characters to replace in old_text.
new_text is the replacement set of characters
- Excel 2013, Excel 2011 for Mac, Excel 2010, Excel 2007, Excel 2003, Excel XP, Excel 2000
Type of Function
- Worksheet function (WS)
Worksheet Function Example
Let's take a look at an example to see how you would use the REPLACE function in a worksheet:
Based on the Excel spreadsheet above, the REPLACE function would return the following:
|=REPLACE(A1, 1, 5, "Beta")||would return "Betabet Soup"|
|=REPLACE(A2, 5, 2, "1234")||would return "tech1234thenet.com"|
|=REPLACE("apples", 2, 5, "te")||would return "ate"|