Excel CLEAN Function

This Excel Tutorial demonstrates how to use the Excel CLEAN Function in Excel to remove all non-printable characters, with formula examples.

CLEAN Function Description:

The CLEAN Function Removes all non-printable characters from a cell containing text.

Formula Examples:

clean function examples

Example Formula Result
1 =CLEAN(C5) text
2 =CLEAN(C6) text
3 =CLEAN(C7)
4 =CLEAN(C8)

Syntax and Arguments:

The Syntax for the CLEAN Formula is:

Function Arguments ( Inputs ):

text – A string of text.

Additional Notes

The CLEAN Function removes the first 32 nonprinting characters in the 7-bit ASCII code (values 0 through 31) from a string of text. <

CLEAN Examples in VBAYou can also use the CLEAN function in VBA. Type:
For the function arguments (text, etc.), you can either enter them directly into the function, or define variables to use instead.Return to the List of all Functions in ExcelHow to use the CLEAN Function in Excel:To use the AND Excel Worksheet Function, type the following into a cell:
After entering it in the cell, notice how the AND formula inputs appear below the cell:
clean formula syntax
You will need to enter these inputs into the function. The function inputs are covered in more detail in the next section. However, if you ever need more help with the function, after typing “=CLEAN(” into a cell, without leaving the cell, use the shortcut CTRL + A (A for Arguments) to open the “Insert Function Dialog Box” for detailed instructions:
how to use the clean function in excel


CLEAN Examples in VBA

You can also use the CLEAN function in VBA. Type:application.worksheetfunction.clean(text)

Executing the following VBA statements

will produce the following results

Vba clean function



For more information about the CLEAN Formula visit the Microsoft Website.