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The Excel REPLACE function replaces part of a text string with a different text string.
This function is useful for inserting text and/or correcting misspellings in Excel.
The REPLACE function is an Excel text function.
=REPLACE(old_text, start_num, num_chars, new_text)
old_text = the original text string to be updated, can be a value or cell reference
start_num = the position of the character in old_text to begin replacing with the new_text string
num_chars = the number of characters in old_text to be replaced
new_text = the text string to replace characters in old_text with
The REPLACE function returns an updated text string, where a portion of the old_text has been updated with the new_text string.
In the example above the REPLACE function corrects the spelling of the misspelled first names in column C and returns the correct customer names in column K. In cell K6, the REPLACE function replaces the 4th character, “u”, with “i”.
=REPLACE(C6, 4, 1, “i”)
The result returned in cell K6 is “Claire Gute”