To Replace Cell Content

At times, you may discover that you’ve repeatedly made a mistake throughout your workbook (such as misspelling someone’s name) or that you need to exchange a particular word or phrase for another. You can use Excel’s Find and Replace feature to make quick revisions. In our example, we’ll use Find and Replace to correct a list of department names.

  1. From the Home tab, click the Find and Select command, then select Replace from the drop-down menu.
  • The Find and Replace dialog box will appear. Type the text you want to find in the Find what: field.
  • Type the text you want to replace it with in the Replace with: field, then click Find Next.
  • If the content is found, the cell containing that content will be selected.
  • Review the text to make sure you want to replace it.
  • If you want to replace it, select one of the replace optionsChoosing Replace will replace individual instances, while Replace All will replace every instance of the text throughout the workbook. In our example, we’ll choose this option to save time.
  • A dialog box will appear, confirming the number of replacements made. Click OK to continue.
  • The selected cell content will be replaced.
  • When you are finished, click Close to exit the Find and Replace dialog box.

Generally, it’s best to avoid using Replace All because it doesn’t give you the option of skipping anything you don’t want to change. You should only use this option if you’re absolutely sure it won’t replace anything you didn’t intend it to.

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