Trimming all spaces

BradJoseph ✭✭
edited 05/28/22 in Formulas and Functions


I am trying to apply a formula so that when meta data is input it is automatically trimmed to have zero spaces, which I know how to do in excel but does not seem to work in smartsheet.

So, I have a column where we input license plates, but people always add spaces making sorting the column a little annoying as duplicates won't sort properly if there are spaces in one and not in the other.

For example:

If someone inputs the license plate as 'ABC 123' with a space between ABC and 123, I want that space to automatically trim so the plate now reads 'ABC123'

The formula I tried comes out as circular. This is what I have tried:

=SUBSTITUTE([License Plate / Unit Number]1, " ", "")

Thanks if anyone is able to help

Best Answer

  • Andrée Starå
    Andrée Starå ✭✭✭✭✭✭
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    I noticed the error now. You're referencing the same cell that contains the formula, which won't work.

    You'll have to add a so-called helper column with the formula.

    Make sense?

    Would that work?

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