# How to Remove Parentheses from Phone Numbers in Excel

Consider the following dataset with some people and their phone numbers with parentheses. We’ll remove the parentheses.

## How to Remove Parentheses from Phone Numbers in Excel: 5 Ways

### Method 1 – Removing Parentheses from Phone Numbers by Using a Nested SUBSTITUTE Function

Steps:

• Make a new column for mobile numbers without parentheses and use the following formula in cell D5.
`=SUBSTITUTE(SUBSTITUTE(C5,"(",""),")","")`

The SUBSTITUTE function removes the parentheses in two steps. The nested SUBSTITUTE function removes the first parenthesis, and the other removes the second parenthesis.

• Hit the Enter button.

• Use the Fill Handle to AutoFill down.

### Method 2 – Using Excel MID and RIGHT Functions to Remove Parentheses from Phone Numbers

Steps:

• Make a new column for the parentheses-free mobile numbers and use the following formula in cell D5.
`=MID(C5,2,3)&RIGHT(C5,9)`

The MID function returns the characters from the 2nd to 4th position of the mobile number in cell C5 and the RIGHT function returns 9 characters from the right side of the mobile number as mobile numbers follow a pattern. The ampersand (&) joins these two strings of characters.

• Hit Enter.

• Use the Fill Handle to AutoFill down.

### Method 3 – Applying Combined Functions to Remove Parentheses from Phone Numbers

Steps:

• Make a new column for the parentheses-free mobile numbers and use the following formula in cell D5.
`=SUBSTITUTE(C5,C5,MID(C5,2,3)&RIGHT(C5, 9))`

Formula breakdown

We have nested MID and RIGHT functions in the SUBSTITUTE functions to remove parentheses from phone numbers.

• MID(C5,2,3) —-> returns numbers from 2nd to 4th position in cell C5.
• Output:212”.
• RIGHT(C5, 9) —-> returns 9 characters from the right side of the phone number in cell C5.
• Output: 222-3246”.
• MID(C5,2,3)&RIGHT(C5, 9) —-> reduced to
• Output:212 222-3246
• SUBSTITUTE(C5,C5,MID(C5,2,3)&RIGHT(C5, 9)) —-> becomes
• SUBSTITUTE(C5,C5,212 222-3246) —-> turns into
• Output:212 222-3246

We got the phone number 212 222-3246.

• Hit Enter.

• Use the Fill Handle to AutoFill down.

### Method 4 – Utilizing Combined Functions and the REPLACE Function to Remove Parentheses from Phone Numbers

Steps:

• Make a new column for the parentheses-free phone numbers and use the following formula in cell D5.
`=REPLACE(LEFT(C5,4),1,FIND((",C5),"")&REPLACE(RIGHT(C5,10),1,FIND(")",RIGHT(C5,10)),"")`

Formula Breakdown

We have nested LEFT, RIGHT and FIND functions in the REPLACE function to remove parentheses from the phone numbers in column C.

• LEFT(C5,4) —-> returns
• Output: “(212”
• FIND(“(“,C5) —-> returns
• Output: 1
• REPLACE(LEFT(C5,4),1,FIND(“(“,C5),””) —-> becomes
• REPLACE((212,1,1,””) —-> returns
• Output:212
• RIGHT(C5,10) —-> returns
• Output:) 222-3246
• FIND(“)”,RIGHT(C5,10)) —-> becomes
• FIND(“)”,) 222-3246) —-> returns
• Output: 1
• REPLACE(RIGHT(C5,10),1,FIND(“)”,RIGHT(C5,10)),””) —-> reduced to
• REPLACE() 222-3246,1,1,””) —-> returns
• Output: ” 222-3246″
• =REPLACE(LEFT(C5,4),1,FIND(“(“,C5),””)&REPLACE(RIGHT(C5,10),1,FIND(“)”,RIGHT(C5,10)),””) —-> becomes
• =212& 222-3246—-> returns
• Output: 212 222-3246

We get the mobile number without parentheses.

• Press the Enter key to see the output in cell D5.

• Use the Fill Handle to AutoFill down.

### Method 5 – Using the Replace Command from the Find & Select Feature

Steps:

• Select the range C5:C11, then go to Home, choose Find & Select, and pick Replace

• A dialog box will appear. Put an opening parenthesis “(“ in Find what.
• Keep the Replace with box empty.
• Click on Replace All.

• A message box will appear. Click OK and Close the dialog box.

You will see all the first parentheses gone from the phone numbers.

• Open the Replace command again and put a closing parenthesis “)” in the Find what section.
• Keep the Replace with section empty.
• Click on Replace All and click on OK in the message box.
• Close the window.

You will now see all the phone numbers without any parentheses.

## Practice Section

The download file contains the dataset we have worked on to explain the methods to remove parentheses from phone numbers. You can practice these methods on your own.

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