How to Remove Parentheses in Excel (4 Easy Ways)

While dealing with data in MS Excel, there may be unnecessary parentheses within it. No doubt, we would like to learn some easy and fast techniques with which we can remove extra brackets. In this article, you will learn 4 easy methods to remove parentheses in excel with suitable examples and proper illustrations.


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4 Easy Ways to Remove Parentheses in Excel

Method 1: Use Find & Replace Command to Remove Parentheses in Excel

Let’s get introduced to our dataset first. I have placed some fruits and vegetables and their prices in my dataset. Look that there are numbers within parentheses with every item. The numbers denote the product codes where the parentheses are just redundancies.
Now we’ll remove the parentheses using the Find & Replace command.

Find & Replace Tool to Remove Parentheses in Excel

At first, we’ll remove the start parenthesis “(“.

Step 1:

Select the data range.

Press Ctrl+H on your keyboard then the Find & Replace dialog box will open up.

Type “(“ in the Find what bar and keep the Replace with bar empty.

Later, press Replace All.
The first parentheses are removed successfully.

Find & Replace Tool to Remove Parentheses in Excel

Now we’ll remove the end parentheses “)”.

Step 2:

Again type “)“ in the Find what bar and keep the Replace with bar empty.

Then press Replace All again.

Now you will see that all the parentheses are removed perfectly.

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Method 2: Insert SUBSTITUTE Function to Delete Parentheses in Excel

In this method, we’ll use the SUBSTITUTE function to remove parentheses in excel. The SUBSTITUTE function finds a text in a cell and replaces it with another text.
We’ll do the operation with two easy steps.
First, we’ll remove the start parentheses in Column Output1. And then end parentheses in Column Output2. Let’s see 👇

Step 1:

Activate Cell D5.

Type the formula given below:

=SUBSTITUTE(B5,"(","")

Then just hit the Enter.
 Drag the Fill Handle icon to copy the formula for the cells below.

SUBSTITUTE Function to Delete Parentheses in Excel

Soon after, you will spot that the start parentheses are gone.

SUBSTITUTE Function to Delete Parentheses in Excel

Now we’ll remove the end parentheses.

Step 2:

In Cell E5 write the formula-

=SUBSTITUTE(D5,")","")

Press the Enter button to get the result now.

Then drag the Fill Handle icon to copy the formula.

Now we see that all the parentheses are no more.

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Method 3: Combine LEFT And FIND Functions to Erase Parentheses with Text in Excel

Here, we’ll combine two functions to remove parentheses in excel. They are the LEFT function and the FIND function. The LEFT function returns the first character or characters in a text string from the left based on the number of characters you specify. The FIND function is used to find the position of a substring in a string.

Now, let’s see the steps one by one.

Step 1:

Write the given formula in Cell D5:

=LEFT(B5,FIND("(",B5,1)-1)

Now click the Enter button to get the output.

LEFT And FIND Functions to Erase Parentheses with Text in Excel

Step 2:

Finally, just drag the Fill Handle icon to copy the formula.

👇 Formula Breakdown:

FIND(“(“,B5,1)

The FIND function will find the position number of start parentheses starting from first position that returns-

{7}

LEFT(B5,FIND(“(“,B5,1)-1)

Then the LEFT function will keep only 6 letters starting from the left, that’s why 1 is subtracted from the output of the FIND function. Finally, it will return as-

{Carrot}

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Method 4: Embed VBA Macros to Remove Parentheses in Excel

If you like to work with codes in Excel, then you can do it with the Visual basic Application or, VBA. Here, we’ll remove all the parentheses using VBA codes.

Step 1:

Right-click on the sheet title.

Then select View Code from the context menu.

A VBA window will open up.

VBA to Remove Parentheses in Excel

Step 2:

Write the codes given below-

Option Explicit
Sub DelParentheses()
Cells.Select
Selection.Replace What:="(", Replacement:="", LookAt:=xlPart, _
SearchOrder:=xlByRows, MatchCase:=False, SearchFormat:=False, _
ReplaceFormat:=False
Selection.Replace What:=")", Replacement:="", LookAt:=xlPart, _
SearchOrder:=xlByRows, MatchCase:=False, SearchFormat:=False, _
ReplaceFormat:=False
End Sub

Then just press the Run icon to run the codes.

A Macro dialog box will open up.

VBA to Remove Parentheses in Excel

 

Step 3:

Press Run.

Now take a look that all the parentheses are deleted.

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Conclusion

I hope all of the methods described above will be good enough to remove parentheses in excel. Feel free to ask any questions in the comment section and please give me your feedback. Visit our website Exceldemy.com to explore more.


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Hello! I am Md. Sourov Hossain Mithun. Welcome to my profile. Currently, I am working at Exceldemy as an Excel and VBA Content Developer. Excel is amazing software. Here I will post excel related useful articles. I am a graduate of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology. I love to learn new things and work with them. Thank you.

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