I have an Excel file having keys and values. The values contain **.

How can I remove these asterisks when for them Find and Replace does not work?

I am using Excel 2010.


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Asterisk * is often a wildcard. To find a literal * it is necessary to escape the character, for Excel you use ~.

For example, to search for *, you would use ~*.

Same as if you were searching for ?, you would use ~?.

So to answer your question and search for **, you would use ~*~*.

From: Find or replace text and numbers on a worksheet

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    – random
    Dec 6, 2013 at 16:53

Try replacing ~*~*. Single * characters are interpreted as wildcards, as are ? characters. The ~ before it 'escapes' these special characters.


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