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Very similar to this question: How to find and replace the character "*" in Excel

But I need to leave formulas untouched. I've got about 50+ sheets that have two types of cells with "*"

Case 1 contents - the value of the cell might be: "*** 1.43"

Case 2 contents - the value of the cell might be: "=100*B3"

I would like to find and replace all the Case 1 asterisks with "" while ignoring the Case 2 cells that contain formulas using asterisks as a multiplier. Basically, change the static cells but don't alter cells with formulas.

Thanks!

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You can use the following routine if you have Excel 2013 or later. Place the code in the ThisWorkbook module. Run once; it will update appropriate cells across the entire workbook.

Sub SetStarsBlank()

    For Each ws In ThisWorkbook.Worksheets
        For Each c In ws.UsedRange
            If Not Application.WorksheetFunction.IsFormula(c) Then
                c.Value = Replace(c.Value, "*", "")
            End If
        Next
    Next

End Sub
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First, make a copy of your file, just in case something goes wrong.

Then create the following VBA subroutine:

Sub StillLearning1()

    For Each c In Range("A1:Z100")
        If Not c.HasFormula Then
            temp = WorksheetFunction.Substitute(c.Value, "*", "")
            If Left(temp, 1) = "=" Or Left(temp, 1) = "'" Then
                temp = "'" & temp
            End If
            c.Value = temp
        End If
    Next c

End Sub

See How do I add VBA in MS Office? for general information on how to use VBA in Excel and the other Microsoft Office applications.  StillLearning1 is just an arbitrary subroutine name; use whatever name you want.  Change A1:Z100 to the range in which you want the replacement to occur.  I hope the rest is somewhat self-explanatory:

  • For Each c ... Next c is a loop that gets executed 2600 times (for the sample range of A1:Z100; 26 columns × 100 rows) with c going to every cell in that range.
  • c.HasFormula is a Boolean that tells whether cell c contains a formula.  This is slightly more reliable than checking whether the first character is =, because a cell that contains '=== is a string (text) value, but it will look like ===, and so it will appear to begin with =.

    If a cell contains a formula; leave it alone.  If it doesn't contain a formula, do the substitution.

  • Check the result of the substitution to see whether it begins with = or '.  If it does, assigning it directly to the cell will result in Excel interpreting that first character in an undesirable way, so protect it by prepending a '.

Then run the subroutine.

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