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REGEXREPLACE: Google Sheets Formulae Explained

How do you use REGEXREPLACE in Google Sheets?

REGEXREPLACE is a function in Google Sheets that allows you to replace text in a cell using regular expressions. Regular expressions are a powerful way to specify patterns of text that you want to match. For example, you could use regular expressions to find all of the phone numbers in a text string, or all of the instances of a particular word.

To use REGEXREPLACE, you first need to know the regular expression that you want to use. There are a number of websites that can help you with this, such as RegExr.com. Once you have the regular expression, you can enter it into the function in Google Sheets. The function takes three arguments: the cell that you want to replace the text in, the text that you want to replace, and the regular expression.

For example, let's say that you have a text string that contains the word "cat" and you want to replace it with the word "dog". You would use the following regular expression:

"cat"

"dog"

REGEXREPLACE("cat","cat","dog")

The function would then replace all instances of "cat" with "dog" in the text string.

What is the syntax of REGEXREPLACE in Google Sheets?

REGEXREPLACE(text, regex, replacement) text: The text to be searched. regex: The regular expression to be used for the search. replacement: The replacement text.

What is an example of how to use REGEXREPLACE in Google Sheets?

REGEXREPLACE is a powerful function that can be used to replace text in a cell using a regular expression. The function takes three parameters: the text to be replaced, the regular expression, and the replacement text. The regular expression can be used to match text in a variety of ways, including matching specific characters, matching a range of characters, or matching a pattern. The replacement text can be used to replace the matched text with a new string, or it can be used to perform other operations on the matched text.

An example of how to use the REGEXREPLACE function in Google Sheets is to replace all occurrences of a specific character in a string with another character. The following formula will replace all instances of the letter "a" with the letter "b":

=REGEXREPLACE("Hello world!", "a", "b")

The result of this formula will be "Hello world!"

When should you not use REGEXREPLACE in Google Sheets?

REGEXREPLACE should not be used when the text being replaced is in multiple columns. In this instance, it is better to use the SUBSTITUTE function. Additionally, REGEXREPLACE should not be used when the text being replaced is in a row that is not the first row in the sheet. In this instance, it is better to use the REPLACE function.

What are some similar formulae to REGEXREPLACE in Google Sheets?

REGEXREPLACE is a formula used in Google Sheets to replace text in a string using a regular expression. Some similar formulae to REGEXREPLACE are:

- REGEXMATCH: Returns the position of the match or -1 if not found.

- REGEXFIND: Returns the first match of a regular expression or 0 if not found.

- REPLACE: Replaces all occurrences of a string with another string.

- SUBSTITUTE: Substitutes a given string for another string in a given string.

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