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qsmith83
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How to remove characters from string

How do I remove special characters from a text in a column? Can I do it by using 'Replace values' or do I have to create a custom column? I tried using replace values [""] with blank but that didn't work. 

Appreciate any help

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PhilipTreacy
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Hi @qsmith83 

 

If you want to remove [""] then you need to treat these as different characters if they appear in a string as shown in your image.

 

So do Replace values 3 times, once for each character.

 

Regards

 

Phil



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Great.....Just a single statement is needed. No need to do replacement 3 times. In below, replace Source with your previous step and Data with your column name.

= Table.ReplaceValue(Source,each [Data],each Text.Remove([Data],{"[","]",""""}),Replacer.ReplaceValue,{"Data"})

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Vijay_A_Verma
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What is the result expected from the replacement which you want to make? Do you want to replace only quotes, brackets or also comma and -?

PhilipTreacy
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Hi @qsmith83 

 

If you want to remove [""] then you need to treat these as different characters if they appear in a string as shown in your image.

 

So do Replace values 3 times, once for each character.

 

Regards

 

Phil



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@PhilipTreacy perfect, that worked. Many thanks.

@Vijay_A_Verma - issue fixed

Great.....Just a single statement is needed. No need to do replacement 3 times. In below, replace Source with your previous step and Data with your column name.

= Table.ReplaceValue(Source,each [Data],each Text.Remove([Data],{"[","]",""""}),Replacer.ReplaceValue,{"Data"})

@Vijay_A_Verma even better, thanks for that. Appreciate it:)

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