Replaces existing text with new text in a string.

Sample Usage

SUBSTITUTE("search for it","search for","Google")

SUBSTITUTE(A2,"new york","New York")

SUBSTITUTE("January 2, 2012",2,3,1)


SUBSTITUTE(text_to_search, search_for, replace_with, [occurrence_number])

  • text_to_search - The text within which to search and replace.

  • search_for - The string to search for within text_to_search.

    • search_for will match parts of words as well as whole words; therefore a search for "vent" will also replace text within "eventual".
  • replace_with - The string that will replace search_for.

  • occurrence_number - [ OPTIONAL ] - The instance of search_for within text_to_search to replace with replace_with. By default, all occurrences of search_for are replaced; however, if occurrence_number is specified, only the indicated instance of search_for is replaced.


  • SUBSTITUTE can be used to replace one or all instances of a string within text_to_search. It cannot be used to replace multiple, but not all instances within a single call.
  • This function returns text as the output. If a number is desired, try using the VALUE function in conjunction with this function.

See Also

TEXT: Converts a number into text according to a specified format.

REPLACE: Replaces part of a text string with a different text string.


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