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Cannot Trim blank spaces from a string


Hi, I have a string which have some empty spaces before the text. Using trim function (trim, trimleft) does not work, when I copy the data to excel or notpad they seem to be just a blank spaces. Any idea how can I remove them and make the data consistent. Just  as a side note the records of this column have different lenght.

Thanks Record_trim.png


Ok I have found the solution using the regex_replace function which I have picked up from MattD


I am still copnfused though  why trim funcion did not work as it seemed that all leading whitespaces are in front of the string.




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I tested with a non-breaking space as the first character and the TRIM function doesn't remove it. This is probably what is happening in your case so the RegEx approach is more 'generous' in the definition of whitespace.


Note, though, that the Alteryx TRIM function is fully specified as TRIM(x,y) where x=your field to be trimmed and y=the character you want to trim so if you knew the ASCII code for the character that wasn't getting trimmed, you could specify it as the y argument.




I had a same problem but find a solution.


Please use RegEx as tool as shown below. Select field from "Field to parse" and select Regular Expression as \s$ and keep

replacement text as blank. I am sure it will work if not share your screenshot with me.