Remove or replace a specific character in a column

You want to remove a space or a specific character from your column like the sign # before some number.

2 expressions does the same job:
  • value.split("#").join("")
  • This splits the value at every space ("#") and joins them with no space ("")

  • replace(value, “#”, “”)
    this look for every # ("#") sign and replace it with no space ("")


  1. Hi, great Blog - do you know how I can remove or replace this html expression?

    a href="http://www.tweetdeck.com" rel="nofollow">TweetDeck</a

    I just need the "TweetDeck" information.


  2. I suppose that you column contains different url, so I will do that in 3 steps.

    1.Split your cell content based on > sign and in two columns (see this post for more details http://googlerefine.blogspot.com/2011/06/split-cell-content-into-multiple-column.html)

    2. Remove the column containing a href="http://www.tweetdeck.com" rel="nofollow"

    3. On the remaining column run the following expression: replace(value, “”, “”)

    2. run the following expression replace(value, “</a”, “”)