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Quickly Convert Text To Lower Case

Have you ever had data in a worksheet where all the text was all uppercase? Then you had to retype it all to get it into lowercase? No more!

Next time here's what you can do:

  1. Find a blank cell to the right of the cell containing the uppercase text and enter the formula =LOWER(origtext).
  2. Replace 'origtext' in the formula with the address of the cell that contains the original uppercase text i.e. =LOWER("A1"). Excel will instantly convert it to lowercase.
  3. Copy the formula down for each cell you want to convert.
  4. Select all of the cells containing the formulas and click Edit, Copy.
  5. Select all of the cells containing the original text and click Edit, Paste Special, Values, and OK.
  6. Go back and delete the cells containing the formulas.
You can also use the UPPER and PROPER worksheet functions to convert text.

NOTE: It's always a good idea to backup your data before making wholesale changes to it like this. Better safe than sorry.

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