How to Use SUBSTITUTE in Google Sheets in 2020?

SUBSTITUTEReplaces 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.