4 ways for changing case in Excel

In this article I'd like to tell you about different ways to change Excel uppercase to lowercase or proper case. You'll learn how to perform these tasks with the help of Excel lower/upper functions, VBA macros, Microsoft Word, and an easy-to-use add-in by Ablebits.

The problem is that Excel doesn't have a special option for changing text case in worksheets. I don't know why Microsoft provided Word with such a powerful feature and didn't add it to Excel. It would really make spreadsheets tasks easier for many users. But you shouldn't rush into retyping all text data in your table. Fortunately, there are some good tricks to convert the text values in cells to uppercase, proper or lowercase. Let me share them with you.

Excel functions for changing text case

Microsoft Excel has three special functions that you can use to change the case of text. They are UPPER, LOWER and PROPER. The upper() function allows you to convert all lowercase letters in a text string to uppercase. The lower() function helps to exclude capital letters from text. The proper() function makes the first letter of each word capitalized and leaves the other letters lowercase (Proper Case).

All three of these options work on the same principle, so I'll show you how to use one of them. Let's take the Excel uppercase function as an example.

Enter an Excel formula

  1. Insert a new (helper) column next to the one that contains the text you want to convert.
    Insert a new column to enter formulas in the adjacent blank cells.

    Note: This step is optional. If your table is not large, you can just use any adjacent blank column.

  2. Enter the equal sign (=) and function name (UPPER) in the adjacent cell of the new column (B3).
  3. Type in the appropriate cell reference in the parentheses (C3) after the function name.

    Your formula should look like this =UPPER(C3), where C3 is the cell in the original column that has the text for conversion. Enter the equal sign, function name and cell reference to apply the formula to the adjacent cell.

  4. Click Enter. Click Enter to see the converted text value.

    As you can see in the screenshot above, cell B3 contains the uppercase version of the text from cell C3.

Copy a formula down a column

Now you need to copy the formula to other cells in the helper column.

  1. Select the cell that includes the formula.
  2. Move your mouse cursor to the small square (fill handle) in the lower-right corner of the selected cell until you see a small cross. Select the cell and drag the fill handle down to copy the formula.
  3. Hold the mouse button and drag the formula down over the cells where you want it to apply.
  4. Release the mouse button. Release the mouse button to fill the column with the text in uppercase.

    Note: If you need to fill the new column down to the end of the table, you can skip steps 5-7 and just double-click on the fill handle.

Remove a helper column

So you have two columns with the same text data, but in different case. I suppose you'd like to leave only the correct one. Let's copy the values from the helper column and then get rid of it.

  1. Highlight the cells that contain the formula and press Ctrl + C to copy them. Press Ctrl + C to copy the values from the selected cells.
  2. Right-click on the first cell in the original column.
  3. Click on the Values icon under Paste Options in the context menu.  Choose Values from the Paste Options in the context menu to insert the text without the formula.

    Since you need only the text values, pick this option to avoid formula errors later.

  4. Right-click the selected helper column and choose the Delete option from the menu.
  5. Pick Entire column in the Delete dialog box and click OK. Select the helper column and choose the Delete option from the right-click menu to remove the column.

Here you are! Delete the helper column to get the table with the converted text case.

This theory might look very complicated to you. Take it easy and try to go through all these steps yourself. You'll see that changing case with the use of Excel functions is not difficult at all.

Use Microsoft Word to change case in Excel

If you don't want to mess with formulas in Excel, you can use a special command for changing text case in Word. Feel free to discover how this method works.

  1. Select the range where you want to change case in Excel.
  2. Press Ctrl + C or right-click on the selection and choose the Copy option from the context menu. Click Copy or press Ctrl + C to copy the table from Excel to Word.
  3. Open a new Word document.
  4. Press Ctrl + V or right-click on the blank page and select the Paste option from the context menu  Click Paste or press Ctrl + V to paste the table in Word.

    Now you've got your Excel table in Word.

  5. Highlight the text in your table where you want to change the case.
  6. Move to the Font group on the HOME tab and click on the Change Case icon.
  7. Pick one of 5 case options from the drop-down list. Click on the Change Case icon to pick the case you want.

    Note: You can also select your text and press Shift + F3 until the style you want is applied. Using the keyboard shortcut you can choose only upper, lower or sentence case.

    Select the changed table or columns to copy back to Excel.

Now you have your table with the text case converted in Word. Just copy and paste it back to Excel.  Click Paste or press Ctrl + V to paste the changed table back in Excel.

Converting text case with a VBA macro

You can also use a VBA macro for changing case in Excel. Don't worry if your knowledge of VBA leaves much to be desired. A while ago I didn't know much about it as well, but now I can share three simple macros that make Excel convert text to uppercase, proper or lowercase.

I won't labor the point and tell you how to insert and run VBA code in Excel because it was well described in one of our previous blog posts. I just want to show the macros that you can copy and paste into the code Module.

If you want to convert text to uppercase, you can use the following Excel VBA macro:

Sub Uppercase() For Each Cell In Selection If Not Cell.HasFormula Then Cell.Value = UCase(Cell.Value) End If Next Cell End Sub

To apply Excel lowercase to your data, insert the code shown below into the Module window.

Sub Lowercase() For Each Cell In Selection If Not Cell.HasFormula Then Cell.Value = LCase(Cell.Value) End If Next Cell End Sub

Pick the following macro if you want to convert your text values to proper / title case.

Sub Propercase() For Each Cell In Selection If Not Cell.HasFormula Then Cell.Value = _ Application _ .WorksheetFunction _ .Proper(Cell.Value) End If Next Cell End Sub

Quickly change case with the Cell Cleaner add-in

Looking at the three methods described above you might still think that there is no easy way to change case in Excel. Let's see what the Cell Cleaner add-in can do to solve the problem. Probably, you'll change your mind afterwards and this method will work best for you.

  1. Download the add-in and install it on your computer.

    After the installation the new Ablebits Data tab appears in Excel.

  2. Select the cells where you want to change the text case.
  3. Click on the Change Case icon in the Clean group on the Ablebits Data tab.  Click on the Change Case icon in the Clean group on the Ablebits Data tab to display the Change case section.

    The Change case pane displays to the left of your worksheet.

  4. Select the case you need from the list.
  5. Press the Change case button to see the result. Select the necessary radio button to change the case of text in your Excel table.

    Note: If you want to keep the original version of your table, check the Back up worksheet box.

     Press the Change case button to convert the text to uppercase in Excel.

With Cell Cleaner for Excel the changing case routine seems to be much easier, doesn't it?

Besides changing text case Cell Cleaner can help you to convert numbers in the text format to the number format, delete unwanted characters and excess spaces in your Excel table. Download the free 30-day trial version and check out how useful the add-in can be for you.

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I hope now that you know nice tricks for changing case in Excel this task will never be a problem. Excel functions, Microsoft Word, VBA macros or Ablebits add-in are always there for you. You have a little left to do - just choose the tool that will work best for you.

162 comments

  1. Thanks for this! Very simple and well detailed.

  2. Thanks usefully post

  3. It is unthinkably silly that Microsoft KNOWS how to do this quickly and easily, but they make it easy in Word, and uselessly complex in Excel.

    The problem with the Word conversion is it screws up the formatting. It creates thick dark border lines.
    Yet another step in the convoluted process - to fix. When Microsoft knows how to do it in one click / shortcut key.

  4. This is useful but silly of Excel to not have 'case' button. All of this is advanced an unnecessary if they just put a simple button.

  5. how to change Mcdormet to McDormet

  6. Oh wow! Ablebits Data is so helpful - thank you!!

  7. Thanks for the useful article.

  8. thanks

  9. very useful thanks

  10. Thanks
    Very easy to understand.

  11. Thanks so much.

  12. Really helpful and very easy to understand

  13. How do I convert the yellow Tail Shiraz 12X75CL to 12? So that in a Case we can understand 12 Bottles in it.
    Please help.

  14. Thanks, its really helpful to me.

  15. thanks

  16. Thanks for your helpful explanation

  17. Thank You for this educative info.
    When I add BOLD and RED and UNDERLINE etc, format to a column, whatever I type in the cells will take on that format. I was looking for the same for uppercase, without having to do it "manually". I type fred and I see FRED in the cell. Any ideas?

  18. thanks. i have learnt a lot today. you are a good teacher

  19. Useful. Thanks

  20. Thank you very much helpfully

  21. Thanks Soo much, extremely helpful

  22. Thanks a lot.. Great tool ..

  23. THANK YOU VERY MUCH! This really saved me a lot of time..

  24. Right.... PROPER function made my day... Saved lot of my time.
    Thanks a lot

  25. This is amazing and very helpful. I wonder too why Excel does not have the functionality MS gave Word. Thanks for saving many of us a time trying to figure things out on our own

  26. Super

  27. Thank you for the infacting knowledge.

  28. Upper case Formula works Perfect.
    Do you have any Formula to add Time with different cells and rows ?

  29. thanks for this please i will like to be more expert in Excel how can i be upgrading myself

  30. THANK U VERY MUCH

  31. Thanks for your post & simple explanations.

  32. Most helpful post...thanks

  33. Thanks a lot for the helpful post!

  34. Your blog is Not useful, its not that much complex, you just need to select a cell and press shift+f3

    • Hello!

      The Shift+F3 shortcut changes text case in Word. In Excel, it opens the Insert Function dialog box.

    • Ouch she's right, slaughtered you.

  35. Never knew about the PROPER function .. thanks

  36. Capitalize first letters awesome..........:)

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