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Convert Caps to Proper Case in Google Sheets: A Guide

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Jason Gong
App automation expert
Apps used
Google Sheets
LAST UPDATED
April 15, 2024
TL;DR

Use the PROPER function in Google Sheets to convert text from all caps to proper case by typing =PROPER(A1) into a new cell. For entire columns, use =ArrayFormula(PROPER(A2:A)).

Explore other methods like Google Docs for more control or add-ons for large datasets.

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Converting text from all caps to a proper case in Google Sheets can be achieved through various methods, including built-in functions, add-ons, and even utilizing Google Docs as an intermediary step. This guide will walk you through the different ways to accomplish this task efficiently.

Google Sheets Convert All Caps to Normal

To convert text from all caps to normal or proper case directly in Google Sheets, you can use the PROPER function. This function capitalizes the first letter of each word in a given text string, making it useful for adjusting the case of titles or names. Here’s how to use it:

  • Type =PROPER(A1) into a new cell, where A1 is the cell containing the text you want to convert.
  • Press Enter, and the text will be converted to proper case.
  • To apply this to multiple cells, drag the fill handle (a small square at the bottom-right corner of the cell) down or across to fill other cells with the PROPER function.
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Google Sheets Proper Case

For a broader application, such as converting an entire column to proper case, use the ArrayFormula with the PROPER function:

  • Enter =ArrayFormula(PROPER(A2:A)) in a new column next to your data.
  • This formula will automatically convert all text in column A (from A2 to the end of the column) to proper case.

To replace the original data with the converted text, copy the converted column, then paste it over the original data using Paste special > Paste values only.

Google Sheets Capitalize First Letter

If you need to capitalize only the first letter of each sentence (sentence case) and not every word, Google Sheets doesn’t offer a direct function. However, you can achieve this by combining several functions:

  • Use a formula like =CONCATENATE(UPPER(LEFT(A1, 1)), LOWER(MID(A1, 2, LEN(A1)))) to capitalize the first letter of the first word and convert the rest to lowercase.
  • This method is useful for sentences but requires manual adjustment for proper nouns or acronyms.

Using Google Docs for Text Conversion

For datasets that don't work well with formulas or when you need more control over the conversion, you can use Google Docs:

  • Copy the text from Google Sheets and paste it into a new Google Docs document.
  • Select the pasted text, then go to Format > Text > Capitalization and choose the desired case (lowercase, UPPERCASE, or Title Case).
  • Copy the converted text from Google Docs and paste it back into Google Sheets.

This method provides additional options for text case conversion not directly available in Google Sheets.

Google Sheets Add-ons for Case Conversion

For a more streamlined solution, consider using add-ons like Power Tools. These add-ons offer a variety of text manipulation tools, including case conversion, without the need for formulas:

  • Install the Power Tools add-on from the Google Workspace Marketplace.
  • Select the text you want to convert, open the add-on, and choose the desired case conversion option.
  • This method is particularly useful for large datasets or frequent case conversion tasks.

Regardless of the method you choose, converting text case in Google Sheets can be done efficiently with the right tools and functions. Whether you prefer using built-in functions, Google Docs, or add-ons, there's a solution that fits your needs.

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Automate Google Sheets with Bardeen for Efficiency

Converting text from all caps to proper case in Google Sheets can streamline the presentation of your data and make it more readable. While Google Sheets offers built-in functions for this task, automating the process with Bardeen can save you time, especially when dealing with large datasets or when you need to perform this action frequently.

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