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I'm using Google Sheets glued together (not be me) from multiple sources where some of the names are in all caps. In trying to clean web-ready content, I have good success with the PROPER() function except when it is a name with an apostrophe.

If the cell contains SMITTY'S running it through the PROPER() function returns Smitty'S and is ugly. Any clever ideas around this?

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  • wrap it into REGEXREPLACE()
    – user0
    Commented Jan 16, 2019 at 3:36
  • This question has been bumped by Community User 16 times. Commented Oct 24, 2023 at 3:25

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If your string to be converted is in A1, place in B2 a dummy alphabetic string which would never actually appear, and use

=SUBSTITUTE(PROPER(SUBSTITUTE(A1,"'",$B$2)),$B$2,"'")

If the dummy string ever appears in any string, simply change it.

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=REGEXREPLACE(PROPER(C15); "'S"; "'s")

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