CONCATENATE in Excel: combine text strings, cells and columns

In this tutorial, you will learn various ways to concatenate text strings, cells, ranges, columns and rows in Excel using the CONCATENATE function and "&" operator.

In your Excel workbooks, the data is not always structured according to your needs. Often you may want to split the content of one cell into individual cells, or do the opposite - combine data from two or more columns into a single column. Common examples that require concatenation in Excel are joining names and address parts, combining text with a formula-driven value, displaying dates and times in the desired format, to name a few.

In this tutorial, we are going to explore various techniques of Excel string concatenation so that you can choose the method best suited for your worksheets.

What is "concatenate" in Excel?

In essence, there are two ways to combine data in Excel spreadsheets:

  • Merge cells
  • Concatenate cells' values

When you merge cells, you "physically" merge two or more cells into a single cell. As a result, you have one larger cell that is displayed across multiple rows and/or columns in your worksheet.

When you concatenate cells in Excel, you combine only the contents of those cells. In other words, concatenation in Excel is the process of joining two or more values together. This method is often used to combine a few pieces of text that reside in different cells (technically, these are called text strings or simply strings) or insert a formula-calculated value in the middle of some text.

The following screenshot demonstrates the difference between these two methods:
Merge and concatenate in Excel

Merging cells in Excel is the subject of our next article, and in this tutorial we will tackle two essential ways to concatenate strings in Excel - by using the CONCATENATE function and the Excel & operator.

Excel CONCATENATE function

The CONCATENATE function in Excel is designed to join different pieces of text together or combine values from several cells into one cell.

The syntax of Excel CONCATENATE is as follows:

CONCATENATE(text1, [text2], …)

Where text is a text string, cell reference or formula-driven value.

Below you will find a few examples of using the CONCATENATE function in Excel.

Concatenating the values of several cells

The simplest CONCATENATE formula to combine the values of cells A1 and B1 is as follows:

=CONCATENATE(A1, B1)

Please note that the values will be knit together without any delimiter, as in row 2 in the screenshot below.

To separate the values with a space, enter " " in the second argument, as in row 3 in the screenshot below.

=CONCATENATE(A1, " ", B1)
CONCATENATE formula to combine the values of two cells

To separate the concatenated values with other delimiters such as a comma, space or slash, please see Excel CONCATENATE formulas with special characters.

Concatenating a text string and cell value

There is no reason for the Excel CONCATENATE function to be limited to only joining cells' values. You can also use it to concatenate various text strings to make the result more meaningful. For example:

=CONCATENATE(A1, " ", B1, " completed")

The above formula informs the user that a certain project is completed, as in row 2 in the screenshot below. Please notice that we add a space before the word " completed" to separate the concatenated text strings.

Naturally, you can add a text string in the beginning or in the middle of your Concatenate formula as well:

=CONCATENATE("See ", A1, " ", B1)

A space (" ") is added in between the combined values, so that the result displays as "Project 1" rather than "Project1".
Concatenating a text string and cell value

Concatenating a text string and a formula-calculated value

To make the result returned by some formula more understandable for your users, you can concatenate it with a text string that explains what the value actually is.

For example, you can use the following formula to return the current date:

=CONCATENATE("Today is ",TEXT(TODAY(), "dd-mmm-yy"))
Concatenating a text string and a formula-calculated value

Using CONCATENATE in Excel - things to remember

To ensure that your CONCATENATE formulas always deliver the correct results, remember the following simple rules:

  • Excel CONCATENATE function requires at least one "text" argument to work.
  • In a single CONCATENATE formula, you can concatenate up to 255 strings, a total of 8,192 characters.
  • The result of the CONCATENATE function is always a text string, even when all of the source values are numbers.
  • Excel CONCATENATE does not recognize arrays. Each cell reference must be listed separately. For example, you should write =CONCATENATE(A1, A2, A3) instead of =CONCATENATE(A1:A3).
  • If at least one of the CONCATENATE function's arguments is invalid, the formula returns a #VALUE! error.

"&" operator to concatenate strings in Excel

In Microsoft Excel, & operator is another way to concatenate cells. This method come in very handy in many scenarios because typing the ampersand sign (&) is much quicker than typing the word "concatenate" :)

Similarly to the CONCATENATE function, you can use "&" in Excel to combine different text strings, cell values and results returned by other functions.

Excel "&" formula examples

To see the concatenation operator in action, let's re-write the CONCATENATE formulas discussed above:

Concatenate the values in A1 and B1:
=A1&B1

Concatenate the values in A1 and B1 separated with a space:
=A1&" "&B1

Concatenate the values in A1, B1 and a text string:
=A1 & B1 & " completed"

Concatenate a string and the result of the TEXT / TODAY function:
="Today is " & TEXT(TODAY(), "dd-mmm-yy")

As demonstrated in the screenshot below, the CONCATENATE function and "&" operator return identical results:
Concatenate strings in Excel using the & operator

Excel "&" operator vs. CONCATENATE function

Many users wonder which is a more efficient way to concatenate strings in Excel - CONCATENATE function or "&" operator.

The only essential difference between CONCATENATE and "&" operator is the 255 strings limit of the Excel CONCATENATE function and no such limitations when using the ampersand. Other than that, there is no difference between these two concatenation methods, nor is there any speed difference between the CONCATENATE and "&" formulas.

And since 255 is a really big number and in real-life tasks someone will hardly ever need to combine that many strings, the difference boils down to the comfort and ease of use. Some users find CONCATENATE formulas easier to read, I personally prefer using the "&" method. So, simply stick to the concatenation technique that you feel more comfortable with.

Concatenate cells with a space, comma and other characters

In your worksheets, you may often need to join values in a way that includes commas, spaces, various punctuation marks or other characters such as a hyphen or slash. To do this, simply include the character you want in your concatenation formula. Remember to enclose that character in quotation marks, as demonstrated in the following examples.

Concatenating two cells with a space:

=CONCATENATE(A1, " ", B1) or =A1 & " " & B1

Concatenating two cells with a comma:

=CONCATENATE(A1, ", ", B1) or =A1 & ", " & B1

Concatenating two cells with a hyphen:

=CONCATENATE(A1, "-", B1) or =A1 & "-" & B1

The following screenshot demonstrates how the results may look like:
Concatenating cells with a space, comma and other characters

Concatenate text strings with line breaks

Most often, you would separate the concatenated text strings with punctuation marks and spaces, as shown in the previous example. In some cases, however, may need to separate the values with a line break, or carriage return. A common example is merging mailing addresses from data in separate columns.

A problem is that you cannot simply type a line break in the formula like a usual character, and therefore a special CHAR function is needed to supply the corresponding ASCII code to the concatenation formula:

  • On Windows, use CHAR(10) where 10 is the ASCII code for Line feed.
  • On the Mac system, use CHAR(13) where 13 is the ASCII code for Carriage return.

In this example, we have the address pieces in columns A through F, and we are putting them together in column G by using the concatenation operator "&". The merged values are separated with a comma (", "), space (" ") and a line break CHAR(10):

=A2 & " " & B2 & CHAR(10) & C2 & CHAR(10) & D2 & ", " & E2 & " " & F2

Concatenating cells with line breaks

Note. When using line breaks to separate the concatenated values, you must have the "Wrap text" option enabled for the result to display correctly. To do this, press Ctrl + 1 to open the Format Cells dialog, switch to the Alignment tab and check the Wrap text box.

In the same manner, you can separate concatenated strings with other characters such as:

  • Double quotes (") - CHAR(34)
  • Forward slash (/) - CHAR(47)
  • Asterisk (*) - CHAR (42)
  • The full list of ASCII codes is available

Though, an easier way to include printable characters in the concatenation formula is to simply type them in double quotes as we did in the previous example.

Either way, all four of the below formulas yield identical results:

=A1 & CHAR(47) & B1

=A1 & "/" & B1

=CONCATENATE(A1, CHAR(47), B1)

=CONCATENATE(A1, "/", B1)

Concatenating cells with special characters

How to concatenate columns in Excel

In order to concatenate two or more columns in Excel, you just enter a usual concatenation formula in the first cell, and then copy it down to other cells by dragging the fill handle (the small square that appears in the lower right hand corner of the selected cell).

For example, to concatenate two columns (column A and B) separating the values with a space, you enter the following formula in cell C2, and then copy it down to other cells. When you are dragging the fill handle to copy the formula, the mouse pointer changes to a cross, as shown in the screenshot below:

Concatenating two columns in Excel

Tip. A quick way to copy the formula down to other cells in the column is to select the cell with the formula and double-click the fill handle.

Please note that Microsoft Excel determines how far to copy cells after the fill handle double click based on the cells referred to by your formula. If there happen to be empty cells in your table, say cell A6 and B6 were blank in this example, the formula would be copied up to row 5 only. In this case, you would need to drag the fill handle down manually to concatenate the entire columns.

An alternative way to concatenate columns in Excel is to use the corresponding option of the Merge Cells add-in.

How to concatenate a range of cells in Excel

Combining values from multiple cells might take some effort because the Excel CONCATENATE function does not accept arrays and requires a single cell reference in each argument.

To concatenate several cells, say A1 to A4, you need either of the following formulas:

=CONCATENATE(A1, A2, A3, A4)
or

=A1 & A2 & A3 & A4

When joining a fairly small range, it's no big deal to enter all the references in the formula bar. A large range would be tedious to add, typing each cell reference manually. Below you will find 3 methods of quick range concatenation in Excel.

Method 1. Press CTRL to select multiple cells to be concatenated

To quickly select several cells, you can press the CTRL key and click on each cell you want to include in the CONCATENATE formula. Here are the detailed steps:

  • Select a cell where you want to enter the formula.
  • Type =CONCATENATE( in that cell or in the formula bar.
  • Press and hold Ctrl and click on each cell you want to concatenate.
  • Release the Ctrl button, type the closing parenthesis in the formula bar and press Enter.

To concatenate a range of cells, press CTRL to select multiple cells to be concatenated.

Note. When using this method you must click each individual cell. Selecting a range with the mouse would add an array to the formula, which the CONCATENATE function does not accept.

Method 2. Use the TRANSPOSE function to get the range

When you need to concatenate a huge range consisting of tens or hundreds of cells, the previous method is not fast enough because it requires clicking on each cell. In this case, a better way is to use the TRANSPOSE function to return an array, and then replace it with individual cell references in one fell swoop.

  • Select the cell where you want to output the concatenated range.
  • Enter the TRANSPOSE formula in that cell, =TRANSPOSE(A1:A10) in this example.
  • In the formula bar, press F9 to replace the formula with calculated values.
  • Delete the curly braces that turn a usual Excel formula into an array formula. As a result, you will have all the cells references to be included in your concatenation formula.

    Use the TRANSPOSE function to get the range

  • Type =CONCATENATE( in front of the cell references in the formula bar, type the closing parenthesis and press Enter.

    Use the CONCATENATE function to combine all of the values.

Note. Whichever method you use, the concatenated value in C1 is a text string (notice its left-alignment in the cell), although each of the original values is a number. This is because the CONCATENATE function always returns a text string regardless of the source data type.

Method 3. Use the Merge Cells add-in

A quick and formula-free way to concatenate any range in Excel is to use the Merge Cells add-in for Excel with the "Merge all areas in selection" option turned off, as demonstrated in Combine the values of several cells into one cell.

Concatenate numbers and dates in various formats

When you concatenate a text string with a number or date, you may want to format the result differently depending on your dataset. To do this, embed the TEXT function in your Excel concatenate formula.

The TEXT(value, format_text) function has two arguments:

  • In the first argument (value), you supply a number or date to be converted to text, or a reference to the cell containing a numeric value.
  • In the second argument (format_text), you enter the desired format using the codes that the TEXT function can understand.

We have already discussed one such formula in the beginning of this tutorial that concatenates text and date.

I will remind you that when combining a text string and date, you have to use the TEXT function to display the date in the desired format. For example:

=CONCATENATE("Today is ", TEXT(TODAY(), "mm/dd/yy"))

or

="Today is " & TEXT(TODAY(), "mm/dd/yy")

A few more formula examples that concatenate a text value and number follow below:

=A2 & " " & TEXT(B2, "$#,#0.00") - display the number with 2 decimal places and the $ sign.

=A2 & " " & TEXT(B2, "0.#") - does not display extra zeros and the $ sign.

=A2 & " " & TEXT(B2, "# ?/???") - display the number as a fraction.

Concatenating numbers and dates in various formats

How to split cells (opposite of CONCATENATE in Excel)

If you are looking for the opposite of CONCATENATE in Excel, i.e. you want to split one cell into several cells, a few options are available to you:

  • Text to Columns feature
  • Flash Fill option in Excel 2013 and 2016
  • Formulas (MID, RIGHT, LEFT functions)

You can find the detailed steps illustrated with formula examples and screenshots in the How to split cells in Excel tutorial.

Merge Cells add-in - formula-free way to concatenate cells in Excel

With the Merge Cells add-in for Excel, you can efficiently do both:

  • Merge several cells into one without losing data.
  • Concatenate the values of several cells into a single cell and separate them with any delimiter of your choosing.

The Merge Cells tool works with all Excel versions from 2003 to 2016 and can combine all data types including text strings, numbers, dates and special symbols. Its two key advantages are simplicity and speed - any concatenation is done in a couple of clicks. And now, let me show it to you in action.

Combine the values of several cells into one cell

To combine the contents of several cells, you select the range to concatenate and configure the following settings:

  • Cells into one under "What to merge";
  • Select the delimiter you want under "Separate values with", it's a comma and a space in this example;
  • Choose where you want to place the result, and most importantly
  • Uncheck the "Merge all areas in the selection" option. It is this option that determines whether the cells are merged or the cells' values are concatenated.

Combine the values of several cells into one cell with the Merge Cells add-in

Combine columns row-by-row

To concatenate two or more columns, you configure the Merge Cells' settings in a similar way, but choose Columns under "What to merge":

Concatenating columns row-by-row

Join rows column-by-column

To combine data in each individual row, column-by-column, you choose to merge Rows, select the delimiter you want (line break in this example), configure other settings the way you want and hit the Merge button. The result may look similar to this:
Concatenating rows column-by-column

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If someone wants to examine the formulas discussed in this tutorial more closely, the Sample workbook with concatenation formulas is available for download. Thank you for reading!

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221 Responses to "CONCATENATE in Excel: combine text strings, cells and columns"

  1. Mark T. says:

    How do i concatenate if I only want single quotes('') on the first set of numbers but nothing on the last 2. example. This is how I want the results to look.

    Results:
    insert into #driver select'98765432',20170517,5

    Thanks for your help!

  2. Karen says:

    I have 4 columns of data (A - D) and each project has 13 rows.
    Column data: Name, start, finish, duration
    Project 1
    13 rows of data

    Project 2
    13 rows of data

    How do I get Concatenate or another method to read the 13 rows of data across and then down??:
    A3, B3, C3, D3,
    A4, B4, C4, D4,
    A5, B5, C5, D5

    I need all 13 rows to read to a single row left to right.
    Can you help??

    • Kal Warden says:

      We feel you bruh... You can search the World Wide Web for the solution, but don't go for a page :")

  3. Abhinav says:

    Hi

    Thank you for the detailed examples.

    I've a bit complicated query though, may be because I'm new to this.

    So, I need to fill Youtube URLs in one column and the Embed codes in another.

    Is it possible that I can just fill in the URL and the embed code generates by any formula?
    For E.g.

    Column 1: https://youtu.be/ZWiPQINKvW8

    Column 2:

    Column 2 has the Embed code which has the Video ID after "embed/" that appears at the end after the "/" in Column 1.

    It is same for all the videos and I've to maintain a sheet of Thousands of them!
    So far I've been copying and pasting both from the YouTube videos but would love to know if it's possible to merge the partial text(ID) from column 1 in the middle of the text in Column 2.

    Thanks in advance!

    Regards,
    Abhinav

  4. Abhinav says:

    Hi Svetlana,
    Thanks for replying.

    I did enter the desired result but it appears that it was not posted?

    I'll try again, don't know why it was removed.I'll put the contents of the Column 2 in the () if it helps in posting.

    Column 1: https://youtu.be/ZWiPQINKvW8

    Column 2: ()

    So, Column 2 is the desired result and ZWiPQINKvW8 is the ID from Column 1.

    Hope it gets posted this time.

    Thanks!
    Abhinav

  5. Abhinav says:

    Hi Svetlana,

    The () didn't work so I've uploaded a screenshot and here the link.

    https://ibb.co/jqf3Ha

    I hope it helps!

    Thanks in advance.

    Regards,
    Abhinav

    • Hi Abhinav,

      All comments containing external links are subject to manual validation, that's why they did not get posted immediately (the only one working anti-spam technique we could think of :)

      As for the formula, the "iframe..." string is the same for all rows except for the ID from column 1, right? If so, you can split it into 2 parts, and put the parts into 2 separate cells. For example:

      Cell F1: <iframe width="560"… embed/
      Cell F2: " frameborder="0"… </iframe>

      And then, you can use the RIGHT() function to extract the ID (from A2 in this example), and concatenate the 3 parts like this:
      =F1&RIGHT(A2,LEN(A2)-FIND("/",A2, FIND("/", A2, FIND("/",A2)+1) +2))&F2

  6. Abhinav says:

    Greetings of the Day Svetlana!

    I just feel lucky that I found this forum.

    Thanks a ton for the solution.
    It works like a charm...

    Best Regards,
    Abhinav

  7. jatay says:

    Hi there
    How can the last cell in a column filled from the first cell will automatically minus
    for example IN column A when in a2 was a number a2 - a1 and if in A3 was number A3 - A1 only the last fill cell minus first cell and write Answer in A10

  8. Brijesh Kumar says:

    how to remove duplicate entries ( which is comma separated) found in single columns ?
    example :- 8,4,7,8,6,3,3,9,6
    expected output :- 3,4,6,7,8,9

  9. Chester says:

    Hello,

    How to a concatenate this:

    A1 = "has a account balance of" and B1 = $ 2,250.38

    When I used concatenate the result always "has a account balance of 2250.38,
    the Result that I want is " has a account balance of $ 2,250.38"

    Thank you in Advance

    • Luke says:

      The problem is caused by the fact that your number is not entered into the cell with a $ symbol, etc. but the cell itself is formatted as currency (the actual cell content is just 2250.38 which is why the $ does not show when concatenating). The following will work:

      =CONCATENATE(A1,DOLLAR(B1,2))

  10. okewole says:

    pls I need Ur assistance to concatenate course still outstanding (CDO) of students prepared in Excel sheet e.g =if( A2:D2=0, concatenate A1,B1,C1,D1,",") can't it work if not I need Ur assistance.

  11. Keith says:

    I have inserted a row and typed in the formula

    =CONCATENATE(J1," ",K1)

    and have combined the first and last names of my clients. How do I now place the combined data into another cell without showing the above formula in the Excel formula bar?

    Keith

  12. Celestine says:

    This is great, I understand the concatenate and the and operators better now. Thanks a lot. WOW!

  13. sonaikumar says:

    hi, i am sonai.i have one question please answer it.
    the format of the EXCELL is,
    ADDRESS1 ADDRESS2 ADDRESS3 ADDRESS4 CITY STATE PINCODE
    so, split the address to this format,
    the source data is
    oldno54,newno4355,eaststreet,virudhunagar,mutharpatti,greengarden,chennai,tn,tamilnadu,600018
    please, solve the problem.it's my humble request youto.immediately

  14. sonaikumar says:

    sry, i missing something
    actually the SOURCE DATA IS
    oldno54,newno4355,eaststreet,virudhunagar,mutharpatti,sattur,greengarden,chennai,tn,tamilnadu,600018

    and the excel format is,

    ADDRESS1 ADDRESS2 ADDRESS3
    oldno54,newno4355 eaststreet,virudhunagar mutharppati,sattur

    ADDRESS4 CITY STATE PINCODE
    greengarden,chennai tn tamilnadu 600018

    so please help me,solve this problem immediately.

  15. Rajendra says:

    SREI $ 41,26,000 54 days
    how to use concatenate for figure including comma = Devid-$41,26,000-54days

  16. Nikhil Wadhwa says:

    how to use concatenate for (bluedart 5565565 24-Jul-17) in one column.. data in brackets are in 3 different column.

  17. Vikram Gajjala says:

    Hi All, This is my actual formula =IF(F$1,'Apr-2016'!J16,"") "Apr-2016" is the name of the sheet in the workbook, i would like to use concatenate so I can choose the year (2016) from another cell. please help many thanks

  18. Kevin Bernard says:

    How would you combine values from multiple cells separated by commas only when values exist?

    Example

    A B C
    1|George Herman Ruth
    2|Jackie Robinson
    3|Mark Marche McGwire

    Row 1= Concatenate(A1,",",B1,",",C1) = George, Herman, Ruth
    Row 2 = Jackie,,Robinson
    I don't want a comma when no values exist to separate.

  19. Aland says:

    Hello all,
    Is there a way concatenated results can be searchable (ctrl+find) and/or filterable?
    Thank you in advance for any tips :)

  20. DAVID says:

    Hi Aland,

    I have an excel table (C4:O12) that sums values W-L-T (win-loss-tie) records both horizontally and vertically when entering a "W", "L", or "T" in each cell in table with a resulting "0-0-0" format. I have the totals with this format in bottom row from C13:O13 as well as in column from P4:P12 Here are the following formulas Ive used:

    horizontal
    =CONCATENATE(COUNTIF(C4:O4,"W"),"-",COUNTIF(C4:O4,"L"),"-",COUNTIF(C4:O4,"T"))

    vertical
    =CONCATENATE(COUNTIF(C4:C12,"W"),"-",COUNTIF(C4:C12,"L"),"-",COUNTIF(C4:C12,"T"))

    How do I sum the totals for either column O, or row 13 to get an overall total in the same "0-0-0" format?

    THANKS !

  21. tay says:

    what is the excel formula to reflect "8/1/2017" as "Aug"?

  22. jose says:

    how do i concatenate below:

    1001
    1002
    1003
    1004
    1005
    1008
    1013
    1014
    1015
    1016
    1020
    1021
    1025
    1026
    1027
    1028
    1029
    1030

    to this format:

    1001 thru 1005, 1008, 1013 thru 1016, 1020, 1021, 1025 thru 1026

    thanks

    • SYED ASIF says:

      1- Select the cell where you need the result.
      2- Go to formula bar and enter data range ex. =TRANSPOSE(A1:A5)&” “
      3- Based on your regional settings, you can also try =A1:A5 (instead of =TRANSPOSE(A1:A5)).
      4- Select the entire formula and press F9 (this converts the formula into values).
      5- Remove the curly brackets from both ends.
      6- Add =CONCATENATE( to the beginning of the text and end it with a round bracket).
      7- Press Enter

  23. John Worsley says:

    Is it possible to concatenate data from columns based on a single reference column, so where the customer is the same name, concatenate all the references from each line into a single row:

    i.e.
    Input:
    A B
    27918 Select
    27922 Select
    27920 Select
    27921 Select
    27919 Wholesale
    27923 Wholesale
    27924 CSP Supplies
    27925 CSP Supplies

    Output:
    A B
    Select 27918,27922,27920,27921
    Wholesale27919,27923
    CSP 27924,27925

    Hope that makes sense?

  24. nisheet says:

    i Have 20 list of name like

    Kim
    Solonin
    Gafarova
    Ayubova
    Danilenko
    Dityatyev
    Agakov
    Karavaev
    Protopopov
    Bohn
    Williams
    Bhatia
    Miller
    Gass
    Townsend
    Hohberg
    Lai
    Nazarewycz
    Singh
    Ooi

    i want only 10 name in a single cell like kim,Solonin,Gafarova,Ayubov, etc
    using formula how ?

  25. Vipul says:

    Step 1 Sort names Alphabetically
    Step 2 Give 1 2 3 besides the names you wan't in order
    step 3 Sort selecting names & number by column having number ascending
    step 4 Use concatenate function for your numbered cell separating","
    =CONCATENATE(C2,",",C3,",",C4,",",C5,",",C6,",",C7,",",C8,",",C9,",",C10,",",C11)

  26. Alvin says:

    I have a sheet formatted as a table, but when I try to use CONCATENATE it display the function text not the result of the function.

    For example:
    in cell A1 (header): CodeFirst
    in cell A2 (text value): AA
    in cell B1 (header): CodeSecond
    in cell B2 (text value): BB

    in cell C2: =CONCATENATE([@[CodeFirst]];[@[CodeSecond]])
    it display as it is, not AABB

    any ideas?

  27. Alvin says:

    in addtion to my question above, I format column C as General, not Text.

  28. Alvin says:

    Never mind, I solved it. Thanks.

  29. Billy says:

    Hi there,

    I am trying to use the concatenate function on two cells, one that is formatted as a number and another cell that is formatted as a percentage.

    It seems the new combined cell doesn't maintain the % formatting, so I am just ending up with a number and a very long decimal.

    Is it possible to keep the % formatting in the combined cell?

    Thanks,
    Billy

  30. Mahshid says:

    How to make new row in one cell or make alt+enter in concatenate formula

  31. sturgaa says:

    Goal: Take information from cell A2 on sheet "Ref", then use that to concatenate that information to set a reference list for sheet "2".

    Cell 2!A40: =Ref!A2

    Cell 2!B40: =if(B40=0," ","=Ref!b"&A40)

    So, when sheet "Ref" has something in Ref!A2 then 2!B2 will show what is in cell Ref!B2)

    I want to then be able to copy sheet "2" to make sheets"3","4","5", etc. and have Sheet "3" show what is in cell Ref!B3 and so on for each following sheets.
    Thanks

    • Hello,
      For me to understand the problem better, please send me a small sample workbook with your source data and the result you expect to get to support@ablebits.com. Please don't worry if you have confidential information there, we never disclose the data we get from our customers and delete it as soon as the problem is resolved.
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      I'll look into your task and try to help.

  32. Selva says:

    Used CONCATENATE(A1:A3 & " ," ) to combine cells with a separator it is working fine(Used F9). Now i need to apply for all rows but it is not working. Can you help here. Thanks

    • Hi Selva,

      Please try one of the following formulas:

      1. =CONCATENATE(A1,",",A2,",",A3,",")

      2. If you use Excel 2016, then you can try this array formula:
      =CONCAT(CONCATENATE(A1:A3,","))
      Please don’t forget to press Ctrl + Shift + Enter to complete it. Once you do this, Excel will automatically enclose the formula in {curly braces}. In no case should you type the curly braces manually, the formula won't work.

      Hope this will help you.

  33. Ankur says:

    I have 2 columns Singer 1 and singer 2. I want to concatenate with comma separator. However in some rows only Singer 1 Values are available and if there is no value in singer 2 - I dun want the comma separator to be posted since there is a single value.

    For better understanding:
    Scenario 1 -
    Singer 1 - Jolly
    Singer 2 - Nerdsk
    Result of concatenation - Jolly, Nerdsk

    Scenario 2
    Singer 1 - Jolly
    Singer 2 -
    Result of Concatenation - Jolly,
    The result I m looking for is - Jolly without a comma

    Hope this explains what I am trying to convey.
    Do let me know a solution that I can implement.
    Thank You In Advance
    Rgds
    Ankur

  34. Christi Erwin says:

    I'm combining number cells. One of the number cells is formatted special to show three digits (000). But when I combine them the first zeros disappear. So, 001 in that cell needs to be displayed as 001 (which is exactly the number in that cell) not as 1 (single digit).

    How do I combine them and still keep my cell formatting the same.
    Thanks

  35. Chris says:

    Hello,

    I have set up my formula and it covers a large range. I separate the texts with commas. How do I remove the excess commas at the end, without shorting the range? Thanks in advance!

  36. Shahad says:

    hi:

    i need any help please
    i have a single column with 2322 cells, and want to combine the data for each 20 cells together on next column and continue

    br
    Shahad

  37. Diane says:

    URGENT! - I have concatenate(C2, " ",B2),I have copied the data in the remaining fields.
    Now I need to REMOVE fields B & C without obtaining the #REF! error

  38. Elaine says:

    How can change names in single cell of a spread sheet from lastname, firstname
    entered just like that, with a comma. I want to cell to give me the names firstname lastname with no comma. Is that possible?

  39. Richard says:

    Help

    Imstruggling to make 2 formulas based on these digits:

    9055170120100

    1) I need a formula which will turn it into this:

    05517 012.010

    -Which is remove the 9
    -Then space after the 5th digit
    -Add decimal after 7th digit

    and 2)

    I also need to turn a different cell into this:

    012.010

    -which is remove the first 6 digits
    - Then add the decimal in the same place as above.

    Any help woul be much appreciated!

  40. Meg says:

    Thank you for this excellent guide. I have a series of concatenated sentences each with text intermixed with values (numbers) pulled from other cells. In some cases, I have used the TEXT function to render the desired number format. However, I am looking to make the values (whether or not with the TEXT function) to pop out of the surrounding text in a contrasting colour. How can I format it to do this? I was hoping the TEXT function would enable this, but cannot see how. Thank you.

    • Hello,

      Please note that the TEXT function does not support color formatting. So if you copy a number format code from the Format Cells dialog that includes a color, e. g. $#,##0.00_);[Red]($#,##0.00), the TEXT function will accept the format code, but it won't display the color.

      Hope it will help you.

  41. Dan says:

    here is one i am trying to do...
    I have a pricing matrix and i have named each cell in the matrix by its location within the matrix, example...
    A1=ABa1, B1=ABa2, C1=ABa3
    A2=ABb1, B2=ABb2, C2=ABb3
    A3=ABc1, B3=ABc2, C3=ABc3

    so on another sheet i have my products that are coded with these name. example...
    Product A: S1234a1
    Product B: S4567b4

    i want to strip that "a1" off the end and then use it in the formula to show the price for ABa1.
    I use "RIGHT" formula to grab the 'a1' text, and then i use CONCATENATE with plain AB text to create the value ABa1 displayed in the cell. so thats great i can see a string on data that is exactly what i want

    so heres my dilemma...
    in any cell, if i manually type in "=ABa1", it refers to the cell which i named ABa1 and the value within that cell is displayed. makes sense works perfect...

    but what i want to do is use my CONCATENTATED string of data, rather that actually keying in the my "=ABa1".

    somehow like this....=(the concatenated data string i want use), and then will have the same affect as when i manually key it in.

  42. Art Villanueva says:

    Hello!
    How do I concatenate based a number such as...

    N = 5
    String = "Hello"
    Desired output = "xxxxxHello"

    N = 3
    String = "Hello"
    Desired output = "xxxHello"

    Thanks

  43. Falkon Nightsadale says:

    Thank you!

    While I'm pretty sue, that there is an easier way to do what I need (replace input value with text including said value), probably even in single column (yet no tutorial, how to do that, with concatenate function I achieved my goal:
    =CONCATENATE("OAM-";C2;"/PP-2017")
    And even expanded it for future use (albeit at the cost of 2 extra columns *sad*):
    =CONCATENATE("OAM-";C2;"/";D2;"-201";E2)
    Result (where XXXXX is the input number):
    OAM-XXXXX/PP-2017

  44. Saravanan Swaminathan says:

    thanks for the support

  45. SREEKANDAN says:

    COL1 COL2

    1 AAA
    1 GGG
    1 FFF
    2 GGG
    2 HHH
    3 RRR
    3 JJJ

    concatenate text based on criteria in Excel? FORMULAS

    • Doug says:

      Not sure what the criteria is, but here's a way to do this.
      If numbers are in cells A1 through A10 and letters are in cells B1 through B10 and your criteria is if a cell contains a "1" then:
      =IF(OR(A1=1,A2=1,A3=1,(Concatenate(B1," ",B2," ",B3))

  46. mohamedabuthahirm says:

    I want to concat A1 cell value 01
    B1 cell value 05
    c1 cell value 5
    how to concat
    I want result d1 cell 01055
    Please reply me

  47. mohamedabuthahirm says:

    Mr.Doug
    Thank you for reply
    but i want result is 010155
    this result is 1155

    • Doug says:

      That sounds like a cell formatting issue.
      Select the cells and choose format cells and then choose custom and use one of the provided formats or use one as a starting point and then change it to the format you want.

  48. Elizabeth says:

    I want to use a concatenation formula. Pulling information for several cells the cells either have a date for cell F or are left blank. I want the formula to pick up the date or put in “no date at this time” and I’m not sure how to make the formula work.

    • Doug says:

      Elizabeth:
      Will this work?
      Test to see if cell is empty, if it is then return "No Date At This Time", otherwise return the cell's contents.
      Where the data is in cell A18, it looks like this:
      =IF(ISBLANK(A18),"No Date at this time",A18)

  49. Elizabeth says:

    I want to use a concatenation formula. Pulling information for several cells the cells either have a date for example cell F4 or are left blank. I want the formula to pick up the date or put in “no date at this time” and I’m not sure how to make the formula work.

  50. Awosoji says:

    I may not know the right word to use pls pardon me:
    My name is Apple
    Joy
    Peace
    goodness
    love
    sound
    mind

    I want Column 1(My name is) to be linked with each of the Column 2 (name list) above in a new column(Column 3) Thanks

  51. DP says:

    I have a large data that are over 13K rows, I want to combine all of them into one cell. I know you can only have 8192 characters in an Microsoft Excel cell. I want to know if anyone know how to create a VBA macro or better way to have a formula that can do the job. Right now each cell has 9 characters in each cell so I am combining about 3200 cell at once, but I have to do this over and over again until i finish all my 13K records. I need to separate them by comma (,).
    For example: 123456789,123456789,123456789,123456789
    That is how I want it but I know I could only do 3200 records at a time.
    My original records looks like this:
    123456789
    123456789
    123456789

  52. paban says:

    hi svetlana will you assist me to make letter lower case to uppercase formula for example I want" formula" text " rmul only to uppercase mean ruml lowercase to upper case RUML thank you

    • Doug says:

      Paban:
      Where the original text is in A1
      Enter =UPPER(A1) in an empty cell.
      The function has an expanded explaination in the article above.

  53. Kaushal says:

    All the things very nice....I were looking for concatenate function with carriage return and my luck & pleasure that I visited this page :)

    Got a very nice and easy solution.

    Thank you.

  54. Gerardo says:

    It's very usefull. Thanks !

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