Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Excel in Microsoft 365. If you are using an earlier version (Excel 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Excel, click here: Using the CONCATENATE Worksheet Function.

Using the CONCATENATE Worksheet Function

Written by Allen Wyatt (last updated September 4, 2021)
This tip applies to Excel 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Excel in Microsoft 365


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Excel provides a function called CONCATENATE which can be used to combine the contents of several cells, or even to combine cell contents with other text. For instance, let's say you wanted to add together the contents of cells A3 and B3, separate them by a space, and have the result appear in cell C3. All you need to do is put the following formula in cell C3:

=CONCATENATE(A3," ",B3)

Primarily, the CONCATENATE function is used for compatibility with other (older) spreadsheet programs. You can just as easily use the ampersand (&) operator to combine text values using a formula. For instance, the following is equivalent to the example of CONCATENATE shown above:

=A3 & " " & B3

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (9933) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Excel in Microsoft 365. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Excel here: Using the CONCATENATE Worksheet Function.

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What is two less than 9?

2021-09-08 07:40:26

RKeev

Power Query Text.Join is another way if the task is a more cyclic occurrence.


2021-09-04 06:37:14

Andy

The newer =CONCAT and =TEXTJOIN are also worth looking at. They allow a range of cells to be joined without specifying each cell separately. =TEXTJOIN also allows for a delimiter to be specified.


2021-09-04 06:20:53

Felix A. Keller

RE. Instead of CONCATENATE

It might be worth mentioning that no spaces are actually required. The formula =A2&” “&B2 works as well as
=A2 & “ “ & B2; i.e. the number of blanks before or after the ampersand do not matter.


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