A to Z of Excel Functions: the LEFT Function
10 September 2021
Welcome back to our regular A to Z of Excel Functions blog. Today we look at the LEFT function.
The LEFT function
The LEFT function returns the first character or characters in a text string, based on the number of characters specified.
The LEFT function employs the following syntax to operate:
The LEFT function has the following arguments:
- text: this is required and represents the text string that contains the characters you want to extract
- number_of_characters: this argument is optional and specifies the number of characters you want LEFT to extract.
It should be further noted that:
- number_of_characters must be greater than or equal to zero
- if number_of_characters is greater than the length of text, LEFT returns all of text
- if number_of_characters is omitted, it is assumed to be one (1).
Please see my examples below:
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