One of the most important features of Excel is to collect and contain data from various places into a single cell. In other words, to concatenate. Today I will be showing how you can concatenate the values from two or more cells in Excel.
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How to Concatenate in Excel
Here we’ve got a data set with the Employee IDs, Employee Names, and Salaries of some employees of a company named Sunflower Group.
Our objective today is to concatenate all the information into a single cell called Merged Information.
Method 1: Using Ampersand (&) Symbol
We can use the Ampersand (&) symbol to concatenate all the information into a single cell.
The formula to concatenate all the information separated by commas(,) will be:
=B4&", "&C4&", "&D4
Now you can drag the Fill Handle to fill the formula to the rest of the cells.
Method 2: Using the CONCATENATE Function
You can perform a similar task using the CONCATENATE function in Excel.
Insert all the values that you want to concatenate as the arguments of the function.
Therefore, to concatenate the values in cells B4, C4, and D4 separated by commas(,) will be:
=CONCATENATE(B4,", ",C4,", ",D4)
Then drag the Fill Handle to fill the formula to the rest of the cells.
Method 3: Using the TEXTJOIN Function
When you have a large range of cells to join, using the Ampersand (&) symbol or the CONCATENATE function may be a bit troublesome.
In these cases, you can use the TEXTJOIN function of Excel.
Note: The TEXTJOIN function is only available in Office 365.
The Syntax of the TEXTJOIN function is:
The TEXTJOIN formula to join the range B4:D4 separated by commas (,) will be:
Then drag the Fill Handle to copy the formula to the rest of the cells.
Explanation of the Formula
- The first argument of the TEXTJOIN function is the delimiter (By which the texts are separated). We inserted a comma (,) in this case..
If you want, you can use anything else as the delimiter. It can be any string.
- The second argument indicates whether we want to ignore the empty cells within the given range or not.
We set it as TRUE. That means, if there are one or more empty cells within our given range, we want to ignore those.
- The third argument is the range that we want to concatenate. It is B4:D4 for the first employee.
Using these methods, we can concatenate the values from two or more cells into one single cell in Excel. Do you have any questions? Feel free to ask us.