Excel CONCATENATE Function

This Excel Tutorial demonstrates how to use the Excel CONCATENATE Function in Excel to merge strings of text together, with formula examples.

CONCATENATE Function Description:

The CONCATENATE Function Combines text strings together.

Formula Examples:

concatenate function examples

Example Formula Result
Join Text =CONCATENATE(C5,D5,E5) join
Create Running List of Names =C7 Jack

Syntax and Arguments:

The Syntax for the CONCATENATE Formula is:

Function Arguments ( Inputs ):

text1 – Strings of text, or an array of cells with strings of text.


Additional Notes

Unfortunately, CONCATENATE will not accept an array of cells as an input. You must manually add each cell reference to the formula. <>

With the release of Excel 2016, Excel added the TEXTJOIN Function, a much better alternative to CONCATENATE. Our friends over at Spreadsheeto wrote a great article about using the new TEXTJOIN Function to combine strings of text.

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How to use the CONCATENATE Function in Excel:

To use the AND Excel Worksheet Function, type the following into a cell:
After entering it in the cell, notice how the AND formula inputs appear below the cell:
concatenate formula syntax
You will need to enter these inputs into the function. The function inputs are covered in more detail in the next section. However, if you ever need more help with the function, after typing “=CONCATENATE(” into a cell, without leaving the cell, use the shortcut CTRL + A (A for Arguments) to open the “Insert Function Dialog Box” for detailed instructions:
how to use the concatenate function in excel

For more information about the CONCATENATE Formula visit the
Microsoft Website.