LEFT Function In Excel

This Excel Tutorial demonstrates how to use the Excel LEFT Function in Excel to return the first n number of characters in a cell, with formula examples.

LEFT Function Description:

The LEFT Function Returns a specified number of characters from the start of a cell.

Formula Examples:

left function examples

Example Formula Result
4 Characters =LEFT(C5,D5) This
99 characters =LEFT(C6,D6) This is Text
First Space =LEFT(C7,FIND(” “,C7)) This

Syntax and Arguments:

The Syntax for the LEFT Formula is:

Function Arguments ( Inputs ):

text – A string of text.

num_chars – The number of characters from the begining of the cell to return.

Additional Notes

If num_chars is greater than the length of the text, the LEFT Function returns all text.

LEFT Examples in VBA

You can also use the LEFT function in VBA. Type:
For the function arguments (text, etc.), you can either enter them directly into the function, or define variables to use instead.

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How to use the LEFT 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:
left 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 “=LEFT(” 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 left function in excel

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