### LEFT Function In Excel

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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:

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:

1 |
=LEFT(text,num_chars) |

### 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:

`application.worksheetfunction.left(text,num_chars)`

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:

`=AND(`

After entering it in the cell, notice how the AND formula inputs appear below the cell:

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 **A**rguments) to open the “Insert Function Dialog Box” for detailed instructions:

For more information about the LEFT Formula visit the

Microsoft Website.