Excel LEFT Function

Excel LEFT Function

Extract text from the left of a string

Return value 
One or more characters.

=LEFT (text, [num_chars])

  • text – The text from which to extract characters.
  • num_chars – [optional] The number of characters to extract, starting on the left side of text. Default = 1.

Usage notes 

Use the LEFT function when you want to extract characters starting at the left side of text.

num_chars is optional and defaults to 1.

LEFT will extract digits from numbers as well. Keep in mind that number formatting (i.e. the currency symbol $) is not part of a number so is not counted or extracted.

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