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Excel LEFT Function

Excel LEFT function

The Excel LEFT function extracts a given number of characters from the left side of a supplied text string. For example, LEFT("apple",3) returns "app".

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.
  • Number formatting (i.e. the currency symbol $) is not part of a number so is not counted or extracted.

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