Combine first and last names

Let's say you want to create a single Full Name column by combining two other columns, First Name and Last Name. To combine first and last names, use the CONCATENATE function or the ampersand (&) operator.

Example

The example may be easier to understand if you copy it to a blank worksheet.

How to copy an example

  1. Create a blank workbook or worksheet.

  2. Select the example in the Help topic.

    Note: Do not select the row or column headers.

    Selecting an example from Help

    Selecting an example from Help

  3. Press CTRL+C.

  4. In the worksheet, select cell A1, and press CTRL+V.

  5. To switch between viewing the results and viewing the formulas that return the results, press CTRL+` (grave accent), or on the Formulas tab, in the Formula Auditing group, click the Show Formulas button.

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A

B

First Name

Last Name

Nancy

Davolio

Andrew

Fuller

Formula

Description (Result)

=A2&" "&B2

Combines the names above, separated by a space (Nancy Davolio)

=B3&", "&A3

Combines the names above, separated by a comma (Fuller, Andrew)

=CONCATENATE(A2," ",B2)

Combines the names above, separated by a space (Nancy Davolio)

Note: To replace the formula with the results, select the cells, and on the Home tab, in the Clipbboard group, click Copy Button image , click Paste Button image , and then click Paste Values.

Function details

CONCATENATE

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