Returns characters from the left side of a text string in Excel
Get left side of a text string.


Find characters from the left side of a text string.


The Excel LEFT function display number of characters specified in the argument of text starting from the left. For example, LEFT(“Excel LEFT function”,5) returns “Excel”.


= LEFT (text, [num_chars])


text – The text that contains the characters
num_chars [Optional] – Number of characters to extract.

Return Value

One or more characters

Key Notes

  • Use the MID and RIGHT function to extract a specific number of characters based on given starting and rightmost positions respectively.
  • The LEFT function also extracts digits from a string.
  • The num_chars is optional and defaults to 1.
  • If the reference argument is blank the return value will also be empty.

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