Excel has many functions to offer when it comes to manipulating text strings.
To join strings, use the & operator.
Note: instead of using the & operator, use the CONCATENATE function in Excel.
To extract the leftmost characters from a string, use the LEFT function.
To extract the rightmost characters from a string, use the RIGHT function.
To extract a substring, starting in the middle of a string, use the MID function.
Note: started at position 5 (p) with length 3.
To get the length of a string, use the LEN function.
Note: space (position 8) included!
To find the position of a substring in a string, use the FIND function.
Note: string “am” found at position 3. Visit our page about the FIND function for more examples.
To replace existing text with new text in a string, use the SUBSTITUTE function.
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