LEFT

Returns a substring from the beginning of a specified string.

Sample Usage

LEFT(A2,2)

LEFT("lorem ipsum")

Syntax

LEFT(string, [number_of_characters])

  • string - The string from which the left portion will be returned.

  • number_of_characters - [ OPTIONAL - 1 by default ] - The number of characters to return from the left side of string.

Notes

  • 0 is a valid input for number_of_characters and will cause LEFT to return the empty string.

See Also

SUBSTITUTE: Replaces existing text with new text in a string.

SPLIT: Divides text around a specified character or string, and puts each fragment into a separate cell in the row.

RIGHT: Returns a substring from the end of a specified string.

MID: Returns a segment of a string.

Examples

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