How to quickly combine the first and last names in one cell in Excel?
Says you have a name roster with listing first names and last names separately in two columns, now you want to create a full name list by combining the two columns. This article is going to show you some quick tricks to combine the first and last names in Excel.
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Supposing you have a name roster as the left screenshot shows, and you need to get a full name roster as right screenshot shows:
There are two functions that can combine the first and last names into one cell quickly.
1. =Concatenate(A2, " ",B2)
Step 1: In a blank cell, such as C2, enter the formulas of =Concatenate(A2, " ",B2), see screenshot:
Step 2: Press Enter key and click the Cell C2, then drag the fill handle to copy the formulas across the range that you want to fill. Then you will get a single full name column with combining the first name column and last name column.
2. =A2&" "&B2
You can use the formulas of =A2&" "&B2 with the same steps as above to get a full name roster by combining first name column and last name column.
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Step 1: Select the range you will work with.
Step 2: Click Kutools > Combine, see screenshot:
Step 3: In Combine Columns & Rows dialog box, specify the settings as following:
- Check the Based on row option in Merge Selected cells section;
- Check the Space option in Specify a separator section;
- Specify the Options of the combined result you need, you can keep the contents, delete the contents or merge the contents of the combined cells.
Step 4: Then click OK or Apply, you will get the full name roster in the original first name column, as follows screenshot shows:
- Merge cells (combine cells contents) without losing data
- Merge rows without losing data
- Merge columns without losing data
- Split full name to first and last name
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