## How to concatenate cells ignore or skip blanks in Excel?

Excel’s Concatenate function can help you to combine multiple cell values into one cell quickly, if there are some blank cells within the selected cells, this function will combine the blanks as well. But, sometime, you just want to concatenate cells with data and skip the empty cells, how could you finish it in Excel?

Concatenate cells ignore or skip blanks with formula

Concatenate cells ignore or skip blanks with User Defined Function

Supposing, I have the following cells data which populated with some blank cells, to combine the rows into one cell, you can apply a formula to solve it.

Please enter this formula into a blank cell where you want to put the concatenated result, =A1&IF(A2<>"","-"&A2,"")&IF(A3<>"","-"&A3,"")&IF(A4<>"","-"&A4,"")&IF(A5<>"","-"&A5,""), then drag the fill handle right to the cells that you want to apply this formula, and the values of rows have been combined without the blank cells as following screenshot shown:

Tips: If there are more rows need to be concatenated, you should use the IF function to join the cells, such as =A1&IF(A2<>"","-"&A2,"")&IF(A3<>"","-"&A3,"")&IF(A4<>"","-"&A4,"")&IF(A5<>"","-"&A5,"")&IF(A6<>"","-"&A6,""). The "" character in the formula can be replaced with any other delimiters that you need.

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If there are multiple cells needed to be combined, the above formula will be too complex to execute, so, you can use the following User Defined Function to solve it.

1. Hold down the Alt + F11 keys in Excel, and it opens the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.

2. Click Insert > Module, and paste the following macro in the Module Window.

VBA code: Concatenate cells ignore blanks:

``````Function Concatenatecells(ConcatArea As Range) As String
'updateby Extendoffice
For Each n In ConcatArea: nn = IIf(n = "", nn & "", nn & n & "/"): Next
Concatenatecells = Left(nn, Len(nn) - 1)
End Function
``````

3. Save and close this code window, go back to the worksheet, then enter this formula: =concatenatecells(A1:A5) into a blank cell, and drag the fill handle right to the cells to apply this formula, and you will get the following result:

Tips: In the above VBA code, you can change the“/” character to any other delimiters that you need.

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After installing Kutools for Excel, please do as follows:

1. Select the cells value that you want to combine.

2. Click Kutools > Merge & SplitCombine Rows, Columns or Cells without Losing Data, see screenshot:

3. In the popped out dialog:

• (1.) Choose the type of cells that you want to combine, you can combine columns, combine row and combine all cells into singe cell;
• (2.) Specify a separator for your concatenated contents;
• (3.) Choose the location to put the result, you can put the result to top cell or bottom cell;
• (4.) Specify how to deal with the combined cells, you can keep or delete contents from those combined cells, and you can also merge those combined cells.

4. After finishing the settings, click Ok button, and the selected rows have been combined into one cell separately, and it has skipped the blanks automatically, see screenshot:

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How would you change the "/" sign for CHAR(10) or line break?
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Hello, Alan,To combine the cells with the line break, you can apply the below simple formula:=TEXTJOIN(CHAR(10),TRUE,A1:A5)
After getting the results with this formula, you should click the Wrap Text to get the correct results you need.
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super, thank Q
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I had issues with the formula provided causing leading delimiters, so I did this instead and it works well. This is concatenating cells horizontally while ignoring blank cells and results in no extra commas.

=IF(A2="", "", A2)&IF(A2="", "", ", ")&IF(B2="", "", B2)&IF(B2="", "", ", ")&IF(C2="", "", C2)
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This worked a treat, thanks so much
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Hi, used the macro and changed the "/" to a comma "," but got a lot of commas and it appeared to add all the blank cells.
I am doing a nested if statement to determine the appropriate sorting in the database. Is this enough to make the blank cell 'active' so that the macro sees this and adds it to the text string? How to work around that?
thanks much
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Hello, Melinda,
the above vba code works well in my worksheet, you just need to change the separator / to comma as below:

Function Concatenatecells(ConcatArea As Range) As String
'updateby Extendoffice 20151103
For Each n In ConcatArea: nn = IIf(n = "", nn & "", nn & n & ","): Next
Concatenatecells = Left(nn, Len(nn) - 1)
End Function

and then apply this formula：=concatenatecells(A1:A5)
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thanks!
I found my problem was in the logic statement that I used to select data for these cells that I was trying to text string. I used a " " instead of "" for the false statement. That was picked up by the macro and used as a space bar and came out , , , , , text, , , ,
So I went back and took out the space and just have the "" and then the macro worked great.
Of course I am learning macros so that's another adventure.
thanks much!!
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Thank you, it was very helpful!
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Please help, i dont always have a value in my first column, that couses that I end up with a seperator infort of the final result. Is there a way around this?
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ever get tis figured out? same boat.
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I don't know how to do it all in one cell, but I added a row with this formula: =IF(LEFT(U20,1)=",",RIGHT(U20,LEN(U20)-2),U20).
My separator was a comma and a space ", " so I used -2 for LEN. U20 is the cell with the concatenated &if formula. The logic of this formula is that if the first character from the left equals a comma, then delete the first two characters; otherwise leave it alone.

Hope this helps.
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Thank you! This saved hours of frustration on my part! Works as a charm!
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The VBA script is wrong, because the output of the formula puts a huge space between the delimiters.
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