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Excel Formula: Combine first initial and last name

Here are two columns in a sheet in Excel, one contains first names, the another one contains last names. In this tutorial, it provides a formula to combine the first initial of the first name and the last name into one cell.
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Generic formula:



First_name: the first initial you want to extract.
Last_name: the last initial you want to extract.

How this formula work

To combine the first initial of cell B3 and the last name in cell C3 into one, please use below formula:


Press Enter key.
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LEFT function extracts a fixed length of text string from left side of a given text. LEFT(B3,1) extracts the first letter from left side of cell B3, returns “L”.

CONCATENATE function joins two or more texts items from multiple cells into one. Here the formula CONCATENATE(LEFT(B3,1),C3) can be seen to combine letter “L” and contents in cell C3 into one.

Sample File

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