Concatenate Strings

 

This example illustrates four different ways to concatenate (join) strings in Excel.

1. Simply use the & operator to join strings.

& Operator in Excel

Note: to insert a space, use " "

2. The CONCATENATE function produces the exact same result.

Concatenate Function in Excel

3a. The CONCAT function in Excel 2016 produces the exact same result.

Concat Function

3b. The CONCAT function can also join a range of strings. If you don't need a delimiter (space, comma, dash, etc.) this can be useful.

Join a Range of Strings

4a. The CONCAT function cannot ignore empty cells. Take a look at all the extra spaces in column E below if you drag the function in cell E2 down to cell E11.

Without Textjoin Function

4b. The beauty of the TEXTJOIN function in Excel 2016 is that it can ignore empty cells (if the second argument is set to TRUE).

Textjoin Function in Excel

Note: the TEXTJOIN function joins a range of strings using a delimiter (first argument).