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CONCAT Function in Google Sheets: Explained

In this article, you will learn how to use the CONCAT formula in Google Sheets.

What does the CONCAT formula do in Google Sheets?

The CONCAT function is equivalent to the “&” operator and allows you to combine two values in cells. However, you can’t include any space or other signs, marks, or values between them as you can in the CONCATENATE function. So, you should use the CONCAT formula when you want to combine two values as they are, without any space between them.

How to use the CONCAT function in Google Sheets

To use the CONCAT function in Google Sheets, follow these steps:

  1. Type the equal sign (=) to begin the function, and then type CONCAT to start the function.
  2. Inside the parentheses, manually type the two values separated by commas. For example, to combine the text in cells A1 and B1, you would type =CONCAT(A1, B1).
  3. Press Enter on your keyboard to complete the function and display the combined text in the selected cell.

Note 1: When you enter a value manually in the formula, you need to enclose it with quotation marks.

Note 2: When you use references to cells to input values in the formula, you can’t choose a range for either of the arguments in the CONCAT formula. You only can select a single cell as an input value.

What is the difference between CONCAT and CONCATENATE functions in Google Sheets?

As we explained above, the CONCAT has limited functionality, which only allows you to combine two values as they are. With the CONCATENATE formula, you can work on values more flexibly. For example, you can insert a space between two values if you specify it in the formula, and select a range (e.g., A1:A3)  as an input value for the formula. Therefore, although the CONCAT is easy to use for its simplicity, we recommend you use the CONCATENATE function, which does what the CONCAT does and gives you more flexibility and variety in your work.

How to use the CONCATENATE function instead of the CONCAT function

Navigate to this page to learn more about the CONCATENATE function in Google Sheets: How to Use the CONCATENATE function in Google Sheets

What are the other tips or formulas on text in Google Sheets?

Check the following articles if you are interested in formatting text in cells.
How to Make Text Bold, Italic, and Strikethrough in Google Sheets
How to Align Text in Google Sheets
How to Wrap Text in Cell in Google Sheets
How to Rotate Text in Google Sheets
How to Change Default Font in Google Sheets
How to Indent Texts in Google Sheets: Explained
How to Capitalize the First Letter in Google Sheets
How to Capitalize All Letters in Google Sheets
How to Make All Letters Lowercase in Google Sheets
TEXT Function in Google Sheets: Explained

Do you want to learn how to combine or split text in Google Sheets?
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How to Split Texts into Columns in Google Sheets
How to Use SPLIT Function in Google Sheets
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Do you want to know where a specify character or word is in a text string?
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Do you need to replace a part of text with another characters or words?
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Do you like to show a formulae in a cell?
How to Use FORMULATEXT Function in Google Sheets

This function is useful when you need to count the number of characters in a text string.
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Why don’t you double-check the spelling of your texts or cleaning up extra spaces before printing or closing Google Sheets?
How to Spell-check in Google Sheets
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You can repeat the same text string with this formula.
REPT Function in Google Sheets: Explained

You can learn about other Google Sheets formulas and tips that are not mentioned here on this page: LiveFlow‘s How to Guides

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