Click on the first cell of the column where you want the combined names to appear (C2). Type equal sign (=). Enter the function CONCATENATE, followed by an opening bracket. Select the cell containing the first name (A2) followed by a comma (,). Computer Questions 1. In Excel you can use a function to combine text from two cells into one cell. But you can use an operator to do the same thing. Which operator is that? (a) & (ampersan (b) = (equal sign) (c) (space) (d) All of the above (e) All of the above 2. Select the cells you use, and click Kutools Merge & Split Combine Rows, Columns or Cells. Concatenate row or column of cells into one cell with space, comma or other separators by using formulas. In Excel, you can use the below formulas to combine a row of cells or a column of cells into a single cell. Method A: Use '&' operator to combine cells. Method B: Use Concatenate. Combine data with the Ampersand symbol (&) Select the cell where you want to put the combined data. Type = and select the first cell you want to combine. Type & and use quotation marks with a space enclosed. Select the next cell you want to combine and press enter. An example formula might be =A2&'.

Here this tutorial provides some formulas to join multiple cells into one cell with comma as separator as below screenshot shown, and also explains how the formulas work in Excel.

**Generic formula:**

text_1&','&text_2&','&…&',' &text_n |

**Arguments**

Text_1, text_2, text_n: the cells or text strings you want to combine with comma. |

**How this formula work**

For instance, you want to combine the cells of each row across column B, column C, column D and column E into one cell with commas, please use below formula in a blank cell.

=B3&','&C3&','&D3&','&E3 |

Press **Enter** key, then the cells are combined with comma separated.

**Explanation**

& : using this connector to combine cells and commas.

**Remark**

If you want to directly use texts instead of cell references in the formula, please embrace the text strings with double quotation marks.

**Generic formula:**

CONCATENATE(text_1,',',text_2,',',…',',text_n) |

**Arguments**

Text_1, text_2, text_n: the cells or text strings you want to combine with comma. |

**How this formula work**

For instance, you want to combine the cell B3, C3, D3 and E3 into one cell with commas, please use below formula in a blank cell.

=CONCATENATE(B3,',',C3,',',D3,',',E3) |

Press **Enter** key, then the cells are combined with comma separated.

**Explanation**

CONCATENATE function: CONCATENATE function is used to join text together.

**Remark**

If you want to directly use texts instead of cell references in the formula, please enclose the text strings with double quotation marks.

If there are blank cells which are used to be combined, there will be extra comma in the combined cell by using above 2 formulas (& and CONCATENATE) as below screenshot shown.

In this case, please choose formula 3.

**Generic formula:**

=SUBSTITUTE(TRIM(text_1&' '&text_2&' '&…&' '&text_n),' ',', ') |

**Arguments**

Text_1, text_2, text_n: the cells or text strings you want to combine with comma. |

**How this formula work**

For instance, you want to combine the cell B3, C3, D3 and E3 into one cell with commas, please use below formula in a blank cell.

=SUBSTITUTE(TRIM(B3&' '&C3&' '&D3&' '&E3),' ',', ') |

Press **Enter** key, then drag the fill handle down to apply this formula to the cells you need to combine, then the cells are combined with comma separated.

**Explanation**

TRIM function: the TRIM function removes all extra spaces from the text string. Here *TRIM(B3&' '&C3&' '&D3&' '&E3)* will combine cells with spaces and then clear the extra spaces, this formula will stop the trailing or leading comma.

SUBSTITUTE function: the SUBSTITUTE function is used to replace text with the specific text. Here* =SUBSTITUTE(TRIM(B3&' '&C3&' '&D3&' '&E3),' ',', ')* will replace space with comma and space in the combined text string (the combination of B3, C3, D3 and E3).

**Remark**

If you want to directly use texts instead of cell references in the formula, please enclose text strings with double quotation marks.

**Combine cells with other separators**

If you want to use other separators to replace commas, change “,” in the formulas to other separators. For instance, combine with plus symbol.

*=SUBSTITUTE(TRIM(B6&' '&C6&' '&D6&' '&E6),' ','+')*

Or*=CONCATENATE(B3,'+',C3,'+',D3,'+',E3)*

Or*=B3&'+'&C3&'+'&D3&'+'&E3*

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This tutorial will provide a formula to quickly handle the task that check if a cell contains one of things but excluding other values in Excel and explain the arguments of the formula. - Check if cell contains one of things

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For many Microsoft Excel users, combining two columns into one can be an especially helpful function. If you have a list of names with one cell containing a first name and one cell containing a last name, you might want to merge them into one cell, where the first and last name appear together.

This tutorial will teach you how to combine two columns into one in Microsoft Excel.

Let’s say you have three names. The last names are in **column A** and the first names are in **column B**. It looks like this:

If you want to combine the first name and last name together with the first name proceeding, follow these steps.

Let’s put these combined names in **column C.**

For ‘Joe Smith’, we’ll start entering our combination formula in cell **C1**.

In cell C1, we type: **=B1&” “&A1**

It looks like this:

The product of this formula renders the name in **C1** like this:

In the formula, putting **B1** first references Joe. Adding **&”** at the end lets Excel know you want to perform a combination. Using **A1** second references Smith. Preceding it by **“&** let’s Excel know you want to combine it.

We can do the same procedure for the other two names. For example, if we wanted to combine Bob Regan’s name into cell **C2**, we would type into **C2**: **=B2&” “&A2**

However, re-entering the formula for each name is tedious and unnecessary. Rather, we can click the bottom right corner of cell **C1**, which contains **Joe Smith**, and drag the corner down to have Excel replicate the formula. After performing this task, our spreadsheet looks like this:

You have now learned how to combine two columns into one in Microsoft Excel.

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