LEFT returns the first character or characters in a text string, based on the number of characters you specify.

Syntax

LEFT(text, [numberOfCharacters])

The function syntax has the following arguments:

  • Text (Required) The text string that contains the characters you want to extract.
  • numberOfCharacters (Optional) Specifies the number of characters you want LEFT to extract.
    • numberOfCharacters must be greater than or equal to zero.
    • If numberOfCharacters is greater than the length of text, LEFT returns all of text.
    • If numberOfCharacters is omitted, it is assumed to be 1.

Example

Field 1: ="Sale Price"
Field 2: ="Sweden"

Formula

Description

Result

=LEFT([Field 1],4)

First four characters in Field 1

Sale

=LEFT([Field 2])

First character in Field 2

S