LEFTB returns the first character or characters in a xt string

This article describes the formula syntax and usage of the

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

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

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These functions may not be available in all languages.

LEFTB counts 2 bytes per character only when a DBCS language is set as the default language. Otherwise LEFTB behaves the same as LEFT, counting 1 byte per character.

The languages that support DBCS include Japanese, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), and Korean.

The function syntax has the following arguments:

TextRequired. The text string that contains the characters you want to extract.

Num_charsOptional. Specifies the number of characters you want LEFT to extract.

Num_chars must be greater than or equal to zero.

If num_chars is greater than the length of text, LEFT returns all of text.

If num_chars is omitted, it is assumed to be 1.

Num_bytesOptional. Specifies the number of characters you want LEFTB to extract, based on bytes.

Copy the example data in the following table, and paste it in cell A1 of a new Excel worksheet. For formulas to show results, select them, press F2, and then press Enter. If you need to, you can adjust the column widths to see all the data.

First four characters in the first string

First character in the second string

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