Learn how to prepend text to cells in Excel. Prepending text in a cell means adding a piece of text before the text that already exists in your spreadsheet. Sound complicated? It’s not – follow along in our example to learn this simple but effective process.
How to Prepend Text to Cells
- Open the example page and view the 4 rows, 3 of which are populated already. Your mission is to populate the fourth row with the existing ID numbers, but with a prepend text added.
- Select the cell you want new information added – D3 here – and enter the formula: = “A” & C3
- The formula should result in D3 being populated in “A5252”.
- To apply this formula to the rest of the row, drag from D3 down and the rest will be finished.
When is Prepend Text Formulas Useful?
- Organizing rows alphabetically is easier as you can have each desired cell start with A, B, C, etc.
- This technique will save you plenty of time when dealing with large amounts of information.
- Update Excel sheets easily with this formula. If you are tracking large group’s progress, this will help you fill in their status quickly.
- Save time entering each cell individually with the formula by using the drag feature to apply it across multiple cells.
Tips: Use our example form to practice different prepends before using the formula on your own Excel sheets. As an example, change “A” to “Terminated” or “Under-Evaluation”. Give different columns separate formulas to get a feel for how diverse this tool is.
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