Excel allows us to join first and last name by using the **TEXTJOIN **or** CONCATENATE **functions. This step by step tutorial will assist all levels of Excel users in joining first and last name.

*Figure 1. The final result of the CONCATENATE function*

**Syntax of the TEXTJOIN Formula**

**=TEXTJOIN(delimiter, ignore_empty, text1, [text2], ...)**

The parameters of the TEXTJOIN function are:

**delimiter**– a string that will be used as a separator between the text items**ignore_empty**– TRUE for ignoring empty cells**text1, [text2]**– text strings that will be joined

**Syntax of the CONCATENATE Formula**

**=CONCATENATE(text1, [text2], [text3], …)**

The parameters of the CONCATENATE function are:

**text1, [text2], [text3]**– text strings that will be joined

**Setting up Our Data for the Examples**

Our table consists of 3 columns: “First Name” (column B), “Last Name” (column C) and “Full Name” (column E). In column E, we want to get a joined text from the columns B, using the space as a separator.

* Figure 2. Data that we will use in the examples*

**Join First and Last Name Using the TEXTJOIN function**

In the cell D3, we want to get a full name from the cells B3 and C3.

The formula looks like:

**=TEXTJOIN(" ", TRUE, B3, C3)**

The **delimiter** is “ “ (a space), while the **ignore_empty** is TRUE. The **text1 **is B3 and the text2 is C3.

To apply the TEXTJOIN function, we need to follow these steps:

- Select cell D3 and click on it
- Insert the formula:
`=TEXTJOIN(" ", TRUE, B3, C3)`

- Press enter
- Drag the formula down to the other cells in the column by clicking and dragging the little “+” icon at the bottom-right of the cell.

* Figure 3. Using the TEXTJOIN function to join the values from the cell range*

Formula concatenates the values from the cells B3 (“Mike”) and C3 (“James”) with a space as a separator. As a result, the full name in the cell D3 is “Mike James”.

**Join First and Last Name Using the CONCATENATE function**

We will now do the same example, but using the CONCATENATE function.

The formula looks like:

**=CONCATENATE(B3, " ", C3)**

The **text1 **is B3, **text2** is “ “ (a space) and **text3** is C3.

To apply the TEXTJOIN function, we need to follow these steps:

- Select cell D3 and click on it
- Insert the formula:
`=CONCATENATE(B3, " ", C3)`

- Press enter
- Drag the formula down to the other cells in the column by clicking and dragging the little “+” icon at the bottom-right of the cell.

*Figure 4. Using the TEXTJOIN function to join the values from the cell range*

The result in the cell D3 is as same as in the previous example (“Mike James”).

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