In this article:

How to Capitalize the First Letter in Google Sheets (2024 Update)

How to Capitalize the First Letter in Google Sheets

Follow the steps below to capitalize first letters in Google Sheets using the PROPER function.

1. Select a New Column:

Click on the first cell of a new column (say, Column B) next to your data in Column A.

google sheets capitalize first letter

2. Enter the PROPER Function: 

In the B1 cell, type the formula: =PROPER(A1). This formula converts the text in cell A1 to a format where the first letter is capitalized. Press Enter.

how to capitalize first letter in google sheets

3. Drag Down the Formula: 

Click and drag the small dot in the lower-right corner of the B1 cell to apply the formula to other cells. 

how to capitalize the first letter in google sheets

As you drag, Google Sheets automatically adjusts the formula for each row (B2 will have =PROPER(A2), B3 will have =PROPER(A3), and so on).

capitalize first letter in google sheets

If you want to change the text in place (i.e., in the same column), you’ll need to paste the capitalized text back into the original column as values.

To do this, after applying the formula in Column B, select the formatted cells in Column B, copy them (Ctrl+C), right-click on the first cell in Column A, and choose "Paste special" > "Paste values only".

capitalize first letter google sheets
how do i capitalize the first letter in google sheets

We hope that this article has helped you and given you a better understanding of how to capitalize the first letter in Google Sheets. If you enjoyed this article, you might also like our articles on how to insert Pi in Google Sheets and how to capitalize all letters in Google Sheets.

Automate repetitive tasks with Lido

Save hours on repetitive and tedious work. Lido is a new spreadsheet that connects your spreadsheets, forms, PDFs, and email inbox.

Trigger
Action
Select trigger
When a cell value in Google Sheets changes
Check Google Sheets for today's date
When a new row is added to Google Sheets
On new Google Form submission
Send me a daily reminder
On new Typeform submission
When a cell value in database changes
Check database for today's date
When a new row is added in database
When a new HubSpot customer is created
Select action
ADDCALENDAREVENT
Creates a one- or multiple-day calendar event with optional attendees
ADDHUBSPOT
Adds an object to Hubspot
ADDSLACKCHANNEL
Create a Slack channel, and optionally add a topic or members
CALLURL
Makes any HTTP request
CREATEGOOGLEDOC
Replaces [@column_name] values in a Google Doc with the corresponding table row's values
CREATEPDF
Replaces [@column_name] values in a Google Doc with the corresponding table row's values, then export it as a PDF
FETCH
Makes any HTTP request and returns the response
INSERTROWS
Inserts given array below defined values in given worksheet
SENDGMAIL
Sends an email using your Google account
SENDOUTLOOK
Sends an email using your Microsoft Outlook account
SENDSLACK
Sends a Slack message
SENDSMS
Sends an SMS message using your Twilio account
UPDATECELL
Updates cells with given values
UPDATEHUBSPOT
Updates a property of a Hubspot object
Trigger is required
Action is required
Get started