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Google Sheets Concatenate with Comma (Easiest Way in 2024)

Google Sheets Concatenate with Comma

To concatenate (combine) strings in Google Sheets with a comma, you can use the CONCATENATE function, the & operator, or the TEXTJOIN function.

Using CONCATENATE Function 

If you're combining a few specific cells and want to insert a comma between them, you can use the CONCATENATE formula. Simply follow the steps below. 

1. Open Google Sheets and Enter Data

Open a Google Sheets document and input names in column A and cities in column B. For example, place "John" in A2 and "New York" in B2.

google sheets concatenate with comma

2. Select Result Cell and Apply CONCATENATE Function

Click on the cell where you want the result (e.g., C2) and type =CONCATENATE(A2, ", ", B2) in the formula bar to concatenate the name and city with a comma.

3. Press Enter to View Concatenated Result

After pressing Enter, cell C2 displays "John, New York" which shows the combined name and city.

Using '&' Operator

The ‘&’ operator method is similar to the CONCATENATE function method above, but it can be quicker and easier to type for many users. Here’s how to use it:

1. Open Sheet and Input Data

In your Google Sheets document, ensure names are in column A and cities in column B. For example, "Jane" in A3 and "Los Angeles" in B3.

2. Choose Result Cell and Use & Operator for Concatenation

In the cell where you want the merged text (e.g., C2), enter =A3 & ", " & B3 to join the name and city with a comma.

3. Press Enter to See Combined Name and City

Pressing Enter will result in "Jane, Los Angeles" in the selected cell which indicates successful concatenation.

Using TEXTJOIN Function

The ‘TEXTJOIN’ function is very powerful for concatenating a range of cells with a specific delimiter, like a comma, especially if some cells might be empty and you want to ignore these. Here's how to use it:

1. Open Google Sheets and List Names

Launch Google Sheets and fill column A with names from A2 to A5, such as "John", "Jane", "Michael", and "Emily".

2. Use TEXTJOIN in Selected Cell for Comma

In a chosen cell (e.g., C2), type =TEXTJOIN(", ", TRUE, A2:A5) to concatenate the list of names with commas, skipping any blanks.

3. Press Enter to Display All Names Concatenated with Commas

Hit Enter to see "John, Jane, Michael, Emily" in cell C2, showcasing a comma-separated list of all names.

We hope that you now have a better understanding of how to set up Google Sheets concatenate with commas using different methods.

If you enjoyed this article, you might also like our article on how to concatenate multiple cells in Google Sheets or our article on how to set up Google Sheets to concatenate with separators. 

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