Returns a substring that begins at the start of a given string.


Left(string, number)

string (required) The string from which a left substring will be returned.

number (required) The desired length of the returned substring. A negative number removes the number of characters from the end of the string.


Left("Dec. 12, 1950", 3)

  • Returns “Dec”

Left("St. Louis", 20)

  • Returns “St. Louis”
  • If number is greater than the length of string, the result is the original string.

Left("San Francisco", -5)

  • Returns “San Fran” because it is the result of removing 5 letters from the end.

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