TEXTJOIN function: Description, Usage, Syntax, Examples and Explanation

What is TEXTJOIN function in Excel?

TEXTJOIN function is one of TEXT functions in Microsoft Office Excel that

TEXTJOIN function combines the text from multiple ranges and/or strings, and includes a delimiter you specify between each text value that will be combined. If the delimiter is an empty text string, this function will effectively concatenate the ranges.

Note: This feature is available on Windows or Mac if you have Office 2019, or if you have an Office 365 subscription. If you are an Office 365 subscriber, make sure you have the latest version of Office.

Syntax of TEXTJOIN function

TEXTJOIN(delimiter, ignore_empty, text1, [text2], …)

argument Description
delimiter
(required)
A text string, either empty, or one or more characters enclosed by double quotes, or a reference to a valid text string. If a number is supplied, it will be treated as text.
ignore_empty
(required)
If TRUE, ignores empty cells.
text1
(required)
Text item to be joined. A text string, or array of strings, such as a range of cells.
[text2, …] (optional) Additional text items to be joined. There can be a maximum of 252 text arguments for the text items, including text1. Each can be a text string, or array of strings, such as a range of cells.
Worked Example:   Multiple matches in comma separated list in Excel

For example, =TEXTJOIN(” “,TRUE, “The”, “sun”, “will”, “come”, “up”, “tomorrow.”) will return The sun will come up tomorrow.

  • If the resulting string exceeds 32767 characters (cell limit), TEXTJOIN returns the #VALUE! error.
Worked Example:   How to strip numeric characters from cell in Excel

Examples of TEXTJOIN function

Steps to follow:

1. Open a new Excel worksheet.

2. Copy data in the following table below and paste it in cell A1

Note: For formulas to show results, select them, press F2 key on your keyboard and then press Enter.

You can adjust the column widths to see all the data, if need be.

Example 1

City State Postcode Country
Tulsa OK 74133 US
Seattle WA 98109 US
Iselin NJ 08830 US
Fort Lauderdale FL 33309 US
Tempe AZ 85285 US
end
, , , ;
Formula: =TEXTJOIN(A8:D8, TRUE, A2:D7)
Result: Tulsa,OK,74133,US;Seattle,WA,98109,US;Iselin,NJ,08830,US;Fort Lauderdale,FL,33309,US;Tempe,AZ,85285,US;end
Worked Example:   Join cells with comma in Excel

Example 3

Currency
US Dollar
Australian Dollar
Chinese Yuan
Hong Kong Dollar
Israeli Shekel
South Korean Won
Russian Ruble
Formula: =TEXTJOIN(“, “, TRUE, A2:A8)
Result: US Dollar, Australian Dollar, Chinese Yuan, Hong Kong Dollar, Israeli Shekel, South Korean Won, Russian Ruble

Example 2

A’s B’s
a1 b1
a2 b2
a4 b4
a5 b5
a6 b6
a7 b7
Formula: =TEXTJOIN(“, “, TRUE, A2:B8)
Result: a1, b1, a2, b2, a4, b4, a5, b5, a6, b6, a7, b7

If ignore_empty=FALSE, the result would be: a1, b1, a2, b2, , , a4, b4, a5, b5, a6, b6, a7, b7

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