Display Text And A Value In One Cell
Did you know that you could combine text and values in a single cell?
For example, assume cell A12 contains the value 1435. Enter the following formula into another cell:
The formula cell will display: "Total: 1435."
The ampersand is a concatenation operator that joins the text with the contents of cell A12.
Applying a number format to the cell containing the formula has no effect, because the cell contains text, not a value. As a work-around, modify the formula to use the TEXT function (the second argument for the TEXT function consists of a standard Excel number-format string).
This formula will display "Total: $1,435.00."
Here's another example formula that uses the NOW function to display some text along with the current date and time:
="Report printed on "&TEXT(NOW(),"mmmm d, yyyy at h:mm AM/PM")
Excel has a long history, and it continues to evolve and change. Consequently, the tips provided here do not necessarily apply to all versions of Excel.
In particular, the user interface for Excel 2007 (and later), is vastly different from its predecessors. Therefore, the menu commands listed in older tips, will not correspond to the Excel 2007 (and later) user interface.
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