MS Excel: Introduction
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You can combine first and last name in Excel in several ways – using the CONCATENATE operator, the CONCATENATE function, the CONCAT function, the TEXTJOIN function or Flash Fill. These functions are often used to combine text in cells but you can also combine text with spaces, commas, dashes or another character. It's common to combine first and last names that appear in two columns into one new column. Some functions are only available in newer versions of Excel but the CONCATENATE operator and function are available in all versions.
You can quickly insert multiple columns in Excel using a drop-down menu, keyboard shortcuts or the Home tab in the Ribbon. The key to inserting multiple columns at once, rather than one by one, is to select the number of columns you want to insert first and then insert columns. Excel will insert the same number of columns you selected.
The XLOOKUP function is a replacement for Excel's traditional VLOOKUP function (as well as HLOOKUP and INDEX / MATCH functions). It has a new set of arguments and is available in Excel 2021 and 365. It allows you to look up a value from an array in a range or table and return one or more results. One of the primary benefits of XLOOKUP is that it can look up from columns to the left in a data set and return a range.