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Combine (concatenate) text or values from two or more cells with a simple formula

You can combine multiple cells to join values together in a text chain or series.


  • Smartsheet
  • Pro
  • Business
  • Enterprise


The Owner, Admins, and Editors can modify a sheet.

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Create a simple formula to concatenate text

If you want to combine text from two or more cells into a different cell (concatenate the values), you can do this with a simple formula.

  1. Click in the cell in which you want the result.
  2. Press = (the equal sign).
  3. Click the first cell that you want to refer to in the join and then press + (the plus sign).
  4. Click the second cell that you want to refer to (to join the values together) and press Enter.

To get a sense of the possible ways you can combine cell data, see the examples below.


As an alternative, you can use the JOIN function to combine cell values into a text string. Learn more about the JOIN Function.


Concatenation formula examples 

In the following examples, assume that [Task Name]1 contains the text "First Task" and [Task Name]2 contains "Second Task."

= [Task Name]1 + " " + [Task Name]2

Result: First Task Second Task

When you join cell values, you can use delimiters to separate the values in the range:

= [Task Name]1 + "-" + [Task Name]2

Result: First Task-Second Task

= [Task Name]1 + "," + [Task Name]2

Result: First Task,Second Task

If no delimiter value is included, the values from the range will be joined without spaces:

= [Task Name]1 + [Task Name]2

Result: First TaskSecond Task

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