How do I get the first three letters from the front of a cell?

Also is there a method to get the first three and also the last three and put them in a single cell?

I need to do both things but in different parts of excel.

thanks!

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How do I get the first three letters from the front of a cell?

Also is there a method to get the first three and also the last three and put them in a single cell?

I need to do both things but in different parts of excel.

thanks!

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You need to use the LEFT() and RIGHT() functions to do this.

These examples assume your data is in cell A1.

To get the first three letters, use this:

`=LEFT(A1,3)`

To get the first three letters and last three letters in the same cell use this:

`=LEFT(A1,3) & RIGHT(A1,3)`

The **&** sign is what you use to include two functions right next to each other in a cell like this and the process is called "concatenation."

Also, this works for letters, numbers, whatever characters are in the cell.