How to Combine Cells With Comma in Excel

So earlier we had CONCAT, and CONCATENATE function to concatenate multiple cells. But if we wanted to supply a range for joining cells with a delimiter (say a comma) then it is really tricky with these functions. But now Excel has introduced a new function called TEXTJOIN Function that can be used to concatenate ranges with a lot more flexibility. 

In this article, we will learn how to concatenate cell values of a range with comma using TEXTJOIN function. For users who don't have this function we will discuss other methods of concatenating range values with comma.\

Generic Formula

=TEXTJOIN(",",TRUE,text_range1,[text_range2]...)

Comma (",") : This is the delimiter we want to use. Since in this article we are concentrating on concatenating cells with commas. 

TRUE : For ignoring blank cells in the range. 

Text_range1 : This is the range whose cells have values you want to concatenate.

[Text_range2] : The other ranges if you want to join in the text with commas. 

Let’s see an example to make things clear.

Example: Join Cell Values of Ranges With Comma as Delimiter

Here, we have some values in range B2:E8. We need to join the texts of each cell in a row.

Let's implement the formula we have and drag it down.

=TEXTJOIN(",",TRUE,B3:E3)

You can see that we have a string which is a result of concatenation of texts with commas.

Let's say if you want to concatenate the range B3:E3 and B7:E7. So the formula will be:

=TEXTJOIN(",",TRUE,B3:E3,B7:E7)

It will concatenate all the texts ignoring the blank cells.

How does it work?

The formula is simple. The TEXTJOIN function requires the delimiter with which you want to join text with. The second variable is set to be true so that it ignores the blank cells.

Now if any cell has invisible values like space then you will see an extra comma in between the joined text.

To avoid spaces, use the TRIM function to strip them out.

=TEXTJOIN(",",TRUE,TRIM(B3:E3,B7:E7))

Concatenating Cells with Commas in Excel 2016 and Older

The problem is that the TEXTJOIN function is only available to Excel 2019 and 365. So if you want to concatenate the cells with commas, we'll need to use a trick.

So to concatenate cells in a row with commas do this.

In a cell, write "=" to start the formula and select the range as shown below.

Now press F2 and select the range in the formula bar or cell.

Press F9 key.

Now remove the equals and curly braces. You have the cells joined with commas.

But this way is not that effective for too many operations. 

So do we have any other way to combine texts with a given delimiter in Excel? The other way is the VBA way. Let's create one UDF to do this.

Function JoinText(delimiter As String, rng As Range)

Dim res As String

For Each cell In rng
 
 If Trim(cell.Value) <> "" Then
 
  res = res & Trim(cell.Value) & delimiter
 
 End If

Next cell
res = Left(res, Len(res) - 1)

JoinText = res

End Function

Press CTRL+F11 to open the VB Editor. Right click on the workbook and insert a module. Copy the code above and paste in the module's code area.


Now use this formula to join text with any delimiter you want to.

This formula will work in any version of Excel. You can download the workbook below to use this formula immediately.

So yeah guys, this is how you can join text with comma delimiter in Excel. I hope it was helpful for you. If you have any questions regarding this topic or any other excel related topic, ask in the comments section below. Till then keep Excelling.

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