Common Questions about the LEFT() formula
1. What is the LEFT formula in Google Sheets?
2. How does the LEFT formula work?
3. What are the examples of how to use the LEFT formula in Google Sheets?
4. How can the LEFT Formula be used with other formulas in Google Sheets?
How to use the LEFT Formula Appropriately
1. Make sure the text you are extracting is in string format.
2. When entering the length parameter, ensure that it is a numerical value.
3. Specify the exact number of characters in the length parameter that you wish to extract from the string.
Commonly Mistyped versions of LEFT()
Spell it like LEFFT, or LFT, or EFT.
1. Forgetting to include the length parameter when defining the LEFT formula.
2. Mistyping the syntax of the LEFT formula.
3. Forgetting to include quotation marks when defining the text string being extracted.
Common Ways the LEFT Formula is Used Inappropriately
1. Trying to extract characters from a range of text, i.e. attempting to return a range of text rather than a specific string.
2. Attempting to extract characters using incorrect numerical values as the length parameter.
Common Pitfalls When Using the LEFT Formula
1. Failure to specify the exact number of characters to be extracted from the string i.e. entering a numerical value too high or low.
2. Confusing the left and right Google Sheets functions. The LEFT formula extracts characters from the left-hand side, while the RIGHT formula extracts characters from the right-hand side.
3. Forgetting to enclose the text string in quotation marks.
Common Mistakes When Using the LEFT Formula
1. Forgetting to separate each individual parameter with a comma.
2. Failure to properly define the text string or the length parameter.
3. Attempting to extract characters from a range of text rather than a specific string.
Common Misconceptions People Might Have with the LEFT Formula
1. Believing that the length parameter is a range rather than a specific numerical value.
2. Assuming that the LEFT formula can be used to extract text from any range.
3. Thinking that the LEFT formula can be used to extract text from a range with a specific number of characters instead of a specific string.