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posted by martyb on Monday November 26 2018, @02:32PM   Printer-friendly
from the putting-it-all-together dept.

If you've ever tried to use the CONCATENATE function in Microsoft Excel to merge the values in a range of cells, you know it doesn't work unless you add each cell to the function, one by one.

You might have noticed the following message in the support article for CONCATENATE:

Important: In Excel 2016, Excel Mobile, and Excel Online, this function has been replaced with the CONCAT function. Although the CONCATENATE function is still available for backward compatibility, you should consider using CONCAT from now on. This is because CONCATENATE may not be available in future versions of Excel.

Meet the alternatives: CONCAT and TEXTJOIN

for CONCAT and TEXTJOIN:

Note: This feature is not available in Excel 2016 unless you have an Office 365 subscription. If you are an Office 365 subscriber, make sure you have the latest version of Office.

While it is admirable that Microsoft is finally fixing some of the idiosyncrasies of its software, I fear the future will bring a level of fragmentation unseen since the office 2003 to 2007 switch.


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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday November 26 2018, @05:08PM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday November 26 2018, @05:08PM (#766496)

    The only problem I've had is that Libreoffice refuses to take information from a table from my browser and paste correctly. It insists upon making it a single column or putting too much into a single cell.

    It's hardly an insurmountable problem, but it's really annoying to have to manually separate things into columns that should be automatically done.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday November 27 2018, @05:51AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday November 27 2018, @05:51AM (#766828)

    I've noticed that with some tables you need to use paste special.

  • (Score: 2) by Osamabobama on Tuesday November 27 2018, @06:21PM

    by Osamabobama (5842) on Tuesday November 27 2018, @06:21PM (#766978)

    ...Libreoffice refuses to take information from a table from my browser and paste correctly.

    I have the same problem with Excel. I thought it was just part of the human condition.

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