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column B is last name
column C is first name
in colum D I wants last name, firstname

shouldnt =B1&", "&C1 work?

it does nothing
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Question by:Matt Pinkston
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by:n2fc
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Works just fine!

Perhaps you can upload your spreadsheet to see why it doesn't work?

I attached a sample showing it DOES work!Book1.xlsx
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Robberbaron (robr) earned 2000 total points
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try using spaces between the ampersand,

=B2 & ", " & C2

but it should work fine as you have entered, provided the cell is recalc ed .  ie the workbook is set to automatically recalc, or you manually do so,

make sure there is no 'Calc' symbol in bottom left. I occasionally have workbooks that revert to manual mode. Change from ribbon buttton, excel options, formulas,  Automatic.
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by:terencino
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Also the cell might be formatted as Text.
Just format as General instead, hit F2 on the cell and Enter to see if it works now.
...Terry
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