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Tweaking a concatenated formula in Excel

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I am using a simple formula in Column I to concatenate the values in Columns B, F, G & H and insert hyphens in between each string being concatenated. Sometimes there no values in Columns G & H, so the concatenated result ends up with a hyphen dangling at the end. Other times there are no values in B, F, G & H, in which case the concatenated results contains hyphens only. I would like to revise the formula to eliminate the dangling hyphen, and if there are no values, then have the cell remain blank.

I've attached a sample spreadsheet illustrating the existing formula + desired results.

Thanks!
Andrea
Sample-Concatenation.xlsm
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This formula (using the ampersand instead of CONCATENATE) should meet your requirements:
=B2&IF(F2<>"","-"&F2,"")&IF(G2&H2<>"","-"&G2&H2,"")

Regards,
-Glenn
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Perfect...thanks very much, Glenn!
Andrea
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You're welcome very much, Andrea. :-)
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Glenn,  

glad to see you back :-)
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