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Excel 2010 - concatenate versus ampersand for cells containing text

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What's the difference between using the ampersand and the concatenate function for appending data from various cells?
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aikimark earned 500 total points
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1. Take a look at my Better Concatenate Function article:
https://www.experts-exchange.com/articles/7811/A-Better-Concatenate-Function.html

2. I would expect the & to perform faster than the Concatenate() worksheet function

3. The Concatenate() function has a limit to the number of parameters

4. Cell formulas are limited by the number of characters - Excel version dependent

5. I think that Concatenate() is usually easier to read than & in a cell formula.
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They are equivalent, the one is a function (Concatenate) and the other is an operator (&)
Both have pros and cons like aikimark says, but they basically achieve the same thing.
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