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Visual Basic for Applications Reference

Visual Studio 6.0

Left Function

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Returns a Variant (String) containing a specified number of characters from the left side of a string.


Left(string, length)

The Left function syntax has these named arguments:

Part Description
string Required. String expression from which the leftmost characters are returned. If string contains Null, Null is returned.
length Required; Variant (Long). Numeric expression indicating how many characters to return. If 0, a zero-length string ("") is returned. If greater than or equal to the number of characters in string, the entire string is returned.


To determine the number of characters in string, use the Len function.

Note   Use the LeftB function with byte data contained in a string. Instead of specifying the number of characters to return, length specifies the number of bytes.