Left Function

Returns the number of leftmost characters that you specify of a string expression.


Left (Text As String, n As Long)

Return value:



Text: Any string expression that you want to return the leftmost characters from.

n: Numeric expression that specifies the number of characters that you want to return. If n = 0, a zero-length string is returned. The maximum allowed value is 65535.

The following example converts a date in YYYY.MM.DD format to MM/DD/YYYY format.

Error codes:

5 Invalid procedure call


Sub ExampleUSDate

Dim sInput As String

Dim sUS_date As String

    sInput = InputBox("Please input a date in the international format 'YYYY-MM-DD'")

    sUS_date = Mid(sInput, 6, 2)

    sUS_date = sUS_date & "/"

    sUS_date = sUS_date & Right(sInput, 2)

    sUS_date = sUS_date & "/"

    sUS_date = sUS_date & Left(sInput, 4)

    MsgBox sUS_date

End Sub