Left Function [Runtime]

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

Syntax:

Left (Text As String, n As Long)

Return value:

String

Parameters:

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

Example:

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