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I have a column with 14 characters. There is real information based on the first three characters. I want to have another column with only the first three characters for visibility and group by functionality.

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Use the Left function in Excel.

i.e. =Left(A1,3) where A1 contains the 14 character data and 3 is the number of characters from the left to display.

Copy the cell with the function down. It will display the first three characters for each cell.

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