I have a simple formula in my excel sheet that lists, horizontally the number of days in a sequential fashion:


A1 contains a zero (0).

As such, the formula then adds one for each subsequent cell on the row, producing 1, 2, 3, 4, etc.

What I would like to do is be able to prepend a text character, "+ " into each cell's formula.

Is this possible?

  • Have a look at the concatenate function. – spikey_richie Aug 22 '19 at 15:05
  • Thanks, spikey! I'm aware of the concatenate, but I get an error when I use that because once the + is added to the cell, the subsequent functions no longer work. Ideas? – Ashy Aug 22 '19 at 15:14

Instead of =A1+1, etc, have ="+" & A1+1

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  • That did it!! Thanks! – Ashy Aug 22 '19 at 16:45

Concatenating a + symbol onto a numeric result renders the result mathematically useless.

Use a custom number format of +0 and you will retain the numeric value in the cell, not text that looks like a number.

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    This is the "correct" answer. – Andreas Aug 23 '19 at 11:01

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