Documentation/Calc Functions/LEFTB

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Function name:

LEFTB

Category:

Text

Summary:

Returns the first characters of a DBCS text.

Syntax:

LEFTB("Text"; Number_bytes)

Returns:

Arguments:

Text is the text where the initial partial words are to be determined.

Number_bytes (optional) specifies the number of characters you want LEFTB to extract, based on bytes. If this parameter is not defined, one character is returned.

Additional details:

Examples:

LEFTB("中国";1) returns " " (1 byte is only half a DBCS character and a space character is returned instead).

LEFTB("中国";2) returns "中" (2 bytes constitute one complete DBCS character).

LEFTB("中国";3) returns "中 " (3 bytes constitute one DBCS character and a half; the last character returned is therefore a space character).

LEFTB("中国";4) returns "中国" (4 bytes constitute two complete DBCS characters).

LEFTB("office";3) returns "off" (3 non-DBCS characters each consisting of 1 byte).

Related LibreOffice functions:

ODF standard:

Equivalent Excel functions: