I need to take separate columns containing first and last names on one spreadsheet, and combine them into a single column on a different sheet. Right now my formula is


What I would want is to get a single column of

First1 Last1  
First2 Last2  
First3 Last3

But instead I am getting

First1First2First3 Last1Last2Last3

Because the second argument in the IMPORTRANGE function is a string, I can't just direct it to one cell and then drag the function over multiple cells like I normally would when concatenating. Is there a way to accomplish what I want without copying multiple data sets into one spreadsheet and working from there?

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This can be done with an arrayformula as follows:

=arrayformula(importrange("URL", "A1:A3") & " " & importrange("URL", "B1:B3"))

The inner part describes what should be done within one row; the arrayformula then says "do it for every row".

  • Thank you, this was great. Although, it appears as though ARRAYFORMULA was only part of the fix. When I added the ARRAYFORMULA to the outside of my formula I got the same formatting as before. However, when I removed the CONCATENATE and replaced it with the &s it formatted properly.
    – Jon
    Mar 3, 2016 at 0:44
  • Yes, binary concatenation & is important here; concatenate just puts everything it's given together.
    – user79865
    Mar 3, 2016 at 0:52

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