I am new in SharePoint so please forgive me if I am not using the right terminology. I have a list with several columns (some are calculated columns) and I was doing fine until I hit my column limitation for calculation. In Column A "Budget Risk", I have sum of several numbers In column B "Budget Risk Rating", I have a condition In column C "Risk / Rating", I "concatenate" column A and B

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Is there a way to combine column A and B into one column?

I tried this in Excel since Excel uses the same formula but get "0" for answer or error message.

If I don't make any sense please let me know and I will give you more detail information. Thanks in advance.


  • I came across this question while searching for something else. I think the question is very unclear. Can you please illustrate both the desired result and the actual result you are getting?
    – theMayer
    Commented Aug 23, 2016 at 13:57

2 Answers 2


You can try to use ";" instead of ",". Like this:

Budget Risk/Rating -> =CONCATENATE([Budget Risk];"/";[Budget Risk Rating])
  • I don't think semicolons are proper syntax.
    – theMayer
    Commented Aug 23, 2016 at 13:53
  • using semicolons or commas depends on your international settings. If you are using US settings you should use commas, for most European countries you should use semicolons Commented Sep 16, 2019 at 11:33

My guess is you have too many () around your concatenate statement? Alternatively, try using & instead...

Use the ampersand (&) operator or the CONCATENATE function to do this task.

COLUMN1 COLUMN2 FORMULA                             DESCRIPTION
Nancy   Fuller  =Column1&Column2                    Combines the two strings (NancyFuller)
Nancy   Fuller  =Column1&" "&Column2                Combines the two strings, separated by a space (Nancy Fuller)
Nancy   Fuller  =Column2&","&Column1                Combines the two strings, separated by a comma (Fuller,Nancy)
Nancy   Fuller  =CONCATENATE(Column2, ",", Column1) Combines the two strings, separated by a comma (Fuller,Nancy)

source: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-sharepoint-services-help/examples-of-common-formulas-HA001160947.aspx

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