# How to take single item out of List? [duplicate]

I often get Lists that contain a single item, like {name} or {{2,3,4}}.

Is there a function that simply takes the item out of the List without needing to use Part, like #[[1]]&?

• Uh, isn't #[[1]]& a crude version of Part? The double bracket [[]] is a short version of Part, check a[[1]] // FullForm. May 11, 2014 at 17:08
• First ... Last... May 11, 2014 at 17:08
• I intend to close this as a duplicate of (20180) unless you explain why it not the same. May 11, 2014 at 17:13
• What's wrong with Part? It's a basic and very fast function. May 11, 2014 at 17:24

You can use First as in First@{{2,3,4}}. Not entirely sure though, why this should be preferable to [[1]].