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How to convert letter to number or vice versa in Excel?

If you have a list of letters of an alphabet, and now you want to convert these letters to their relative numbers, such as A=1, B=2, C=3… And in other cases, you need to reverse this option to change the numbers to their associated letters. Have you ever tried to solve this task in Excel worksheet?

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Convert letter to number with formula


To convert the letters to relative numbers, you can use the following formula:

1. In a blank cell besides your data, for example, cell D2, please enter below formula, and press Enter key.

=COLUMN(INDIRECT(B3&1))

2. Then drag the fill handle over to the range that you want to apply this formula, and the letters have been converted to their relative numbers as below screenshot shown:

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Convert number to letter with formula

If you want to convert the integer numbers which are in the range of 1 to 26 to the corresponding letters, the following formula can do you a favor.

1. In a blank cell besides your data, for example, cell D3, please enter below formula, and press the Enter key.

=MID("ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ",B3,1)

2. Then drag the fill handle over to the range that you want to contain this formula, and the numbers have been converted to their relative letters as you need. See screenshot:

Tip:
(1) If the number is greater than 26, the formula will return empty;
(2) If the number is less than 1, the formula will return #VALUE! error value;
(3) If the number is a decimal number, the formula will trim number to a whole number and then calculate.


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1. Select the numbers you will convert to currency word, and click Kutools > Content > Numbers to Currency Words.

2. In the Numbers to Currency Words dialog, please check English or Chinese option as you need, and click the Ok button.

Now you will see all selected numbers are converted to currency words in bulk. See screenshot:


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    john · 5 months ago
    great article. can i use the same for unicode such as hebrew (Convert Letter To Number With Formula)
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    dipshee · 6 months ago
    I need to convert example 1034890 to I034890 ( Replacing first number to letter) how to do that?
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    Yusel · 1 years ago
    Why not save some time and use =ADDRESS(1,D2,4,1) function instead?
    ex. If the number is 12 and you use the above it will return L1
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    Hans · 1 years ago
    number to alphabet
    =MID("ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ",A2,1)

    alphabet to Number
    =SEARCH(UPPER(A1),"ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ",1)
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    kery · 1 years ago
    bagaimana menukarkan angka kepada perkataan.. contoh.. 432 akan ditukarkan kepada empat ratus tiga puluh dua..
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    Muhammad Sameer · 2 years ago
    Thanks very much bro. You saved a lot of my time
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    Shaji Nathan Panchal · 2 years ago
    If M=1, Y=2, S=3, O=4, R=5 and E=6..

    Then,
    In cell A1 if i enter "M", in cell A2 i should get "1"
    In cell A1 if i enter "MS", in cell A2 i should get "13"
    In cell A1 if i enter "OEY", in cell A2 i should get "462"
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    deepak laxman diggek · 2 years ago
    Input : Any Body Can Dance, in one cell
    Output : ABCD,
    how to convert in excel
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    Sush · 2 years ago
    Sush convert in number
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    Pink09 · 2 years ago
    Hi!

    Is it possible to convert this > =ROUND(AVERAGE(V4732,Z4732),-1) into this >=ROUND(AVERAGE(2280,2330),-1)??
    Without inputing a number? I always input the number in the formula. I don't know if you''ll get it. But if you knew what i'm
    asking? Please help me. Thank you! If its not posible. Its ok :) Just asking and just curious if it can be converting :)
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    Faris · 2 years ago
    i want to know if it is possible to change a Excel Cell Data to letters
    for a examplei have a set of codes represents each letter
    like
    1=M , 2=O, 3=D , 4=E, 5=R , 6=N , 7=L , 8=I , 9=C , 0=A

    so a cell date is 10 the answer should be MAA Eg ( 1=M, A=0 ) 10=MA
    so a cell date is 100 the answer should be MAA Eg ( 1=M, A=0 , A=0 ) 100=MAA
    so a cell date is 500 the answer should be RAA Eg (5=R , A=0, A=0 500=RAA
    so a cell data is 750 the answer should be LRA Eg (7=L , 5=R , A=0 ) 750 =LRA
    so a cell data is 1750 the answer should be LRA Eg (1=M ,7=L , 5=R , A=0 ) 1750 =MLRA

    encryption! Can this be Done
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    Faris · 2 years ago
    i want to know if it is possible to change a Excel Cell Data to letters
    for a example
    i have a set of codes represents each letter
    like
    0=A ,1=M , 2=O, 3=D , 4=E, 5=R , 6=N , 7=L , 8=I , 9=C

    so a cell data is 10 ,the answer should be MA
    so a cell date is 100 ,the answer should be MAA
    so a cell data is 105 , the answer should be MAR
    so a cell data is 1500 the answer should be MRAA

    Can this be done ?



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    Savannah · 3 years ago
    That's not how you convert letters to numbers
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    Abuh Fred · 4 years ago
    Thanks for the tip above. But what i want to do is that i want to convert alphabet to a number of my choice not "indirect" format as illustrated. E.g. A should be understood in its cell as 5 so that i can multiply A(now 5) with another number in another cell. I will appreciate your kind assistance in this regards. Thanks.
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      teach · 3 years ago
      You can use his formula but just replace the letters in order in which you want them to appear. The First letter you put will be what is entered when you enter the number 1 in the cell. For example:

      If you put in =MID("JGHTS",A2,1)

      Where A2 is the cell in which you want to convert. Lets say for instance cell A2 contains the number 1, in the target cell, J should pop up.

      1=J
      2=G
      3=H
      4=T
      5=S
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      Ryan Garrett · 3 years ago
      Abuh Fred's comment above is exactly my interest as well. Any solutions? " The letter "A" should be understood in its cell as 5 so that i can multiply A(now 5) with another number in another cell. I will appreciate your kind assistance in this regards. Thanks."
      Specifically I want to enter R/Y/G into a cell and be able to use the conditional formatting icon set to return just a red/yellow/green circle.