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How to format number as ordinal (1st 2nd 3rd ) in Excel?

In some cases, we need to format number as 1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc. when we rank as below screenshot shown. However, do you know how to format these cardinal numbers as ordinal numbers in Excel? In general, there is no built-in function to convert number as 1st in Excel, but, here I can introduce some tricks on this problem.

Format number as ordinal with VBA

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To format number as ordinal, here is a macro code can help you.

1. Press Alt + F11 keys to enable Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.

2. Click Insert > Module, and paste below VBA to the Module script. See screenshot:

VBA: Format number as ordinal

Function Addth(pNumber As String) As String
'UpdatebyExtendoffice20160628
Select Case CLng(VBA.Right(pNumber, 1))
    Case 1
    Addth = pNumber & "st"
    Case 2
    Addth = pNumber & "nd"
    Case 3
    Addth = pNumber & "rd"
    Case Else
    Addth = pNumber & "th"
End Select
Select Case VBA.CLng(VBA.Right(pNumber, 2))
    Case 11, 12, 13
    Addth = pNumber & "th"
End Select
End Function

doc format number 1st 1

3. Then select a blank cell next to the number you want to format as ordinal, C2 for instance, and enter this formula =Addth(B2), B2 is the number you use, and press Enter key, then drag autofill handle over the cells you want to apply this formula. See screenshot:
doc format number 1st 2


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If you are not good at executing macro code, you can try to apply Kutools for Excel’s Convert Number to Ordinal utility, which just needs one click to handle the job.

Kutools for Excel, with more than 120 handy Excel functions, enhance your working efficiency and save your working time.

After free installing Kutools for Excel, please do as below:

Select the numbers you want to format as ordinal, and click Kutools > Content > Convert Number to Ordinal. See screenshot:
doc format number 1st 3



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    Abdul Majid · 1 years ago
    use this formula without VBA Coding for Position Holder
    =SUM(IF(B6<$B$1:$B$32,1/COUNTIF($B$1:$B$32,$B$1:$B$32)))+1&IF(OR(MOD(SUM(IF(B6<$B$1:$B$32,1/COUNTIF($B$1:$B$32,$B$1:$B$32)))+1,100)={11,12,13}),"th",CHOOSE(MIN(5,RIGHT(SUM(IF(B6<$B$1:$B$32,1/COUNTIF($B$1:$B$32,$B$1:$B$32)))+1)+1),"th","st","nd","rd","th"))

    when you put this formula in cell than press Ctrl+Shift+Enter
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      Saddam Hussain · 2 months ago
      Hello Abdul Sir,

      Really It works but i want to understand the formula how it works. I tried and understand few of it but need to understand it fully.


      Requesting you to please please please do the same.