Convert numbers to text in Excel

Maybe, there are several methods for converting the numbers to text format in Excel worksheet, but, in this article, I will introduce some functions for deal with this task.

Convert numbers to text with TEXT function

Convert numbers to text with FIXED function


Convert numbers to text with TEXT function

The TEXT function can help you to convert the numbers to a specific text formatting as you need. The generic syntax is:

=TEXT (value, format_text)
  • value: the number that you want to convert.
  • format_text: the format that you want to apply.

1. Please type the below formula into a blank cell:

=TEXT(A2,"General")

2. And then, copy this formula to other cells that you want to use, and all the numbers have been converted to text format, see screenshot:

Note: If you want to use other text formatting, such as keeping several decimal digits, or padding leading zeros to make the numbers with the same length, you just need to change the format_text argument in the TEXT function. Please apply the following formulas as you need:

=TEXT(A2,"0.00")           (Keep two decimal digits)

=TEXT(A2,"000000")         (Add leading zeros to make the numbers as same text length)


Convert numbers to text with FIXED function

The FIXED function in Excel also can help you to solve this job, it converts numbers into text which rounded to a specific number of decimal places. The generic syntax is:

=FIXED (number, [decimals], [no_commas])
  • number: the number you want to format as text.
  • decimal: the number of decimals to use for the given number.
  • no_commas: specifies if the returned text with commas, if use TRUE, the commas are not included in the result, if FALSE, commas are included in the result.

1. Please apply the below formula into a blank cell:

=FIXED(A2,2)

2. Then, drag the fill handle down to the cells that you want to apply this formula, all the numbers have been converted to text format, rounded to the specific number of decimal places as you need, see screenshot:

Note: If you don’t need the comma group separator between the numbers, please use the following formula:

=FIXED(A2,2,TRUE)


Relative functions used:

  • TEXT:
  • The TEXT function converts a value to text with a specified format in Excel.
  • FIXED:
  • The FIXED function returns a number formatted as decimals and represented as text.

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