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Convert text to number in Excel

Author: Xiaoyang Last Modified: 2020-01-02

The numbers stored as text format cannot be calculated normally in Excel, in this case, you should convert the text to general number. This article, I will talk about some functions for dealing with this job in Excel.

Convert text to number with VALUE function

The VALUE function is a common-used function to convert text to number, the generic syntax is:

=VALUE (text)
  • text: the text or cell containing the text to be converted to a number.

1. Enter or copy the following formula into a blank cell:


2. And then, copy and drag this formula to other cells that you want to apply this formula, now, you can see, all the numbers stored as text format have been converted to real numbers, see screenshot:

Convert text to number normal formula

Here is a simple formula also can help you to convert the text to numbers, please apply the below formula:


Convert text to number with Right Left or MID functions

If there are some other characters with the numbers in the cell, you should remove the characters before converting to numbers. In this case, the RIGHT, LEFT, or MID functions can help you to remove all non-numeric characters from a text value. The generic syntaxes are:

=LEFT (text, [num_chars])
=RIGHT(text, [num_chars])
=MID(text, start_num,num_chars)
  • text: the text string that you want to extract characters from right, left or middle.
  • num_chars: the number of characters to extract from right, left or middle.
  • start_num: the location of the first character that you want to extract.

Please apply the below formulas into the cells based on your need:


Note: At the end of the formula, +0 is forced to convert the returned number text to real number.

Relative functions used:

  • VALUE:
  • The VALUE function helps to convert a text string that represents a number (such as number, date or time format) into a number.
  • RIGHT:
  • The RIGHT function extracts a specific number of characters from the right side of the text string
  • LEFT:
  • The LEFT function extracts the given number of characters from the left side of a supplied string.
  • MID:
  • To return the specific characters from the middle of text string.

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