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Excel CHAR function

Author: Siluvia Last Modified: 2019-07-15

The Microsoft Excel CHAR function returns the character specified by a number which from 1 to 255.


=CHAR (number)


Number (Required): A number between 1 and 255, which you will return the character based on.

Return Value

Return a single character gets from a certain number.

Function Notes

1. The character comes from the character set used by your computer. The CHAR function will return different results for a specific number on different computers.
2. You will get the #VALUE! Error value when:

  • The specific number is not between 1 to 255.
  • The specific number is 0


This section is talking about how to use the CHAR function in Excel in detail.

Example 1: Get character represented by certain number in Excel cell

As the below screenshot shown, you need to return the corresponding character based on numbers in column B, please do as follows to get it done.

1. Select a blank cell, copy the below formula and press the Enter key.

2. And then drag the Fill Handle down to apply the formula to other cells.

Example 2: Include the CHAR function inside the formula

Supposing you want to insert line breaks into text in a cell as below screenshot shown, you can finish it with the CHAR function. Please do as follows to achieve it.

1. Select the cell you will insert line breaks with texts, copy the below formula into it and press the Enter key.
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2. Then, you should format the cell as wrap text. Please select the result cell, click Wrap text under the Home tab.

Then you can see the input texts are wrapped by line breaks.

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