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Excel CONVERT function

The CONVERT function converts a given number from one measurement system to another.

Syntax

CONVERT(number, from_unit, to_unit)

Arguments

  • Number (required): It is the value to be converted.
  • From_unit (required): The original unit for “number”.
  • To_unit (optional): The unit to convert the “number” to.
In Excel, there are numbers of measurement units. Tables below show the units for each category that can be applied to the “from_unit” and “to_unit” arguments of the CONVERT function. Go to know more....

Remarks

1. The #N/A error occurs when any of the following conditions is met:
-- “From_unit” and “To_unit” are incompatible (not in the same measurement system group).
-- Either of the units is not recognized.
2. The #VALUE! error occurs if the supplied “number” argument is nonnumeric.
3. This function is case-sensitive.

Return value

It returns a complex number as text.

Example

Supposing numbers in the table below are showed in meters, to convert them to yards, you can apply the CONVERT function to get it done.

Select a cell (says D6 in this case), enter the formula below and press the Enter key to convert the first meter to yard. Select this result cell and then drag its AutoFill Handle down to get other results.

=CONVERT(B6,"m","yd")

Notes:

1) For the “from_unit” and “to_unit” paraments, you need to use the abbreviations of the measurement names instead of using the full names. Click to know the measurements names and their corresponding abbreviations.

For example, if you apply the formula below, it will return an error value of #N/A.

=CONVERT(B6,"meter","yard")

2) The text abbreviations for the “from_unit” and “to_unit” arguments are case sensitive.

3) You can convert between different units by changing the “from_unit” and “to_unit” paraments in the formula.


Units of Measurement in Excel

Note: In the following tables, some unit types were first introduced in Excel 2013 and are not available in earlier versions of Excel.

Weight and Mass

 Weight and mass  From_unit or to_unit
 Gram  "g"
 Slug  "sg"
 Pound mass (avoirdupois)  "lbm"
 U (atomic mass unit)  "u"
 Ounce mass (avoirdupois)  "ozm"
 Grain  "grain"
 U.S. (short) hundredweight  "cwt" or "shweight"
 Imperial hundredweight  "uk_cwt" or "lcwt" ("hweight")
 Stone  "stone"
 Ton  "ton"
 Imperial ton  "uk_ton" or "LTON" ("brton")

Distance

 Distance  From_unit or to_unit
 Meter  "m"
 Statute mile  "mi"
 Nautical mile  "Nmi"
 Inch  "in"
 Foot  "ft"
 Yard  "yd"
 Angstrom  "ang"
 Ell  "ell"
 Light-year  "ly"
 Parsec  "parsec" or "pc"
 Pica (1/72 inch)  "Picapt" or "Pica"
 Pica (1/6 inch)  "pica"
 U.S survey mile (statute mile)  "survey_mi"

Time

 Time  From_unit or to_unit
 Year  "yr"
 Statute mile  "mi"
 Day  "day" or "d"
 Hour  "hr"
 Minute  "mn" or "min"
 Second  "sec" or "s"

Pressure

 Pressure  From_unit or to_unit
 Pascal  "Pa" (or "p")
 Atmosphere  "atm" (or "at")
 mm of Mercury  "mmHg"
 PSI  "psi"
 Torr  "Torr"

Force

 Force  From_unit or to_unit
 Newton  "N"
 Dyne  "dyn" (or "dy")
 Pound force  "lbf"
 Pond  "pond"

Energy

 Energy  From_unit or to_unit
 Joule  "j"
 Erg  "e"
 Thermodynamic calorie  "c"
 IT calorie  "cal"
 Electron volt  "eV" (or "ev")
 Horsepower-hour  "HPh" (or "hh")
 Watt-hour  "Wh" (or "wh")
 Foot-pound  "flb"
 BTU  "BTU" (or "btu")

Power

 Power  From_unit or to_unit
 Horsepower  c
 Pferdestärke  "PS"
 Watt  "W" (or "w")

Magnetism

 Magnetism  From_unit or to_unit
 Tesla  "T"
 Gauss  "ga"

Temperature

 Temperature  From_unit or to_unit
 Degree Celsius  "C" (or "cel")
 Degree Fahrenheit  "F" (or "fah")
 Kelvin  "K" (or "kel")
 Degrees Rankine  "Rank"
 Degrees Réaumur  "Reau"

Volume

 Volume  From_unit or to_unit
 Cubic angstrom  "ang3" or "ang^3"
 U.S. oil barrel  "barrel"
 U.S. bushel  "bushel"
 Cubic feet  "ft3" or "ft^3"
 Cubic inch  "in3" or "in^3"
 Cubic light-year  "ly3" or "ly^3"
 Cubic meter  "m3" or "m^3"
 Cubic Mile  "mi3" or "mi^3"
 Cubic yard  "yd3" or "yd^3"
 Cubic nautical mile  "Nmi3" or "Nmi^3"
 Cubic Pica  "Picapt3", "Picapt^3", "Pica3" or "Pica^3"
 Gross Registered Ton  "GRT" ("regton")
 Measurement ton (freight ton)  "MTON"

Liquid measure

 Liquid measure  From_unit or to_unit
 Teaspoon  "tsp"
 Modern teaspoon  "tspm"
 Tablespoon  "tbs"
 Fluid ounce  "oz"
 Cup  "cup"
 U.S. pint  "pt" (or "us_pt")
 U.K. pint  "uk_pt"
 Quart  "qt"
 Imperial quart (U.K.)  "uk_qt"
 Gallon  "gal"
 Imperial gallon (U.K.)  "uk_gal"
 Liter  "l" or "L" ("lt")

Area

 Area  From_unit or to_unit
 International acre  "uk_acre"
 U.S. survey/statute acre  "us_acre"
 Square angstrom  "ang2" or “ang^2"
 Are  "ar"
 Square feet  "ft2" or "ft^2"
 Hectare  "ha"
 Square inches  "in2" or "in^2"
 Square light-year  "ly2" or "ly^2"
 Square meters  "m2" or "m^2"
 Morgen  "Morgen"
 Square miles  "mi2" or "mi^2"
 Square nautical miles  "Nmi2" or "Nmi^2"
 Square Pica  "Picapt2", "Pica2", "Pica^2" or "Picapt^2"
 Square yards  "yd2" or "yd^2"

Information

 Information  From_unit or to_unit
 Bit  "bit"
 Byte  "byte"

Speed

 Speed  From_unit or to_unit
 Admiralty knot  "admkn"
 Knot  "kn"
 Meters per hour  "m/h" or "m/hr"
 Meters per second  "m/s" or "m/sec"
 Miles per hour  "mph"

Metric prefixes

The prefixes shown in the table below can be used with metric units by prepending the abbreviation to the unit.

 Prefix  Multiplier  Abbreviation
 yotta  1E+24  "Y"
 zetta  1E+21  "Z"
 exa  1E+18  "E"
 peta  1E+15  "P"
 tera  1E+12  "T"
 giga  1000000000  "G"
 mega  1000000  "M"
 kilo  1000  "k"
 hecto  100  "h"
 dekao  10  "da" or "e"
 deci  0.1  "d"
 centi  0.01  "c"
 milli  0.001  "m"
 micro  0.000001  "u"
 nano  0.000000001  "n"
 pico  1E-12  "p"
 femto  1E-15  "f"
 atto  1E-18  "a"
 zepto  1E-21  "z"
 yocto  1E-24  "y"

Binary prefixes

The binary unit prefixes below can be used with "bits" and "bytes".

 Binary Prefix  Value  Abbreviation  Decimal
 yobi  2^80  "Yi"  yotta
 zebi  2^70  "Zi"  zetta
 exbi  2^60  "Ei"  exa
 pebi  2^50  "Pi"  peta
 tebi  2^40  "Ti"  tera
 gibi  2^30  "Gi"  giga
 mebi  2^20  "Mi"  mega
 kibi  2^10  "ki"  kilo

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