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## Excel DECIMAL function ### Description

The DECIMAL function converts a text representation of a number in a base into its equivalent decimal number. Take a instance, 11 is a text representation of 3 in base 2, using the formula =DECIMAL(11,2) convert 11 into decimal number 3.

### Syntax and arguments

Formula syntax

Arguments

 Text: Required. The text representation of the number that you want to convert to decimal number. The length of the text must be less than 256. Radix: Required. The base of the supplied number, must be an integer ≥ 2 and ≤ 36.

Return Value

The DECIMAL function returns a decimal number.

Notes:

1. The DECIMAL function is unavailable in the earlier versions of Excel 2013.

2. The Text argument is no case sensitive.

• #NUM! error value: Occurs if either one appears:
• The Radix argument is < 2 or > 36
• The Text argument and Radix argument are not a pair.
• #VALUE! error value: Occurs if either one appears:
• The Text argument is longer than 255 characters
• The Radix argument is nonnumeric value.

### Usage and Examples

Before using the DECIMAL function, you should read below table firstly, which list usually used text representation of numbers and the bases.

 Base Alpha-Numeric Characters Binary (2) 0,1 Octal (8) 0-7 Decimal (10) 0-10 Hexidecimal (16) 0-9 then A-F

Before using the DECIMAL function, you should read below table firstly, which list usually used text representation of numbers and the bases.

 Formula Description Result =DECIMAL(1111,2) Convert the binary (base 2) value 111 to the equivalent decimal (base 10) value 15 =DECIMAL("C2",16) Convert the hexadecimal (base 16) value C2 to its equivalent decimal (base 10) value 194 =DECIMAL(12,8) Convert the octal (base 8) value 12 to the equivalent decimal (base 10) value 10

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