# DEC2OCT

The DEC2OCT function converts a decimal number to octal representation in Excel.

## Syntax

=DEC2OCT(`number`

, `[places]`

)

`number` | The decimal number you want to convert to octal. | |

`places` (Optional) | The number of characters to display. If omitted | Excel uses the minimum number of characters necessary. |

## About DEC2OCT

When you need to switch from a decimal system to its octal counterpart in Excel, the DEC2OCT function is your go-to tool. By simply inputting a decimal number, you can swiftly obtain its equivalent in the octal numbering system. This feature proves handy when working on projects where octal representation is essential or for educational purposes to showcase conversions between number bases.

## Examples

If you want to convert the decimal number 42 to octal, you can use the formula: =DEC2OCT(42)

For a more precise octal representation of the decimal number 100, with a display of 7 characters: =DEC2OCT(100,7)

## Questions

**Can the DEC2OCT function convert decimal numbers exceeding a certain limit?**

DEC2OCT can successfully convert decimal numbers within Excel's computational capabilities. Ensure your input decimal number does not surpass Excel's capacity for accurate calculations.

**How should I interpret the output if I specify a large value for the places argument in DEC2OCT?**

When you set a higher value for the places argument, Excel may append additional zeros at the beginning of the octal output to fulfill the character count requirement.

## Related functions

DEC2BIN

DEC2HEX

OCT2DEC