# NUMBERVALUE

The NUMBERVALUE function is used to convert text representations of numbers into actual numeric values in Excel. It is particularly handy when data imported or entered as text needs to be converted to numerical format for mathematical calculations or analysis.

## Syntax

=NUMBERVALUE(`text`

, `[decimal_separator]`

, `[group_separator]`

)

`text` | The text representation of the number to be converted to a numeric value. |

`decimal_separator` (Optional) | The character used as the decimal separator. Defaults to the system separator if omitted. |

`group_separator` (Optional) | The character used as the digit grouping separator. Defaults to the system separator if omitted. |

## About NUMBERVALUE

When faced with numerical data stored as text in Excel, the NUMBERVALUE function emerges as a reliable solution for effortlessly converting these text representations into numerical values. This function proves beneficial in scenarios where imported data or user-entered information needs transformation into a format conducive to mathematical operations and analysis within Excel's spreadsheet environment. Utilizing NUMBERVALUE streamlines the process of numerical data extraction from text-heavy datasets, ensuring accuracy and efficiency in computational tasks within Excel worksheets. The function enables swift conversion without necessitating manual adjustments, enhancing productivity and accuracy of calculations in various Excel projects.

## Examples

Consider a column of numbers imported as text that includes decimal commas. To convert these text values into numeric format for calculation purposes, use the following formula for cell A2: =NUMBERVALUE(A2, ",")

Imagine a dataset where numbers are separated by periods and decimal points are represented by commas. To convert these text representations into numbers while adjusting for the specific separators, employ the formula: =NUMBERVALUE(B2, ".", ",")

## Notes

NUMBERVALUE can be particularly useful when dealing with data imported from external sources where numerical values are formatted as text. Ensure to specify the correct decimal and group separators in the function based on the formatting of the text representations to achieve accurate conversions.

## Questions

**When should I use the NUMBERVALUE function in Excel?**

You should use the NUMBERVALUE function when you encounter situations where numeric data is stored as text in Excel and needs to be converted to a numerical format for mathematical calculations or analysis.

**What does the decimal_separator argument in the NUMBERVALUE function define?**

The decimal_separator argument in the NUMBERVALUE function specifies the character used as the decimal separator in the text representation of the number to be converted. It allows customization to match the specific formatting of the data.

**How does the NUMBERVALUE function handle group separators in text representations of numbers?**

The group_separator argument in the NUMBERVALUE function defines the character used as the digit grouping separator in the text representation of the number. It aids in converting text numbers with grouping separators into numeric values accurately.

**Can I use the NUMBERVALUE function to convert text numbers with different formatting styles?**

Yes, the NUMBERVALUE function provides the flexibility to cater to various formatting styles commonly encountered in text representations of numbers. By specifying the decimal and group separators, you can accurately convert different text formats into numerical values in Excel.