# VALUE

The VALUE function converts a text string that represents a number to a numeric value in Excel. It is particularly useful when dealing with data imported from external sources or when numbers are formatted as text.

## Syntax ðŸ”—

=VALUE(`text`

)

`text` | The text string representing the number that you want to convert to a numeric value. |

## About VALUE ðŸ”—

In the world of Excel, when numbers disguise themselves as text, the VALUE function comes to the rescue. It transforms those deceptive number strings into actual numerical values, ensuring seamless calculations and accurate analyses in your spreadsheets. Whether you're working with imported data or encountering numbers formatted as text due to various reasons, VALUE works its magic to convert them into usable numeric formats with ease. This function proves especially handy in financial modeling, data cleansing, and other scenarios requiring precise numerical operations on seemingly textual data.

## Examples ðŸ”—

Imagine you have a column of numbers imported as text strings in your Excel sheet. To convert these text representations of numbers to actual numerical values, you can use the VALUE function. If cell A1 contains the text '123', entering the formula =VALUE(A1) in another cell will return the numeric value 123.

Suppose you need to sum a range of cells that contain numbers formatted as text. By using the VALUE function in your SUM formula, you can accurately calculate the total sum of these numeric values even though they are presented as text in the cells.

## Notes ðŸ”—

Ensure that the text string provided to the VALUE function can be interpreted as a valid number. If the text cannot be converted into a numeric value, Excel will return a #VALUE! error. Double-check that the text strings you are converting do not contain any extraneous characters that could obstruct the conversion process.

## Questions ðŸ”—

**How does the VALUE function differ from the NUMBERVALUE function in Excel?**

The VALUE function in Excel is used to convert text strings that represent numbers into numeric values. On the other hand, the NUMBERVALUE function, which is available in Excel 365 and Excel Online, converts text that consists of numbers and characters (like currency symbols and commas) into numeric values. The primary distinction lies in the handling of text with additional formatting elements.

**Can the VALUE function handle text strings representing numbers in different formats, such as with commas or currency symbols?**

Yes, the VALUE function can handle text strings representing numbers in various formats, such as those containing commas or currency symbols. It effectively converts these formatted representations into numeric values, making it convenient for dealing with diverse data inputs.

**What happens if the text provided to the VALUE function cannot be interpreted as a number?**

If the text provided to the VALUE function cannot be interpreted as a number, Excel will display a #VALUE! error in the cell containing the formula. To resolve this, review the text string to ensure it does not contain any non-numeric characters that could prevent proper conversion.