Excel 2013 has given us a new function i.e., NUMBERVALUE function.
This function converts text to a number.
NUMBERVALUE(Text, [Decimal_separator], [Group_separator ])
Text is the text which you want to convet as number
Decimal _separator is the character which will be used to separate the interger and fractional part of the output.
Group_seperator is the character which will be used to separate the number groups viz millions from thousands.
Note:- If Decimal separator or Group separator are not sepcified, then the local settings would be used as default.
Example:- The formula =NUMBERVALUE(“4,500.27″) will return 4500.27 as no other optional arguements added in the formula.