How to Convert Number to Text Using the Excel Text Function in Microsoft Excel 2010

In this article, we will learn How to Convert Number to Text Using the Excel Text Function in Microsoft Excel.

What is the TEXT function?

Excel treats values to many formats like number, date, time, text, percentage or currency. These can be changed into each other. The TEXT function in Excel is used to convert numbers into text. The fun part is you can format that number to show it in desired format. For example format a yy-mm-dd date into dd-mm-yy format. Add currency sign before a  number and many more.

TEXT Function in Excel

TEXT function is a string function which convert any value to a given format. The result may seem that it is a number but its in text format.

=TEXT(value, text_format)

Value : value to convert

Text_format : Format to convert

Example :

All of these might be confusing to understand. Let's understand how to use the function using an example. Here we have some examples to convert number to given value

Convert any date format to DD-MM-YY format

Below text formula converts date format,

=TEXT( date, “DD-MM-YY”)

Add 0 before a Number

Sometimes you are needed to add 0 before some fixed digit of numbers like phone number or pin number. Use this Text formula to do so…

=TEXT( 1234, “00000”)

If have N digits of number than in text format argument write n+1 0s.

Add Currency Before a Number

Write this text formula to add currency.

=TEXT( 1234, “$0”)

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