## Excel VALUE Function

Value function in Excelgives the value of a text which represents a number for example if we have a text as $5 this is actually a number format in a text, using value formula on this data will give us 5 as result so we can see how this function gives us the numerical value represented by a text in excel.

### Syntax

The Value formula is as follows:

The Value function has only one argument and this is the required one. The Value formula returns a numeric value.

Where,

*text**= the text value that is to be converted into a number.*

### Examples to use VALUE Function in Excel

VALUE function is a Worksheet (WS) function. As a WS function, it can be entered as a part of the formula in a cell of a worksheet. Refer to the examples given below to understand better.

#### Example #1 – Convert TEXT into Number

In this example, cell C2 has a VALUE formula associated with it. So, C2 is a result cell. The argument of VALUE function is “$1000” the text which is to be converted into the number. The result is 1000.

#### Example #2 – Convert TIME of the day into a number

In this example, cell C4 has a VALUE formula associated with it. So, C4 is a result cell. The argument of VALUE function is “14:00” which is the time of the day. The result of converting it into a number is 0.58333

#### Example #3 – Mathematical Operations

In this example, cell C6 has a VALUE formula associated with it. So, C6 is a result cell. The argument of VALUE function is the difference between the two values. The values are “1000” and “500”. So, the difference is 500 and the same is returned by the function.

#### Example #4 – Convert DATE into Number

** **In this example, cell C8 has a VALUE formula associated with it. So, C8 is a result cell. The argument of VALUE function is “01/12/2000” which is the text in the date format. The result of converting it into the number is 36537.

#### Example #5 – Error in VALUE

In this example, cell C10 has a VALUE formula associated with it. So, C10 is a result cell. The argument of the VALUE function is “abc” which is the text in an inappropriate format and hence the value cannot be processed. As a result, #VALUE! is returned indicating the error in value.

#### Example #6 – Error in NAME

In this example, cell D2 has a VALUE formula in excel associated with it. So, D2 is a result cell. The argument of VALUE function is *ppp* which is the text in an inappropriate format i.e. without double quotes (“”) and hence the value cannot be processed.

As a result, #NAME! is returned indicating the error is with the name provided. The same would be valid even if a valid text value is entered but not enclosed in the double-quotes. E.g.: VALUE (123) shall return #NAME! as a result.

#### Example #7 – Text with NEGATIVE VALUE

In this example, cell D4 has a VALUE formula associated with it. So, D4 is a result cell. The argument of VALUE function is *“-1”* which is the text containing a negative value. As a result, the corresponding value -1 is returned by the VALUE function Excel.

#### Example #8 – Text with FRACTIONAL VALUE

In this example, cell D6 has a VALUE formula in excel associated with it. So, D6 is a result cell. The argument of the VALUE function in Excel is *“0.89”* which is the text containing a fractional value. As a result, the corresponding value 0.89 is returned by the VALUE function.

### Things to Remember

- The VALUE function converts the text into a numeric value.
- It converts the formatted text such as date or time format into a numeric value.
- However, the text to number conversion is normally taken care of by Excel by default. So, the VALUE function is not explicitly required.
- It is more useful when the MS Excel data is to be made compatible with the other similar spreadsheet applications.
- It processes any numeric value less or greater than or equal to zero.
- It processes any fractional values less or greater than or equal to zero.
- The text entered as a parameter which is to be converted into the number must be enclosed within double-quotes. If not done so, #NAME! is returned indicating the error with the NAME entered.
- If a non-numeric text such as alphabets is entered as the parameter, then the same cannot be processed by the VALUE function in Excel and returns #VALUE! as a result, indicating the error is with the VALUE generated.

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