CODE Function

Description

The CODE function returns a numeric code for the first character in a text string.

If you want to return the character specified by the code number, please use CHAR Function.

Syntax

CODE(text)

Parameters

Text Required. The text for which you want the code of the first character.

Examples

Example 1

The example may be easier to understand if you copy A1:C5 to a blank worksheet.

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Formula Result Description
=CODE("Apple") 65 Displays the numeric code for Apple (the first character, 65)
=CODE("A") 65 Displays the numeric code for A (65).
=CODE("a") 97 Displays the numeric code for a (97)
=CODE("℃") 64 Displays the numeric code for ℃ (41446)

If you remember the code of a symbol, you can fast input it with follow tip:

For example: you know the code of ℃ is 41446 (CODE("℃")=41446), hold down the ALT key, type 4 1 4 4 6 on the number pad, then releasing ALT, it will enter ℃ symbol.

Example 2: Data validation - check for alphabetic characters only

If cell A1 contains a text string, the below formula will check it is all alphabetic characters:

=AND(N(CODE(RIGHT(UPPER(A1),ROW(INDIRECT("1:"&LEN(A1)))))>{64,90})={1,0})

Note that this is a array formula, please end this formula with CTRL SHIFT ENTER.

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See also: Excel text functions

ASC
Changes full-width (double-byte) English letters or katakana within a character string to half-width (single-byte) characters
BAHTTEXT
Converts a number to text, using the ß (baht) currency format
CHAR
Returns the character specified by the code number
CLEAN
Removes all nonprintable characters from text
CODE
Returns a numeric code for the first character in a text string
CONCATENATE
Joins several text items into one text item
DOLLAR
Converts a number to text, using the $ (dollar) currency format
EXACT
Checks to see if two text values are identical
FIND, FINDB
Finds one text value within another (case-sensitive)
FIXED
Formats a number as text with a fixed number of decimals
WIDECHAR
Changes half-width (single-byte) English letters or katakana within a character string to full-width (double-byte) characters
LEFT, LEFTB
Returns the leftmost characters from a text value
LEN, LENB
Returns the number of characters in a text string
LOWER
Converts text to lowercase
MID, MIDB
Returns a specific number of characters from a text string starting at the position you specify
PHONETIC
Extracts the phonetic (furigana) characters from a text string
PROPER
Capitalizes the first letter in each word of a text value
REPLACE, REPLACEB
Replaces characters within text
REPT
Repeats text a given number of times
RIGHT, RIGHTB
Returns the rightmost characters from a text value
SEARCH, SEARCHB
Finds one text value within another (not case-sensitive)
SUBSTITUTE
Substitutes new text for old text in a text string
T
Converts its arguments to text
TEXT
Formats a number and converts it to text
TRIM
Removes spaces from text
UPPER
Converts text to uppercase
VALUE
Converts a text argument to a number

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