PHONETIC Function

Description

PHONETIC Function extracts the phonetic (furigana) characters from a text string.

Syntax

PHONETIC(reference)

Parameters

Reference Required. Text string or a reference to a single cell or a range of cells that contain a furigana text string.

Remarks

  • If reference is a range of cells, the furigana text string in the upper-left corner cell of the range is returned.
  • If the reference is a range of nonadjacent cells, the #N/A error value is returned.

Examples

Example 1

The example may be easier to understand if you copy A1:C4 to a blank worksheet.

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Data
さしすせそ
Formula Result Description
=PHONETIC(A2) サシスセソ extracts the phonetic (furigana) characters from a text string.

Example 2: Combine the Contents of Multiple Cells

The example may be easier to understand if you copy A1:C11 to a blank worksheet.

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#VALUE!
2013
TRUE
FALSE
=LEFT("Microsoft2013",3)
2014-11-11
14:33:15
Function
Formula Result Description
=PHONETIC(A2:A11) Excel Function joins text strings into one text string.

NOTE: PHONETIC function ignore error values, logical values, formula, date values, time values, and numbers, only text can be joined.

Another example: Combine the Contents of Multiple Cells Into One Cell

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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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