CHAR function

This article describes the formula syntax and usage of the CHAR function (function: A prewritten formula that takes a value or values, performs an operation, and returns a value or values. Use functions to simplify and shorten formulas on a worksheet, especially those that perform lengthy or complex calculations.) in Microsoft Excel.

Description

Returns the character specified by a number. Use CHAR to translate code page numbers you might get from files on other types of computers into characters.

Operating environment Character set
Macintosh Macintosh character set
Windows ANSI

Syntax

CHAR(number)

The CHAR function syntax has the following arguments (argument: A value that provides information to an action, an event, a method, a property, a function, or a procedure.):

  • Number    Required. A number between 1 and 255 specifying which character you want. The character is from the character set used by your computer.

 Note    Excel Web App supports only CHAR(9), CHAR(10), CHAR(13), and CHAR(32) and above.

Example

The example may be easier to understand if you copy it to a blank worksheet.

ShowHow do I copy an example?

  1. Select the example in this article. If you are copying the example in Excel Online, copy and paste one cell at a time.
    Important: Do not select the row or column headers.

Selecting an example from Help

Selecting an example from Help

  1. Press CTRL+C.
  2. Create a blank workbook or worksheet.
  3. In the worksheet, select cell A1, and press CTRL+V. If you are working in Excel Online, repeat copying and pasting for each cell in the example.
    Important: For the example to work properly, you must paste it into cell A1 of the worksheet.
  4. To switch between viewing the results and viewing the formulas that return the results, press CTRL+` (grave accent), or on the Formulas tab, in the Formula Auditing group, click the Show Formulas button.

After you copy the example to a blank worksheet, you can adapt it to suit your needs.

 
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Formula Description (Result)
=CHAR(65) Displays the 65 character in the set (A)
=CHAR(33) Displays the 33 character in the set (!)
 
 
Applies to:
Excel 2010, Excel Web App, SharePoint Online for enterprises, SharePoint Online for professionals and small businesses