# HEX2OCT function

Converts a hexadecimal number to octal.

Syntax

HEX2OCT(number,places)

Number     is the hexadecimal number you want to convert. Number cannot contain more than 10 characters. The most significant bit of number is the sign bit. The remaining 39 bits are magnitude bits. Negative numbers are represented using two's-complement notation.

Places     is the number of characters to use. If places is omitted, HEX2OCT uses the minimum number of characters necessary. Places is useful for padding the return value with leading 0s (zeros).

Remarks

• If number is negative, HEX2OCT ignores places and returns a 10-character octal number.
• If number is negative, it cannot be less than FFE0000000, and if number is positive, it cannot be greater than 1FFFFFFF.
• If number is not a valid hexadecimal number, HEX2OCT returns the #NUM! error value.
• If HEX2OCT requires more than places characters, it returns the #NUM! error value.
• If places is not an integer, it is truncated.
• If places is nonnumeric, HEX2OCT returns the #VALUE! error value.
• If places is negative, HEX2OCT returns the #NUM! error value.

Example

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

• Create a blank workbook or worksheet.
• Select the example in the Help topic.

Note   Do not select the row or column headers.

Selecting an example from Help
• Press CTRL+C.
• In the worksheet, select cell A1, and press CTRL+V.
• 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.
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Formula Description (Result)
=HEX2OCT("F", 3) Converts hexadecimal F to octal with 3 characters (017)
=HEX2OCT("3B4E") Converts hexadecimal 3B4E to octal (35516)
=HEX2OCT("FFFFFFFF00") Converts hexadecimal FFFFFFFF00 to octal (7777777400)

Applies to:
Excel 2007