Extracts the phonetic (furigana) characters from a text string.



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


  • 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.


If cells C4 contains "Tokyo Tokyo Tokyo " and cell B7 contains "Osaka Osaka Osaka ", the following are true:

=PHONETIC(C4) equals "Tokyo Tokyo Tokyo Tokyo Tokyo Tokyo "
=PHONETIC(B7) equals "Osaka Osaka Osaka Osaka Osaka "
Applies to:
Excel 2003