This article describes the formula syntax and usage of the PHONETIC 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.
Extracts the phonetic (furigana) characters from a text string.
The PHONETIC 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.):
- Reference Required. 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 " " and cell B7 contains " ", the following are true:
=PHONETIC(C4) equals " "
=PHONETIC(B7) equals " "