UNICHAR function

This article describes the formula syntax and usage of the UNICHAR 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.


Returns the Unicode character that is referenced by the given numeric value.



The UNICHAR function syntax has the following arguments.

  • Number    Required. Number is the Unicode number that represents the character.


  • The Unicode character that is returned can be a string of characters, for example in UTF-8 or UTF-16 codes.
  • If Unicode numbers are partial surrogates and data types that are not valid, UNICHAR returns the #N/A error value.
  • If numbers are numeric values that fall outside the allowable range, UNICHAR returns the #VALUE! error value.
  • If number is zero (0), UNICHAR returns the #VALUE! error value.


The workbook below shows examples of this function. Inspect them, change existing formulas, or enter your own formulas to learn how the function works.

To work more in-depth with the example data in Excel, download the embedded workbook to your computer, and then open it in Excel.

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Applies to:
Excel 2013, Excel Online