# UNICODE function

This article describes the formula syntax and usage of the UNICODE 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 number (code point) corresponding to the first character of the text.

## Syntax

UNICODE(text)

The UNICODE function syntax has the following arguments.

**Text**Required. Text is the character for which you want the Unicode value.

## Remarks

- If text contains partial surrogates or data types that are not valid, UNICODE returns the #VALUE! error value.

## Example

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.