CODE function

This article describes the formula syntax and usage of the CODE function in Microsoft Excel.

Description

Returns a numeric code for the first character in a text string. The returned code corresponds to the character set used by your computer.

Operating environment

Character set

Macintosh

Macintosh character set

Windows

ANSI

Syntax

CODE(text)

The CODE function syntax has the following arguments:

  • Text    Required. The text for which you want the code of the first character.

Example

Copy the example data in the following table, and paste it in cell A1 of a new Excel worksheet. For formulas to show results, select them, press F2, and then press Enter. If you need to, you can adjust the column widths to see all the data.

Formula

Description

Result

=CODE("A")

Displays the numeric code for A

65

=CODE("!")

Displays the numeric code for !

33

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