Excel 2013 and Excel 2016 don’t have a default function that displays numbers as English words in a spreadsheet cell, but you can add this capability by pasting the SpellNumber function code into a module sheet. This function lets you convert dollar and cent amounts to words.
If you want to convert numeric values to text format without displaying them as words, use the TEXT function instead.
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Create the SpellNumber function to convert numbers to words
Use the keyboard shortcut, Alt + F11 to open the Visual Basic Editor.
Note: You can also access the Visual Basic Editor by showing the Developer tab in your ribbon.
Click the Insert tab, and click Module.
Copy the following lines of code.
Note: Known as a macro function, this code automates the task of converting numbers to text throughout your spreadsheet.
Function SpellNumber(ByVal MyNumber)
Dim Dollars, Cents, Temp
Dim DecimalPlace, Count
ReDim Place(9) As String
Place(2) = " Thousand "
Place(3) = " Million "
Place(4) = " Billion "
Place(5) = " Trillion "
' String representation of amount.
MyNumber = Trim(Str(MyNumber))
' Position of decimal place 0 if none.
DecimalPlace = InStr(MyNumber, ".")
' Convert cents and set MyNumber to dollar amount.
If DecimalPlace > 0 Then
Cents = GetTens(Left(Mid(MyNumber, DecimalPlace + 1) & _ "00", 2))
MyNumber = Trim(Left(MyNumber, DecimalPlace - 1))
Count = 1
Do While MyNumber <> ""
Temp = GetHundreds(Right(MyNumber, 3))
If Temp <> "" Then Dollars = Temp & Place(Count) & Dollars
If Len(MyNumber) > 3 Then
MyNumber = Left(MyNumber, Len(MyNumber) - 3)
MyNumber = ""
Count = Count + 1
Select Case Dollars
Dollars = "No Dollars"
Dollars = "One Dollar"
Dollars = Dollars & " Dollars"
Select Case Cents
Cents = " and No Cents"
Cents = " and One Cent"
Cents = " and " & Cents & " Cents"
SpellNumber = Dollars & Cents
' Converts a number from 100-999 into text
Function GetHundreds(ByVal MyNumber)
Dim Result As String
If Val(MyNumber) = 0 Then Exit Function
MyNumber = Right("000" & MyNumber, 3)
' Convert the hundreds place.
If Mid(MyNumber, 1, 1) <> "0" Then
Result = GetDigit(Mid(MyNumber, 1, 1)) & " Hundred "
' Convert the tens and ones place.
If Mid(MyNumber, 2, 1) <> "0" Then
Result = Result & GetTens(Mid(MyNumber, 2))
Result = Result & GetDigit(Mid(MyNumber, 3))
GetHundreds = Result
' Converts a number from 10 to 99 into text.
Dim Result As String
Result = "" ' Null out the temporary function value.
If Val(Left(TensText, 1)) = 1 Then ' If value between 10-19...
Select Case Val(TensText)
Case 10: Result = "Ten"
Case 11: Result = "Eleven"
Case 12: Result = "Twelve"
Case 13: Result = "Thirteen"
Case 14: Result = "Fourteen"
Case 15: Result = "Fifteen"
Case 16: Result = "Sixteen"
Case 17: Result = "Seventeen"
Case 18: Result = "Eighteen"
Case 19: Result = "Nineteen"
Else ' If value between 20-99...
Select Case Val(Left(TensText, 1))
Case 2: Result = "Twenty "
Case 3: Result = "Thirty "
Case 4: Result = "Forty "
Case 5: Result = "Fifty "
Case 6: Result = "Sixty "
Case 7: Result = "Seventy "
Case 8: Result = "Eighty "
Case 9: Result = "Ninety "
Result = Result & GetDigit _
(Right(TensText, 1)) ' Retrieve ones place.
GetTens = Result
' Converts a number from 1 to 9 into text.
Select Case Val(Digit)
Case 1: GetDigit = "One"
Case 2: GetDigit = "Two"
Case 3: GetDigit = "Three"
Case 4: GetDigit = "Four"
Case 5: GetDigit = "Five"
Case 6: GetDigit = "Six"
Case 7: GetDigit = "Seven"
Case 8: GetDigit = "Eight"
Case 9: GetDigit = "Nine"
Case Else: GetDigit = ""
Paste the lines of code into the Module1 (Code) box.
Click File, and click Close and Return to Microsoft Excel. The SpellNumber function is now ready to use.
Note: This function works only for the current Excel file you have open. To use this function in another Excel workbook, you must repeat the steps to copy and paste the code in that file.
Use the SpellNumber function in individual cells
Type the formula =SpellNumber(value) into the cell where you want to display a written number, replacing value with your number of choice.
On your keyboard, press Enter.
For example, if you type =SpellNumber(22.50), the cell should read Twenty-Two Dollars and Fifty Cents.
Tip: To convert numbers to text in a separate cell, replace the numeric value with a cell reference in the SpellNumber formula. For example, type =SpellNumber(A1) to display the written value of cell A1.
Save your SpellNumber function workbook
Excel cannot save a workbook with macro functions in the standard macro-free workbook format. If you click File > Save. A VB project dialog box opens. Click No.
You can save your file as an Excel Macro-Enabled Template to keep your file in its current format.
Click File > Save As.
Click the Save as type drop-down menu, and select Excel Macro-Enabled Template.