UNICODE function

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


Returns the number (code point) corresponding to the first character of the text.



The UNICODE function syntax has the following arguments.

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


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


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.





Returns the unicode number that the space character (a single space inside quotation marks) represents (32).



Returns the unicode number that the uppercase "B" represents (66).


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Applies To: Excel 2016, Excel 2013, Excel 2016 for Mac, Excel for Mac 2011, Excel Online, Excel for iPad, Excel for iPhone, Excel for Android tablets, Excel for Android phones

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