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MS Excel: CHAR Function (WS)

This Excel tutorial explains how to use the Excel CHAR function with syntax and examples.


The Microsoft Excel CHAR function returns the character based on the ASCII value.


The syntax for the CHAR function in Microsoft Excel is:

CHAR( ascii_value )

Parameters or Arguments

The ASCII value used to retrieve the character.

Applies To

The CHAR function can be used in the following versions of Microsoft Excel:

  • Excel 2016, Excel 2013, Excel 2011 for Mac, Excel 2010, Excel 2007, Excel 2003, Excel XP, Excel 2000

Type of Excel Function

The CHAR function can be used in Microsoft Excel as the following type of function:

  • Worksheet function (WS)

Example (as Worksheet Function)

Let's look at some Excel CHAR function examples and explore how to use the CHAR function as a worksheet function in Microsoft Excel:

Microsoft Excel

Based on the Excel spreadsheet above, the following CHAR examples would return:

Result: "v"

Result: "@"

Result: "H"

Result: "m"

View a listing of the ASCII values.