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MS Excel: TEXT Function (WS)

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


The Microsoft Excel TEXT function returns a value converted to text with a specified format.


The syntax for the TEXT function in Microsoft Excel is:

TEXT( value, format )

Parameters or Arguments

The value to convert to text.
The format used to display the result.

Applies To

The TEXT 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 TEXT 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 TEXT function examples and explore how to use the TEXT function as a worksheet function in Microsoft Excel:

Microsoft Excel

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

=TEXT(A1, "$#,##0.00")
Result: "$7,678.87"

=TEXT(A1, "0")
Result: "7679"

=TEXT(A2, "0.0")
Result: "123.7"

=TEXT(1277, "#,##0")
Result: "1,277"

=TEXT(C1, "yyyy/mm/dd")
Result: "2003/12/12"

=TEXT(C1, "mmm dd, yyyy")
Result: "Dec 12, 2003"