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MS Excel: VAL Function (VBA)

Learn how to use the Excel VAL function with syntax and examples.


The Microsoft Excel VAL function accepts a string as input and returns the numbers found in that string.


The syntax for the Microsoft Excel VAL function is:

Val( string )

Parameters or Arguments

string is a string expression.


  • The VAL function will stop reading the string once it encounters the first non-numeric character. This does not include spaces.

Applies To

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

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

Type of Excel Function

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

  • VBA function (VBA)

Example (as VBA Function)

The VAL function can only be used in VBA code in Microsoft Excel.

Let's look at some Excel VAL function examples and explore how to use the VAL function in Excel VBA code:

Val("10 Main Street") would return 10
Val("34 10 Main Street") would return 3410
Val("  34 10 Main Street") would return 3410
Val("  34 - 10 Main Street") would return 34
Val("075") would return 75

For example:

Dim LNumber As Double

LNumber = Val("56.2 tables")

In this example, the variable called LNumber would now contain the value of 56.2.