# Excel VALUE Function

The Excel VALUE function converts text that appears in a recognized format (i.e. a number, date, or time format) into a numeric value. Normally, the VALUE function is not needed in Excel, because Excel automatically converts text to numeric values.

*text*- The text value to convert to a number.

The VALUE function is meant to convert a text value that represents a number into a numeric value. The text can be a date, a time, or any other number, so long as the format can be recognized by Excel. When the conversion is successful, the result is a numeric value with no number formatting. When the VALUE function is unable to convert a text value to a numeric result, the result is a #VALUE! error.

In general, there is no need to use the VALUE function because Excel automatically converts text to numbers as needed. However, VALUE is provided for compatibility with other spreadsheet applications.

- Use the VALUE function to convert text input to a numeric value.
- The VALUE function converts text that appears in a recognized format (i.e. a number, date, or time format) into a numeric value.
- Normally, Excel automatically converts text to numeric values as needed, so the VALUE function is not needed.
- The VALUE function is provided for compatibility with other spreadsheet programs.
- The VALUE function returns #VALUE! when a conversion is unsuccessful.

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