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A to Z of Excel Functions: The CODE Function

7 August 2017

Welcome back to our regular A to Z of Excel Functions blog.  Today we look at the CODE function.

The CODE function

If you find it CODE outside, this function may assist you.  CODE returns a numeric code (great dictionary definition) for the first character in a text string.  The returned code corresponds to the character set used by your computer.

The CODE function employs the following syntax to operate:


The CODE function has the following arguments:

  •  text: this is required and represents the text for which you want the code of the first character.

 Please see my example below: 

We’ll continue our A to Z of Excel Functions soon. Keep checking back – there’s a new blog post every other business day.

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