# VALUE Function

Converts a text string that represents a number to a number.

## Syntax

```
VALUE(<text>)
```

## Parameters

Term |
Definition |
---|---|

text |
The text to be converted. |

## Return Value

The converted number in decimal data type.

## Remarks

The value passed as the text parameter can be in any of the constant, number, date, or time formats recognized by Microsoft Excel and the PowerPivot Add-in. If text is not in one of these formats, an error is returned. For more information about PowerPivot data types, see Data Types Supported in PowerPivot Workbooks.

You do not generally need to use the VALUE function in a formula because the PowerPivot add-in implicitly converts text to numbers as necessary.

You can also use column references. For example, if you have a column that contains mixed number types, VALUE can be used to convert all values to a single numeric data type. However, if you use the VALUE function with a column that contains mixed numbers and text, the entire column is flagged with an error, because not all values in all rows can be converted to numbers.

## Example

The following formula converts the typed string, "3", into the numeric value 3.

```
=VALUE("3")
```