Returning an ANSI Value

You may have a need to determine the ANSI value of the text in a particular cell. You can do this using the CODE worksheet function. This function returns a numeric value that represents the ANSI value of the first letter in the referenced cell. For instance, if cell A1 contains the text “My Stuff,” and that B1 contains the following:

=CODE(A1)

In this instance, B1 will have a result of 77, which is the ANSI value of M, the first character in A1.

If the value in the referenced cell is numeric (such as 34 or 2798), then the CODE function treats the numeric value as if it were text and returns the ANSI value of the first digit in the value. Thus, if A1 contained 34, then CODE would return 51, which is the ANSI value of “3.”