# Excel Macro: Convert Numbers Into Words

Excel does not have a default function to display numbers as English words in a worksheet, but you can do it with VBA. This function allows you to convert dollar and cent amounts to words using a formula, so `99.99` would read as `Ninety Nine Dollars and Ninety Nine Cents`. This can be very useful if you are using Excel as a template to print checks.

If you want to convert numeric values to text format without displaying them as words, use the TEXT function.

## Convert Numbers Into Words

``````'------------------ Modules ------------------
'Main Function
Function ConvertNumber(ByVal MyNumber)

Dim Dollars, Cents, Temp
Dim DecimalPlace, Count
ReDim Place(9) As String

Place(2) = " Thousand "
Place(3) = " Million "
Place(4) = " Billion "
Place(5) = " Trillion "

' String representation of amount.
MyNumber = Trim(Str(MyNumber))

' Position of decimal place 0 if none.
DecimalPlace = InStr(MyNumber, ".")

' Convert cents and set MyNumber to dollar amount.
If DecimalPlace > 0 Then
Cents = GetTens(Left(Mid(MyNumber, DecimalPlace + 1) & "00", 2))
MyNumber = Trim(Left(MyNumber, DecimalPlace - 1))
End If

Count = 1

Do While MyNumber <> ""
Temp = GetHundreds(Right(MyNumber, 3))
If Temp <> "" Then Dollars = Temp & Place(Count) & Dollars

If Len(MyNumber) > 3 Then
MyNumber = Left(MyNumber, Len(MyNumber) - 3)
Else
MyNumber = ""
End If

Count = Count + 1
Loop

Select Case Dollars
Case ""
Dollars = "No Dollars"
Case "One"
Dollars = "One Dollar"
Case Else
Dollars = Dollars & " Dollars"
End Select

Select Case Cents
Case ""
Cents = " and No Cents"
Case "One"
Cents = " and One Cent"
Case Else
Cents = " and " & Cents & " Cents"
End Select

ConvertNumber = Dollars & Cents

End Function

' Converts a number from 100-999 into text
Function GetHundreds(ByVal MyNumber)

Dim Result As String

If Val(MyNumber) = 0 Then Exit Function

MyNumber = Right("000" & MyNumber, 3)

' Convert the hundreds place.
If Mid(MyNumber, 1, 1) <> "0" Then
Result = GetDigit(Mid(MyNumber, 1, 1)) & " Hundred "
End If

' Convert the tens and ones place.
If Mid(MyNumber, 2, 1) <> "0" Then
Result = Result & GetTens(Mid(MyNumber, 2))
Else
Result = Result & GetDigit(Mid(MyNumber, 3))
End If

GetHundreds = Result

End Function

' Converts a number from 10 to 99 into text.
Function GetTens(TensText)

Dim Result As String

Result = "" ' Null out the temporary function value.

If Val(Left(TensText, 1)) = 1 Then ' If value between 10-19...
Select Case Val(TensText)
Case 10: Result = "Ten"
Case 11: Result = "Eleven"
Case 12: Result = "Twelve"
Case 13: Result = "Thirteen"
Case 14: Result = "Fourteen"
Case 15: Result = "Fifteen"
Case 16: Result = "Sixteen"
Case 17: Result = "Seventeen"
Case 18: Result = "Eighteen"
Case 19: Result = "Nineteen"
Case Else
End Select
Else ' If value between 20-99...
Select Case Val(Left(TensText, 1))
Case 2: Result = "Twenty "
Case 3: Result = "Thirty "
Case 4: Result = "Forty "
Case 5: Result = "Fifty "
Case 6: Result = "Sixty "
Case 7: Result = "Seventy "
Case 8: Result = "Eighty "
Case 9: Result = "Ninety "
Case Else
End Select
Result = Result & GetDigit(Right(TensText, 1)) ' Retrieve ones place.
End If

GetTens = Result

End Function

' Converts a number from 1 to 9 into text.
Function GetDigit(Digit)
Select Case Val(Digit)
Case 1: GetDigit = "One"
Case 2: GetDigit = "Two"
Case 3: GetDigit = "Three"
Case 4: GetDigit = "Four"
Case 5: GetDigit = "Five"
Case 6: GetDigit = "Six"
Case 7: GetDigit = "Seven"
Case 8: GetDigit = "Eight"
Case 9: GetDigit = "Nine"
Case Else: GetDigit = ""
End Select
End Function``````

## Use the ConvertNumber function

Type the formula `=ConvertNumber(A1)` into the cell where you want to display a written number, where A1 is the cell containing the number you want to convert.

You can also manually type the value like `=ConvertNumber(22.50)`.

## How to Use This Macro

Most VBA code should be placed in Standard Modules unless specified.

If you see a comment `'------------------ Modules------------------` in the code header that means put the code in a Standard Module. For more information, learn this course: Where should I put the Excel VBA code?

The following steps teach you how to put VBA code into a Standard Module:

1. Activate the Visual Basic Editor by pressing ALT + F11.
2. Right-click the project/workbook name in the Project Window.
3. Choose Insert -> Module.
4. Type or paste the code in the newly created module. You will probably need to change the sheet name, the range address, and the save location.
5. Click Run button on the Visual Basic Editor toolbar.