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HOW TO USE TEXT FUNCTION IN GOOGLE SHEETS

INTRODUCTION

TEXT FUNCTION is found under the TEXT FUNCTION CATEGORY of GOOGLE SHEETS.

TEXT FUNCTION is specially created to format the values and make them more readable as per our requirement.

 

TEXT FUNCTION converts the number into text , changes the format of the number and gives it custom format as per the code passed to the function.This function is useful at many places such as handling date and time. Removing time from the date or removing date from the long date etc.
Text function can also be used to combine text and number with any symbols etc.
 

 


PURPOSE OF TEXT FUNCTION IN GOOGLE SHEETS

TEXT FUNCTION allows us to format our number into more readable format. There are several standard codes by the use of which we can customize the format for better readability.

Simply saying it is just the way to change the format of the cell just like we change the format using the CHANGE FORMAT DIALOG BOX.

PREREQUISITES TO LEARN TEXT FUNCTION

THERE ARE A FEW PREREQUISITES WHICH WILL ENABLE YOU TO UNDERSTAND THIS FUNCTION IN A BETTER WAY.

 

  •  Basic understanding of how to use a formula or function.
  •  Basic understanding of rows and columns in Excel.
  •  A basic understanding of the formats in google sheets will be helpful.
  •  Of course, Excel software.
 

SYNTAX: TEXT FUNCTION IN GOOGLE SHEETS

The Syntax for the TEXT function in Excel is

=TEXT ( VALUE TO BE FORMATTED , FORMAT CODE WHICH IS TO BE APPLIED )

VALUE TO BE FORMATTED This is the value on which we want to operate and change the format. It can be a number, date or time.

FORMAT CODE  is the code of the format which is to be applied on the given value.

DIFFERENT FORMATS IN TEXT FUNCTION

In simple words, TEXT FUNCTION changes the format of the cells. We can use any format using the Text function and perform various functions such as

  • applying leading zeros,
  • putting the comma after a fixed number of digits for currency
  • extracting date and time from a long date.
  • converting the format of date or time
  • creating any special phone numbers  and many more.
    We’ll try them in the example discussed below.

    CONCEPT OF TEXT FUNCTION IN GOOGLE SHEETS

    The concept of text function is simple.

    As the first argument, we have the value on which we want to operate. As the second argument , we tell the TEXT FUNCTION, in which format we want to see the value.

    Read the following statement twice.

    THE NUMBERS CAN BE DENOTED BY A 0 , # OR ? FOR TELLING THE TEXT FUNCTION  ABOUT THE FORMAT WE WANT.

    THE TIME AND DATE RECOGNIZES HH FOR HOURS IN NUMBERS , MM FOR MINUTES [NUMBER ], SS FOR SECONDS [ NUMBER ], MM FOR MONTHS DD FOR DATE AND YY OR YYYY FOR YEARS. [ Exhaustive list is given below ]

    • d for the day of the month as a single digit [ 1,2...30,31 ] .

    • dd for the day of the month as double digits [ 01, 02....30, 31 ] .

    • ddd for the short name of the day [ Mon, Tue, Wed..] .

    • dddd for the full name of the day of the week. [Monday, Tuesday,….Sunday ].

    • m for the month of the year as a single digit [ 1, 2 ,…..,12]. The same letter ‘m’ is used for minutes also if it is used with hh or ss as time. [ hh is for hours and ss is for seconds ].

    • mm for the month of the year as two digits [ 01, 02, …. 12 ] The same code ‘mm’ is used for minutes also if used with hh or ss as time.

    • mmm for the short name of the month of the year. [ Jan, Feb, Mar….]

    • mmmm for the full name of the month of the year. [ January, February…]

    • mmmmm for the first letter in the month of the year. [ J for JANUARY, F for FEBRUARY and so on ]

    • yy for the year as two digits. [ 19, 20, 21 …]

    • yyyy for the year as four digits. [ 2020, 2021 … ]

    • HH for the hour on a 24-hour clock. [ two digits of the hour 11, 12,…]

    • hh for the hour on a 12-hour clock. [ two digits of the hour 01, 02…]

    • ss for the seconds in a time.

    • ss.000 for milliseconds in a time.

    • AM/PM for displaying hours based on a 12-hour clock and showing AM or PM depending on the time of day.

    Keeping these points in mind let us try to put this theory into action.

    Suppose we have a 9 (Nine) number digit say 1234546789 and we want to put a hyphen (-) at position after 2 digits and  6 digits from the right. Let us create format for this.

    We’ll use the formula

    =TEXT(123456789, “###-####-##”) or

    =TEXT(123456789, “000-0000-00”) or

    =TEXT(123456789, “???-????-??”)

    All of them would give the result as 123-4567-89

    But there is one difference in all the three when it comes to show the significant and non significant digits.

    # IGNORES THE NON SIGNIFICANT ZEROES. IF ANY 0 IS AT THE STARTING OR END OF THE NUMBER, IT’LL BE REMOVED.

    0 HONORS THE NON SIGNIFICANT ZEROES. IF THE 0 IS AT THE STARTING OR AT THE END OF THE NUMBER [ AFTER THE DECIMAL] IT’LL BE RETAINED.

     

    Similarly , we can try any format. For the help we can use the FORMAT DIALOG BOX TOO. which can be opened easily by CTRL+1 or RIGHT CLICK>FORMAT CELLS.

    google sheets text function
    TEXT FUNCTION IN GOOGLE SHEETS

    EXAMPLES :TEXT FUNCTION IN GOOGLE SHEETS

    DATA SAMPLE

    Let us try to convert various formats using the TEXT FUNCTION.

    VALUEPLANNEDRESULTFORMULA USED
    5463CURRENCY WITH $ AND SEPARATOR$5,463=TEXT(F6,”$#,#00″)
    3216546123() IN THE FIRST THREE DIGITS(321)-6546123″)=TEXT(F7,”(###)-######0″)”)
    6/30/2020EXTRACT DATE AND MONTH30/06=TEXT(F8,”dd/mm”)
    18:30:54EXTRACT HRS AND MINUTES18:30=TEXT(F9,”hh:mm”)
        
    CURRENT DATEPUT DATE IN YY/DD/MM FORMAT20/28/11=TEXT(Today(),”YY/DD/MM”)
    6/30/2020DAYTuesday=TEXT(F12,”DDDD”)
    6/30/2020MONTHJune=TEXT(F13,”MMMM”)
    0.321PERCENTAGE UPTO 1 DECIMAL32.1%=TEXT(F14,”#.0%”)
    0.321PERCENTAGE UPTO 2 DECIMAL32.10%=TEXT(F15,”#.00%”)
    4.25FRACTION4 1/4=TEXT(F16,”# ?/?”)
    17.33FRACTION52/3=TEXT(F17,”?/?”)
    18:53TIME WITH AM/PM6:53 PM=TEXT(F18,”H:MM AM/PM”)
    EXAMPLES SHOWING THE USAGE OF TEXT FUNCTION IN GOOGLE SHEETS

    STEPS TO USE TEXT FUNCTION

    Many examples has been shown above to use the TEXT FUNCTION.

    The generalized steps are following.

    •  Place the cursor where you want to get the output.
    • Put the formula =Text(Value, “Format in the way you want the output”).
    • The answer would appear.
    For the reference , the above examples can be taken for help.

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