Related Function:

The CHAR function returns the character relating to a supplied number within the character set used by a computer.



Note: The character encoding used may vary across different operating systems and so the CHAR function may return different results on different computers.


Argument Description
number A number between 1 and 255 specifying which character you want. The character is from the character set used by your computer


  A B C D
1 Number Formula Result Notes
2   =CHAR(65) A Uppercase “A” = ANSI # 65
3 97  =CHAR(A3) a Lowercase letters are uppercase + 32
4 =CODE(“B”) =CHAR(A4) B CODE returns 66, which CHAR converts to “B”
    =CHAR(CODE(“B”)) B CODE returns 66, which CHAR converts to “B”
5 10 =CHAR(A5) Line 1
Line 2
Adding line breaks with CHAR(10) = new line (see below)
6 63 =CHAR(A6) ?  

Usage note: CHAR can be useful when you want to specify characters in formulas or functions that are awkward or impossible to type directly. For example:

  • CHAR(10) produces a line break in a formula on Windows, and
  • CHAR(13) produces a line break on the Mac

Common Function Error(s)

Problem What went wrong
#VALUE! Occurs if the supplied number argument is not recognized as a numeric value or is a number outside of the permitted range 1 to 255