We can use the **Excel CODE FUNCTION** to return a **numeric code** for a given **character**. The **CODE function** generates a numeric code for the **first character** in a **text string.** The code is based on the character set used by our computer. The steps below will walk through the process.

*Figure 1: How to Use the Excel CODE Function*

**Syntax**

**=CODE(TEXT)**

**Formula**

**=CODE(A4)**

**Setting up the Data**

- We will set up the data by inputting the
**Characters**in**Column A** **Column B**is where the formula will return the**Numeric code**for the characters in**Column A**

* Figure 2: Setting up the Data*

**Excel CODE Function**

- We will click on
**Cell B4** - We will insert the formula below into the cell

**=CODE(A4)** `We will`

**press the enter key**

* Figure 3: Returned Numeric Code for the First Character (G) in Cell A4*

- We will click on
**Cell B4**again - We will
**double-click**on the fill handle (**the small plus sign at the bottom right of Cell B4**) and drag down to copy the formula into the other cells

*Figure 4: Returned Numeric Codes*

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