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HOW TO: Convert Numbers(Currency) Into English Words In Excel

Microsoft Excel indeed solves accounting records problem. Thus, it's quite the one of the best tools among users including me. 

But there are limitation with this powerful program, sometimes, we need to convert number currency (Peso, Dollar, Euros, GPC, pounds etc) to English Words, and Excel don't have this built-in function.

  • 123 to "one hundred and twenty three"
  • $123 to "one hundred and twenty three dollars"
  • $123.50 to "one hundred and twenty three dollars and fifty cents"
  • Php 123.00 to "one hundred and twenty three pesos"
  • Php 123.50 to "one hundred and twenty three pesos and fifty centavos"
However, the good thing is, they made a function module. (found on honestly, it gives me great deal with it. I don't need to reinvent the wheel from scratch.

Here it goes:

HOW TO: Convert Numbers(Currency) Into English Words In Excel

1. Open Microsoft Excel
2. Press ALT+F11 on your keyboard to open Microsoft Visual Basic window.
3. Then, Choose Insert menu then click Module
4. Copy the following code and paste on that module window

Option Explicit
'Main Function
Function SpellNumber(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)
            MyNumber = ""
        End If
        Count = Count + 1
    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
    SpellNumber = 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))
        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
Take note: the currency is dollar therefore depends on your location, you need to change the text above. The function yields to these results:

Notice that if there is no decimal point it will add "No Cents". In real world, there is no need to put such words. Ideally, the "only" word shall put at the last of those sentences.

You can still edit it in the code above.

Tip: No need to manually type over again that function. All you need is to point and drag down until it displays result. See below in action.

You will notice that it is not capitalized. If you wish to convert it to ALL UPPER CASE then good thing, Excel has built-in ALL CAPS. Thanks to function UPPER().

5. Then you close that window. In your Excel window, try to type =SpellNumber you will notice, if successfully embedded, display the function.

By the way, the function is called SpellNumber(Cell) (try to see above code)

6. There you have it! After accomplishing the desired output, you need to SAVE it to macro-enabled format. At first, it will prompt something like this:

As per instruction, you need to save it in a macro-enabled to include the function code. Therefore, click NO, and start choosing .xlsm file format.

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