Converts a provided date/time, percentage, currency or other formatted numeric value to a pure number without formatting.

Sample Usage





  • value - The argument or reference to a cell to be converted to a pure number.

    • If value is a number or a reference to a cell containing a numeric value, TO_PURE_NUMBER returns value with all formatting and interpretation removed.

    • If value is not a number or a reference to a cell containing a numeric value, TO_PERCENT returns value without modification.


  • TO_PURE_NUMBER is similar to applying Format -> Number -> Normal from the menu bar, except that the Normal format includes commas denoting thousands, millions, etc.

  • TO_PURE_NUMBER is similar to N, except that N returns 0 for non-numeric values except for TRUE which returns 1, whereas TO_PURE_NUMBER returns the value passed without modification for all non-numeric types.

See Also

TO_TEXT: Converts a provided numeric value to a text value.

TO_PERCENT: Converts a provided number to a percentage.

TO_DOLLARS: Converts a provided number to a dollar value.

TO_DATE: Converts a provided number to a date.

N: Returns the argument provided as a number.


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