Documentation/How Tos/Calc: N function
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N
Returns the numeric value.
Syntax:
N(value)
- returns the numeric value of value if possible. It returns the logical values TRUE and FALSE as 1 and 0 respectively.
- N() is not intended to convert text to a number - use the VALUE() function instead.
Example:
N(123)
- returns 123, because 123 is (already) a number.
N(TRUE)
- returns 1.
N(A3)
- where A3 contains FALSE, returns 0.
Issues:
N() in Calc will convert text to a number, but in Excel it will not. The ODFF standard deliberately does not specify a behaviour. Use VALUE() to convert from text to number.