# Documentation/How Tos/Calc: VALUE function

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## VALUE

Returns a number, given a text representation.

### Syntax:

**VALUE(text)**

- converts
to a number.**text**may represent: a number, including fractions, exponential notation and (locale dependent) decimal point and thousands separator; a percentage; or a date or time (the datetime serial number is returned).**text**

### Example:

**VALUE("12")**

- returns
as a number.**12**

**VALUE("1,234.56")**

- returns
if your locale recognises the thousands separator ',' and decimal point '.'.**1234.56**

**VALUE("1 1/2")**

- returns
(fraction).**1.5**

**VALUE("1E3")**

- returns
(exponential notation).**1000**

**VALUE("50%")**

- returns
(percentage).**0.5**

**VALUE("2009-04-03")**

- returns the datetime serial number for 3rd April 2009.