I've been trying this for a while without success.

  • I'm trying to assign the numbers 1-9 to letters of the alphabet A-Z (A=1 B=2 C=3 D=4 E=5 F=6 G=7 H=8 I=9 J=1 K=2 L=3 etc.)

  • I want to be able to type a word and have the numbers corresponding to each letter show up, e.g. AND would be 154, FALL would be 6133.

  • In another cell I want to be able to sum up the digits of the number, e.g. AND would be 1+5+4 = 10. FALL = 6+1+3+3 = 13.


Depending on your version of Excel, you can use:

Digits: =CONCAT(MOD(CODE(MID(H2,SEQUENCE(LEN(H2)),1))-65,9)+1)
Sum:    =SUM(MOD(CODE(MID(H2,SEQUENCE(LEN(H2)),1))-65,9)+1)

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If your version does not have the SEQUENCE function, you can replace it with:


If you do not have the CONCAT function, VBA might be a better choice.


You can use VBA functions for that:

Public Function AlphaToDigits(s)
    Dim d As String
    For i = 1 To Len(s)
        d = d & CStr(((Asc(Mid(s, i, 1)) - 65) Mod 9) + 1)
    AlphaToDigits = d
End Function

Public Function SumStringDigits(s)
    Dim n As Long
    For i = 1 To Len(s)
        n = n + CInt(Mid(s, i, 1))
    SumStringDigits = n
End Function

For example, with =AlphaToDigits(A1) etc. in column B and =SumStringDigits(B1) etc. in column C:

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In case you haven't discovered macros in Excel, here's Microsoft's instructions on how to create them: Create custom functions in Excel.

  1. Your Word say "ORANGE" is there in Cell A1

  2. Split the word in single letter, on the right side by entering formula :

  3. B1=MID($A$1,1,1); C1=MID($A$1,2,1); D1=MID($A$1,3,1).....So on....

  4. Leaving One Row, for clarity : In Cell B3 Enter Formula Given in Step 5.

  5. B3 =IF(CODE(B1)<=73,CODE(B1)-64, IF(CODE(B1)<=82,CODE(B1)-73, IF(CODE(B1)<=90,CODE(B1)-82,0)))

  6. COPY Formula of Cell B3, in C3, D3, E3, F3,......etc.

  7. For SUM, enter formula in say, M3 = SUM(B3:K3)

  8. On entering formula in B3..to G3, we get, values as : 691575 and Sum=33.


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