If my Unicode character contains more than one hex value in an Excel cell, how do I write a function in Excel to convert it into the corresponding character?

For example: Unicode Hex values in Excel cell: 0B15 0B4D 0B37. Character to be formed out of above values: କ୍ଷ (Odia/Indian language)

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  • possible duplicate of Convert unicode to corresponding text in Excel spreadsheet – CharlieRB May 27 '15 at 13:36
  • I believe that this question is not a duplicate, because the older question addresses only the conversion of a single UTF-16 / UCS-2 code point into a character, whereas this question deals with the compositing of a sequence of combining code points into a single glyph. – Scott May 31 '15 at 21:37

With data like:

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Install the following User Defined Function (UDF):

Public Function qwerty(r As Range) As Variant
   Dim L As Long, CH As String, CH2 As String
   arr = Split(ActiveCell.Text, " ")
   For Each a In arr
      L = Application.WorksheetFunction.Hex2Dec(a)
      CH = ChrW(L)
      CH2 = CH2 & CH
   Next a
   qwerty = CH2
End Function

Then pick some cell, say cell B1, format it to Arial Unicode MS and enter:


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User Defined Functions (UDFs) are very easy to install and use:

  1. ALT-F11 brings up the VBE window
  2. ALT-I ALT-M opens a fresh module
  3. paste the stuff in and close the VBE window

If you save the workbook, the UDF will be saved with it. If you are using a version of Excel later then 2003, you must save the file as .xlsm rather than .xlsx

To remove the UDF:

  1. bring up the VBE window as above
  2. clear the code out
  3. close the VBE window

To use the UDF from Excel:


To learn more about macros in general, see:




and for specifics on UDFs, see:


Macros must be enabled for this to work!

  • I have tried the code, but it is not giving the result as shown. – Ajit Kumar Nayak May 28 '15 at 6:41
  • @AjitKumarNayak Have you used the suggested font?? With the wrong font you will see question marks. – Gary's Student May 28 '15 at 10:59

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