The Excel N function is a simple yet useful function that helps you determine whether a given value is a number or not. It returns either a 1 (for true, indicating a number) or a 0 (for false, indicating a non-number).

## Syntax

**N(value)**

## Arguments

value | The value you want to check if it’s a number or not. |

## How to use

Using the Excel N function is quite straightforward. You simply provide a value as an argument, and the function will return 1 if the value is a number and 0 if it’s not. Let’s look at some examples:

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=N(5) |

This formula will return 1 because 5 is a number.

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=N("Hello") |

This formula will return 0 because “Hello” is not a number.

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=N(TRUE) |

This formula will return 1 because Excel treats the logical value TRUE as the number 1.

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=N(FALSE) |

This formula will return 1 as well, as Excel considers the logical value FALSE as the number 0.

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=N("12345") |

This formula will return 1 because even though the value is in quotes, it represents a number in string form.

## Additional Information

The Excel N function is particularly useful in data analysis and conditional formatting. It helps you quickly determine the numerical nature of a value, which can be essential when working with spreadsheets and performing calculations.