#### Assign number value to a field with text in it?

```Is this possible to do?

I want a cell to have a number assigned to it, but display text in the
cell, so I can use the cell in a mathmatical formula.

I'm using Excel 2003 to track how many seats I have left in each
conference room. I want the name of a room to equal a number.
For example: I want the text "Executive Room A" to equal 105

Does anyone know a way to do this with out putting them in different
fields.

-Sharon

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```You may want to use Help to learn about VLOOKUP.
You can make a table on say Sheet2 with the room names and seating capacity.
The in Sheet I you can use the name in say A1 to lookup the seating
capacity. Suppose B1 has the expected number of people, In C1 use something
like  IF(VLOOKUP(A1,Sheet2!A1:B25,2,FALSE)<B1,"Too few seats","OK")
Bernard

"sleland >" <<sleland.zo3v2@excelforum-nospam.com> wrote in message
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> Is this possible to do?
>
> I want a cell to have a number assigned to it, but display text in the
> cell, so I can use the cell in a mathmatical formula.
>
> I'm using Excel 2003 to track how many seats I have left in each
> conference room. I want the name of a room to equal a number.
> For example: I want the text "Executive Room A" to equal 105
>
> Does anyone know a way to do this with out putting them in different
> fields.
>
> -Sharon
>
>
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> Message posted from http://www.ExcelForum.com/
>

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bliengme1 (122)
1/7/2004 3:35:41 PM
```"sleland >" <<sleland.zo3v2@excelforum-nospam.com> wrote in message
news:sleland.zo3v2@excelforum-nospam.com...
> Is this possible to do?
>
> I want a cell to have a number assigned to it, but display text in the
> cell, so I can use the cell in a mathmatical formula.
>
> I'm using Excel 2003 to track how many seats I have left in each
> conference room. I want the name of a room to equal a number.
> For example: I want the text "Executive Room A" to equal 105
>
> Does anyone know a way to do this with out putting them in different
> fields.
>
> -Sharon

You cannot do what you describe. A cell can contain text or a value, but not
both. You can write formulas, such as
=IF(A1="Executive Room A",105,0)
But why not just put the number corresponding to A1 in cell B1?

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Paul
1/7/2004 3:52:44 PM
```sleland,
You could create a VLOOKUP table of your room names and numbers.  Then whereever you want to use the number in a culculation you can insert the formula:

VLOOKUP(lookupvalue,table,2,0)

lookupvalue is the reference to the cell with the room name.
table is the reference to your roomname/roomnumber table.
2 means return the value in the second column of the table.
0 is the same as false, which means only return for an exact match.

Good Luck,
Mark Graesser
mark_graesser@yahoo.com

----- sleland > wrote: -----

Is this possible to do?

I want a cell to have a number assigned to it, but display text in the
cell, so I can use the cell in a mathmatical formula.

I'm using Excel 2003 to track how many seats I have left in each
conference room. I want the name of a room to equal a number.
For example: I want the text "Executive Room A" to equal 105

Does anyone know a way to do this with out putting them in different
fields.

-Sharon

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Message posted from http://www.ExcelForum.com/

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1/7/2004 4:11:16 PM

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