MS Excel: ASC Function (VBA)

This Excel tutorial explains how to use the Excel ASC function with syntax and examples.


The Microsoft Excel ASC function returns the of a character or the first character in a string.


The syntax for the Microsoft Excel ASC function is:

Asc( string )

Parameters or Arguments

string is the specified character to retrieve the AscII value for. If there is more than one character, the function will return the AscII value for the first character and ignore all of the characters after the first.

Applies To

The ASC function can be used in the following versions of Microsoft Excel:

  • Excel 2013, Excel 2011 for Mac, Excel 2010, Excel 2007, Excel 2003, Excel XP, Excel 2000

Type of Excel Function

The ASC function can be used in Microsoft Excel as the following type of function:

  • VBA function (VBA)

Example (as VBA Function)

The ASC function can only be used in VBA code in Microsoft Excel.

Let's look at some Excel ASC function examples and explore how to use the ASC function in Excel VBA code:

Asc ("W")
Result: 87

Asc ("Wednesday")
Result: 87

Asc ("x")
Result: 120

For example:

Dim LResult As Integer

LResult = Asc ("W")

In this example, the variable called LResult would now contain the value 87.