# TextJoin Returns Number as Text

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#### Pulsar3000

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Hello:

The formula in cell T2 returns a number as text. Column I has a date (it matches a date between two other dates based on the name of a place in a different sheet) and seems to be the issue but I'm not sure. I used the Value function and adding a zero at the end and it made the result numeric but it no longer returned the multiple values that it found.

I also concatenated the values in a helper column, copy/pasted them as values, and tried to reduce the function but the matching didn't work. Lastly, I copy pasted Column I with the dates but that too didn't work.

Question: How can I get the formula to return multiple values in one cell be numeric?

Function: T2=(IF(OR(R2="OT Hours",R2="Holiday Hours")=TRUE,TEXTJOIN(", ",TRUE,UNIQUE(IF((\$A\$2:\$A\$16=A2)*(\$D\$2:\$D\$16=D2)*(\$F\$2:\$F\$16=F2)*(@\$I\$2:\$I\$16=I2)*(\$K\$2:\$K\$16<>0),\$N\$2:\$N\$16,""))),0))

Functions/Descriptions of Cells Referenced in Above Function:
R2=INDEX(\$K\$1:\$M\$1,MATCH(TRUE,INDEX(K4:M4<>0,),0))
A2=Name of place that is just text
D2=Name of person that is just text
F2=INDEX(Type!\$B\$2:\$B\$45,MATCH(E2,Type!\$A\$2:\$A\$45,0))
I2=INDEX(Rates!\$C\$2:\$C\$6,MATCH(1,((Rates!\$B\$2:\$B\$6=A2)*(Rates!\$C\$2:\$C\$6<=G2)*(Rates!\$D\$2:\$D\$6>=G2)),0))
K2=Amount of Hours hardcoded
N2=Rate hardcoded

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#### Coding4Fun

##### Active Member

try wrapping it in value()

#### johnnyL

##### Active Member
Is vba code an option? If so, something like the following may help

VBA Code:
``````'
Range("T2:T").Select        'specify the range which suits your purpose
'
With Selection
Selection.NumberFormat = "\$#,##0.00"    ' 2 decimal point precision
.Value = .Value
End With``````

#### Coding4Fun

##### Active Member
TEXTJOIN requires a UDF, I would think VBA is OK

Either option should work , @johnnyL posted the VBA solution I posted the Formula solution.

#### Pulsar3000

##### New Member

@Coding4Fun As mentioned in my OP, the Value function breaks the function but thank you for the suggestion.

#### Coding4Fun

##### Active Member
It may be where its being placed but if the VBA solution works cheers

#### Pulsar3000

##### New Member

Is vba code an option? If so, something like the following may help

VBA Code:
``````'
Range("T2:T").Select        'specify the range which suits your purpose
'
With Selection
Selection.NumberFormat = "\$#,##0.00"    ' 2 decimal point precision
.Value = .Value
End With``````
@johnnyL VBA code is not an option.

#### Pulsar3000

##### New Member
It may be where its being placed but if the VBA solution works cheers
@Coding4Fun:

When the function in Column T finds multiple values, the Value function can't convert it to a number. I think there's a way to put these values separated into different columns but I don't know how many matches it will find so I wouldn't know how many helper columns to have.

#### Fluff

##### MrExcel MVP, Moderator
How can I get the formula to return multiple values in one cell be numeric?
You can't. The fact that you have multiple values means they will be text.

#### johnnyL

##### Active Member
@ Pulsar3000, have you tried multiplying the result in the cell by 1?

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