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# Excel/Convert all letters to corresponding 1-26 value

Question
Hello,

Using 1-26 and the alphabet I would like to write lists of words and be able to total the sum of their letters.

so
a = 1
b = 2
c = 3
etc

For instance, the word cat = 3+1+20 = 24

would appreciate any assistance.

best regards,
Rob

Enter your list of words starting in cell A2 and continuing down col A. In cell B2, enter

=SUM(IFERROR(IF(MID(A2,{1,2,3,4,5},1)="",0,FIND(MID(A2,{1,2,3,4,5},1),"abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz")),0))

as an array (i.e., type formula into cell, and then instead of hitting the enter key, hit ctrl-shift-enter).

Then copy the B2 formula down col B as far as needed.

The formula assumes that the maximum # of characters in the words is 5. If it were 6, you'd change the formula so that {1,2,3,4,5} changes to {1,2,3,4,5,6}, etc.
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