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QUESTION: Dear Aidan

Can we store Unicode characters data in Excel ?. In that case can we store in Text , General etc cell fields for storing unicode characters ?.

Are there string functions in Excel application related to Unicode characters  ?.

Thanks & Regards,
Prashant S Akerkar

ANSWER: I'm not quite sure what you are trying to achieve here, but what we SEE in all computer applications is simply the computer translating instructions - where it relates to fonts these would be stored as values and displayed as the appropriate symbol for that value based on the font in use in the cell.  An individual excel cell can only have one format applied but would display whatever text is associated with the symbols entered - which could be via keyboard input or by an ALT numeric key method (to name but two). may help slightly more than the wiki you pointed me to.  the CHAR worksheet function is the only one I know of which uses code characters.

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QUESTION: Dear Aidan


Similar to storing numeric,string,date/time,currency, general,custom etc data types,can
we define a new data type as Unicode Characters which will allow us to store
Unicode characters ?.

Thanks & Regards,
Prashant S Akerkar

slightly outside my area of knowledge, and not something I'd be certain I'd know how to research - were you looking to store the actual code numbers - if so, having the cell formatted as text would allow you to do this (to keep the trailing zeros).  If you wanted to store the actual character, then using the alt key method would work - the following three characters :

have all be entered by pressing various 4 digit numbers on the numeric keypad whilst holding down the ALT key.
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