BIN2OCT Function

Basic Description

Hexadecimal (base 16), decimal (base 10), octal (base 8), and binary (base 2) are the most commonly used numeral systems in engineering and computing. Therefore, Excel has provided functions to convert numeric values to and from each of these systems. The Excel Bin2Oct function converts a Binary (Base 2) number into an Octal (Base 8) number.

Syntax: BIN2OCT( number, [places] )

Where the function arguments are as follows:

number The binary number that is to be converted to octal.
[places] An optional argument, which specifies the number of characters that you want the returned octal number to have.

If this is greater than the minimum, the octal number will be padded out using leading zeros.

If omitted, the returned octal uses the minimum number of places.

Note that the number argument must be no more than 10 characters (40 bits) long. The most significant bit of this value denotes the sign of the number and the remaining 39 bits denote the magnitude. Negative numbers are represented using two’s complement notation.

 

Bin2Oct Function Examples

The following spreadsheet shows examples of the Excel Bin2Oct function. The format of the function is shown in the spreadsheet on the left and the result is shown in the spreadsheet on the right.

 Formulas:
A
1 =BIN2OCT( “101” )
2 =BIN2OCT( “0000000001” )
3 =BIN2OCT( “10”, 10 )
4 =BIN2OCT( “1111111110” )
5 =BIN2OCT( “1110” )
 Results:
A
1 5
2 1
3 0000000002
4 7777777776
5 16

 

 

Bin2Oct Function Common Errors

If you get an error from your Excel Bin2Oct function this is likely to be one of the following :

#VALUE! Occurs if the supplied [places] argument is not recognised as a number
#NUM! Occurs if either the supplied number argument is not recognised as a binary number or contains more than 10 characters or the resulting octal number requires more places than is specified by the supplied [places] argument or the supplied [places] argument ≤ 0
#NAME? Occurs when Analysis ToolPak add-in is not enabled in your Excel.

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