Numbers to Text, Take Three (Over a Million)

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated June 26, 2018)

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In previous issues of WordTips you learned how to use a macro to convert numbers to words. For instance, you can convert 123 to one-hundred twenty-three. The previous incarnations of this macro were limited to numbers below one million. In this version, the ante has been upped a thousand times--this version of the VBA macro will successfully convert numbers up to 999,999,999.

Sub BigCardText()
    Dim sDigits As String
    Dim sBigStuff As String

    sBigStuff = ""

    ' Select the full number in which the insertion point is located
    Selection.MoveLeft Unit:=wdWord, Count:=1, Extend:=wdMove
    Selection.MoveRight Unit:=wdWord, Count:=1, Extend:=wdExtend

    ' Store the digits in a variable
    sDigits = Trim(Selection.Text)
    
    If Val(sDigits) > 999999 Then
        If Val(sDigits) <= 999999999 Then
            sBigStuff = Trim(Int(Str(Val(sDigits) / 1000000)))
            ' Create a field containing the big digits and
            ' the cardtext format flag
            Selection.Fields.Add Range:=Selection.Range, _
              Type:=wdFieldEmpty, Text:="= " + sBigStuff + " \* CardText", _
              PreserveFormatting:=True

            ' Select the field and copy it
            Selection.MoveLeft Unit:=wdWord, Count:=1, Extend:=wdExtend
            sBigStuff = Selection.Text & " million "
            sDigits = Right(sDigits, 6)
        End If
    End If
    If Val(sDigits) <= 999999 Then
        ' Create a field containing the digits and the cardtext format flag
        Selection.Fields.Add Range:=Selection.Range, _
          Type:=wdFieldEmpty, Text:="= " + sDigits + " \* CardText", _
          PreserveFormatting:=True
    
        ' Select the field and copy it
        Selection.MoveLeft Unit:=wdWord, Count:=1, Extend:=wdExtend
        sDigits = sBigStuff & Selection.Text

        ' Now put the words in the document
        Selection.TypeText Text:=sDigits
        Selection.TypeText Text:=" "
    Else
        MsgBox "Number too large", vbOKOnly
    End If
End Sub

You should understand that to use the macro, all you need to do is place the insertion point anywhere within the number you want to convert. You need to make sure, however, that the number does not contain extraneous information, such as dollar signs or commas. When you run BigCardText, the macro checks to see if the selected number is over one million. If it is, it first works on the portion above one million, converting it to words. Then, the value below one million is converted. The final, full wording is put together and pasted back into the document, ready for use.

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Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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What is 9 + 8?

2020-09-22 11:51:47

Mohammad Ali

Hello!
I tested your code. Thank you for your effort. But I think your code has a problem. Displays the number 1000000 as follows:
"one million zero"
Thank you for solving the problem.
Thank You.


2020-04-16 09:40:17

zach

will this work if the number has commas and periods in it? like a dollar amount? It seems like i have to run it multiple times to get it to catch the whole number


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