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Spell Out Currency
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This this Microsoft Word Tips & Microsoft Word Help page illustrates several basic methods that you can use to spell out a numerical currency value as text and provides a comprehensive Word template add-in for this purpose co-developed with Word MVP Graham Mayor.

Field Method

The simplest method is using a field. The currency value that is spelled out in this fanciful check draft was created with a REF field and two formatting switches "DollarText" and "FirstCap."

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Field code used above (enlarged)

To employ this method I used an online (protected) text formfield for the numerical input. I named this formfield "Amount" to match the REF field used.

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VBA Method

Unfortunately there is a limit to the size numeral that \* DollarText will format. The limit is $100,000.00.

What if some munificent Word user wished to contribute $1,000,000.00 or more to support my budding website??!

I am prepared to oblige. Word MVP Doug Robbins and I have collaborated and put together some VBA code to spell out currency values as large $9,999,999,999.00.

At one time that was enough to cover the burgeoning U.S. National Debt with plenty left over for me and Doug.  Now we will have to do without.Cry\Sad icon

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The code for this process is lengthy and involves several called functions. To use this method:

VBA Script:
Option Explicit
Sub NumToText()
Dim sngNumber As Single
  On Error Goto Err_Handler
  sngNumber = ActiveDocument.FormFields("NumberAmount").Result
  If IsNumeric(sngNumber) And Val(sngNumber) < "10000000000000" Then
    ActiveDocument.FormFields("TextAmount").Result = _
    ConvertCurrencyToEnglish(ByVal sngNumber)
    ActiveDocument.FormFields("TextAmount").Result = "Exceeds value limit"
  End If
  Exit Sub
  ActiveDocument.FormFields("NumberAmount").Result = "0.00"
  ActiveDocument.FormFields("TextAmount2).Result = ""
End Sub

Function ConvertCurrencyToEnglish(ByVal sngNumber)
Dim strTemp As String, strDollars As String, strCents As String
Dim lngDecimal As Long, lngCount As Long
  ReDim Place(9) As String
  Place(2) = "thousand "
  Place(3) = "million "
  Place(4) = "billion "
  Place(5) = "trillion "

  sngNumber = Trim(Str(sngNumber))
  lngDecimal = InStr(sngNumber, ".")
  If lngDecimal > 0 Then
    strTemp = Left(Mid(sngNumber, lngDecimal + 1) & "00", 2)
    strCents = ConvertTens(sngNumber, strTemp)
    sngNumber = Trim(Left(sngNumber, lngDecimal - 1))
  End If
  lngCount = 1
  Do While sngNumber <> ""
    'convert last 3 digits to strDollars
    strTemp = ConvertHundreds(Right(sngNumber, 3))
    If strTemp <;> "" Then strDollars = strTemp & Place(lngCount) & strDollars
      If Len(sngNumber) > 3 Then
        'remove last 3 converted digits
        sngNumber = Left(sngNumber, Len(sngNumber) - 3)
        sngNumber = ""
      End If
    lngCount = lngCount + 1
  'clean up strDollars
  Select Case strDollars
    Case ""
      strDollars = ""
    Case "One "
      strDollars = "One Dollar"
    Case Else
      strDollars = strDollars & "dollars"
    End Select
  'clean up strCents
  If strDollars = "" Then
    Select Case strCents
      Case ""
        strCents = ""
      Case "One "
        strCents = "One Cent"
      Case Else
        strCents = strCents & "Cents"
    End Select
    Select Case strCents
      Case ""
        strCents = ""
      Case "One"
        strCents = " And One Cent"
      Case "One "
        strCents = " And One Cent"
      Case Else
        strCents = " And " & strCents & "cents"
    End Select
  End If
  If strDollars = "" And strCents = "" Then
    ConvertCurrencyToEnglish = "Zero"
    strTemp = strDollars & strCents
    strTemp = UCase(Left(strTemp, 1)) & _
    LCase(Mid(strTemp, 2, Len(strTemp) - 1))
    ConvertCurrencyToEnglish = strTemp
  End If
  Exit Function
End Function

Private Function ConvertHundreds(ByVal sngNumber)
Dim Result As String
  If Val(sngNumber) = 0 Then Exit Function
  'append leading zeros to number
  sngNumber = Right("000" & sngNumber, 3)
  'do we have hundreds place digit to convert?
  If Left(sngNumber, 1) <;> "0" Then
    Result = ConvertDigit(Left(sngNumber, 1)) & "hundred "
  End If
  'do we have tens place digit to convert?
  If Mid(sngNumber, 2, 1) <;> "0" Then
    Result = Result & ConvertTens(sngNumber, Mid(sngNumber, 2))
    'if not, then convert the ones place digit
    Result = Result & ConvertDigit(Mid(sngNumber, 3))
  End If
  ConvertHundreds = Trim(Result) & " "
 Exit Function
End Function

Private Function ConvertTens(ByVal sngNumber, ByVal MyTens)
Dim Result As String
  'is value between 10 and 19?
  If Val(Left(MyTens, 1)) = 1 Then
    Select Case Val(MyTens)
      Case 10: Result = "Ten "
      Case 11: Result = "Eleven "
      Case 12: Result = "Twelve "
      Case 13: Result = "Thirteen "
      Case 14: Result = "Fourteen "
      Case 15: Result = "Fifteen "
      Case 16: Result = "Sixteen "
      Case 17: Result = "Seventeen "
      Case 18: Result = "Eighteen "
      Case 19: Result = "Nineteen "
      Case Else
   End Select
    Select Case Val(Left(MyTens, 1))
      Case 2: Result = "Twenty "
      Case 3: Result = "Thirty "
      Case 4: Result = "Forty "
      Case 5: Result = "Fifty "
      Case 6: Result = "Sixty "
      Case 7: Result = "Seventy "
      Case 8: Result = "Eighty "
      Case 9: Result = "Ninety "
      Case Else
    End Select
    'convert ones place digit
     If Result <;> "" Then
       If Mid(sngNumber, 3, 1) <;> "0" Or Right(MyTens, 1) <;> "0" Then
         Result = Left(Result, Len(Result) - 1) & "-" _
           & ConvertDigit(Right(MyTens, 1))
       End If
       Result = Result & ConvertDigit(Right(MyTens, 1))
     End If
  End If
  ConvertTens = Result
  Exit Function
End Function

Private Function ConvertDigit(ByVal MyDigit)
  Select Case Val(MyDigit)
    Case 1: ConvertDigit = "One "
    Case 2: ConvertDigit = "Two "
    Case 3: ConvertDigit = "Three "
    Case 4: ConvertDigit = "Four "
    Case 5: ConvertDigit = "Five "
    Case 6: ConvertDigit = "Six "
    Case 7: ConvertDigit = "Seven "
    Case 8: ConvertDigit = "Eight "
    Case 9: ConvertDigit = "Nine "
    Case Else: ConvertDigit = ""
  End Select
  Exit Function
End Function

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Results of numerical currency values entered in the first formfield are spelled out in the second formfield as shown.

Site Note IconNote: If you prefer the cents to be shown fractional rather than spelled out then you can use an alternate procedure located in the standard module modAlt in the demonstration document: Spell Out Currency

"Number to Currency as Text" Word Template Add-In

Leveraging the code illustrated above, Word MVP Graham Mayor and I began collaborating on a Word template add-in which you can use to insert fully spelled out currency values in your Word documents.  Not so much the tinkerer as I, Graham has published a compact version of this add-in on his website: Display Currency Values in Words.  He continued to provide suggestions and feedback as I continued to "polish the cannon ball."

Figure - 1

Figure - 2

Figure -3

With the user configurable settings, you can insert currency figures as text in a full range of currencies and formats. The add-in default configuration settings are displayed when the add-in is first used.  These settings are are shown in Figures 1 and 2 above.

Figure 3 illustrates the check template feature introduced with version 2.1.

Currency data for any world currency is configurable and can be defined in the add-in Currency Information table.  The default Currency Information table is shown below.  To access the Currency Information table or review full instructions for using the add-in, open the template add-in template file in Word.

After editing the Currency Information table, save the template file, close Word, restart Word and reload the add-in.


The add-in is available in both .dot (Word 2003) and .dotm (Word 2007/2010/2013) versions.  The user interface control for the two versions is shown below. 

User Interface Control (.dot version)

User Interface Control (.dotm version)

In the following illustrations, I have typed in a number, initiated the add-in, applied settings suitable for a formal international contract, and then clicked "Process Input."


The full deduced number is selected for review in the document and automatically populates the add-in input number fields.

Review input and make any configuration changes.
Then press "Process Input"

Dialog Notes:

The image below illustrates a sample check template for use with the add-in.  The template defines five (5) required bookmarks placed in frames and must be precisely positioned to print in the proper location on pre-printed check stock.  The template is included in the add-in download package.  You can easily open the sample template in Word and then copy and paste the frames and bookmarks to your own custom template.


Most users are expected to consistently use the same configuration settings.  After applying your settings and processing your first number, you can process any additional numbers that you type or select automatically, without displaying the dialog, by simply applying the add-in auto process shortcut CTRL+SHIFT+$.

You can download the my template zip package containing both .dot and .dotm versions of the add-in here: Number to Currency as Text

Site Note icon See: Installing Macros for instructions on how to set up and use the macros and template add-in provided in this Microsoft Word Help & Microsoft Word Tips page.

That's it! I hope you have found this tips page useful and informative.

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