## How to use the BASE function

*Article updated on March 28, 2018*

The BASE function converts a number into a text representation with a given radix (base).

Formula in cell C3:

### Excel Function Syntax

BASE(*number*, *radix,* *[min_length]*)

### Arguments

number |
Required. The number that you want to convert. Must be an integer greater than or equal to 0 (zero) and less than 2^53. |

radix |
Required. The base of the number you want it to convert into. 2 <= radix <= 36. |

[min_length] |
Optional. The minimum length of the returned string. [min_length] must be an integer greater than or eual to 0 (zero). |

### Comments

Use the min_length argument to add leading zeros to the resulting value. BASE(16,2) returns 10000, however, BASE(16,2,8) returns 00010000.

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### Functions in 'Math and trigonometry'

The BASE function function is one of many functions in the 'Math and trigonometry' category.