TEXT() function to follow Excel rules

TEXT() function to follow Excel rules

Being a Anaplan builder, I would like to extend TEXT() functionality to work similarly to excel function, exactly:


1) Follow different format conversions

2) Follow preset patterns, to exclude unexpected text from numbers results etc.


Example of wrong work to be prevented with new functionality: 

Text(1504322.40)= 1504322.4 - ok

Text(15751942)= 15751942 - ok

Text(15751942.50)= 1.57519425E7 - wrong


With same functionality, as in Excel, it would be possible to use preset patterns to exclude such cases. Examples from original Excel TEXT() function description (taken from support.office.com) :

Formula                                                 Description


Currency with a thousands separator and 2 decimals, like $1,234.57. Note that Excel rounds the value to 2 decimal places.


Today’s date in MM/DD/YY format, like 03/14/12


Today’s day of the week, like Monday


Current time, like 1:29 PM


Percentage, like 28.5%

=TEXT(4.34 ,"# ?/?")

Fraction, like 4 1/3

=TRIM(TEXT(0.34,"# ?/?"))

Fraction, like 1/3. Note this uses the TRIM function to remove the leading space with a decimal value.


Scientific notation, like 1.22E+07

=TEXT(1234567898,"[<=9999999]###-####;(###) ###-####")

Special (Phone number), like (123) 456-7898


Add leading zeros (0), like 0001234

=TEXT(123456,"##0° 00' 00''")

Custom - Latitude/Longitude

Benefit of the change: flexible TEXT() function with ability to prevent unexpected results.

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I'd be happy enough with being able to apply the native Anaplan Number formatting in the referenced line item instead of only producing a flat number.


How about:


TEXT(x [, Format])


x:           Number: Numeric line item, property, or expression

Format: Text:       Excel-style formatting string as articulated above, with no change applied by default to numeric expressions and properties and native Anaplan Number formatting applied to line item referenced values. 

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