How To Use DEC2OCT()


Converts a decimal number to signed octal format.

Common questions about the DEC2OCT formula include:
What is the DEC2OCT formula?
What is the syntax for the DEC2OCT formula?

The DEC2OCT formula is used to convert a decimal number into its corresponding octal number. The formula can be used in a worksheet to quickly convert decimal numbers into octal numbers.

The DEC2OCT formula can be commonly mistyped due to its unique syntax. Some common typos include missing the last two parentheses at the end of the formula, using an incorrect function name, and misplacing the argument between the parentheses.

Some common ways the DEC2OCT formula is used inappropriately is when the user tries to convert a negative decimal into an octal. The DEC2OCT formula only works for positive decimal numbers, so trying to convert a negative number will yield an incorrect result. 

Some common pitfalls when using the DEC2OCT formula is when the user forget to type the formula in the exact syntax. If the formula is not properly inputted, it will result in an error message or yield an incorrect result.

Common mistakes when using the DEC2OCT Formula include forgetting to input an argument between the two parentheses, using the wrong case for the function name, leaving out the closing parentheses, and using a decimal number value within the formula instead of a number.

Common misconceptions people might have with the DEC2OCT Formula is that it takes only positive decimal numbers as an input, when in actuality it can take both positive and negative decimal numbers. Another misconception is that it only takes numbers as input, however, cell references and other forms of numbers are valid inputs.

How To Actually Use DEC2OCT() in Sheets

DEC2OCT(decimal_number, [significant_digits])

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Google Sheet: Number Base Functions

How to convert numbers between different number bases in Google Sheet. The video looks at the generic functions - DECIMAL and BASE which convert from any number base between 2 & 36 and decimal. The video focuses on conversions between the most common number bases using the functions DEC2BIN, DEC2OCT, DEC2HEX, HEX2DEC, OCT2DEC and BIN2DEC. The video demonstrates that Google Sheet can only add, subtract etc numbers in base 10 and shows how sometimes Google Sheet can give the incorrect impression that it can add and subtract numbers in other number bases. Finally the video looks at the maximum and minimum values allowed by each conversion.