You are in the bank filling in a cheque and need to convert the amount in words. Sounds familiar? It happens every now and then, more so with people who are required to input figures in numbers and words both, to comply with the laws of the land.
While small figures are easy to convert mentally, large figures running in 6-7 digits or more can be difficult. Why do it verbally when there are simple yet effective number to word converters available online.
Because I had little else to do, I started messing around with numbers to see the highest value these tools can handle. I found some new words!
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Online Number to Words Converters
1. Code Beautify
The number to word converter by Code Beautify is available online for free. The tool is simple and quick. You enter a number and hit Convert to Words and it will get the job done.
Before you hit the button though, you can choose your country. If you choose USA, 1 followed by 6 zeros is 1 million. If you choose India, it becomes 10 lakhs. So, depending on where you live and why you need the converter, you can choose appropriately.
The highest value it can handle is 1 followed by 30 zeros which is called nonillion in the USA, and 1 quintillion in the UK. Yep, I feel proud to have discovered the word 'nonillion'.
Fun Fact: You know how Google got its name? Googol is number 1 followed by 100 zeroes. It's a really big number. The brains behind Google thought it would be a good idea to name their company after this. They wanted to download the internet after all!
While Code Beautify did a real good job of converting numbers to words, I wanted to see what else can I do with these tools. How far could I go. I found another number to words converter, this time by Tools4noobs. Here is a screenshot.
I don’t even know how much that is but I guess scientists are gonna love it. What with all the galaxies and planets they keep discovering that are a quintrigintillion miles away!
Oh, forgot to mention that this crazy tool supports 20 languages and countries. Go have some fun with it now. Let’s see what is the highest number you can find.
While online tools are great for converting numbers and amounts to words, apps are even better. This will come in real handy when you are filling rows and columns in excel sheets.
3. Calculate in Words
Calculate in Words is nifty little app that will work offline. The app is only 1.4M in size and comes free with no ads. Where it shines is in its calculator style layout. You can not only convert numbers and figures into words, but you can also calculate, say, the amount you have to enter using the built-in calculator.
This can save a lot of time that otherwise would have been wasted going back and forth between two apps. It supports both western and Indian figures as well as currencies. I like its ability to save calculations in a separate history tab which you can access using the arrow button on the top left of the screen.
The highest number by western standard is 1 Decillion while by Indian standard, it is 1 crore. After 1 crore, it will go like 1 lakh crore and so on.
Not everyone is lucky enough to work from the comfort of their homes. Many people are logging in hours at the office working on their desktop. If you are one of them who needs a desktop computer to input figures in words, there is a software for you.
5. 1888 Number to Word Converter
1888 Number to Word Converter is a free, small desktop software with a bare minimal UI. It is free to download and use with no ads. I am not sure what the developer was thinking when he/she came up with this name. An inside joke?
This offline tool can handle up to 15 digits before and after the decimal point. The highest number in this case is a 100 trillion. Should be enough for most people.
Interesting Stuff: What is the largest number? Infinity? Wrong. It is googolplex which is 100 googols and you already know, 1 googol is 1 followed by 100 zeros.
6. Number to Word Converter
Excel is powerful, like really powerful. It looks like you can also use it to convert numbers to words. In fact, Microsoft has written a small tutorial on it too. It is in VBA. What? You are not VBA savvy? I am not either but I am good at research which is why I found a free add-in by the good folks at Able Bits.
You can use it to convert amount in figures to words. So $1 will become one dollar and so on. The author/developer also offers a solution on adding the word ‘only’ after the amount which is required in the finance sector.
Spell the Number is a fun game by Fun Brain. This is for parents who want to teach their kids how to spell numbers. Instead of using one of the above solutions for converting numbers into words, you should try this game. Why? For the magic of gamification.
The interface is colorful and engaging. A random, but small number will be displayed and your kid will have to spell it, and then sign it. He/she gets 1 point for every right answer.