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How to Use Excel ISTEXT Function?

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ISTEXT Function in Excel: If you are a regular Excel user, then you might want to check if the cell contains text data or not. For that, you don’t need to check manually and get frustrated. Instead of doing it manually, you can use Excel’s built-in function called “ISTEXT“. We all know that Excel provides various formulas and functions for performing operations on it.

With the help of this ISTEXT function, we can quickly check if the cell contains a text value or not. In this article, we will describe the definition, syntax, and usage of the ISTEXT function in Excel. Get the official version of MS Excel from the following link:

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ISTEXT Function

Description of ISTEXT Function

  • It is one of the built-in functions in Excel.
  • The ISTEXT function will return TRUE if the cell contains text data. Or else, it returns FALSE.
  • With the help of this function, you can quickly check if the cell contains a text value or a numeric value entered as a text.
  • In case, the cell contains a value other than text or the cell is empty, this function returns FALSE.


  • Here, you will see the syntax of the ISTEXT function.
  • To apply this function on your spreadsheet, you have to select a cell and enter the formula in the following format.
  • Once you enter the formula, just click on the Enter button to get the result.


Argument Description

  • Value – The value that you want to check.

Practical Examples

Let’s look at some examples of the ISTEXT function and analyze how to use it in the Excel worksheet.

  • Initially, you have to open your Excel workbook on your PC and launch a worksheet that has data.
  • Usually, when you launch the new workbook, all the cells are in general format.
  • If you want to apply text format for some of your cells, then go to the Home tab, click on the Number Format drop-down list under the Number section and select the Text option from the menu.
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Home Tab
  • For instance, we have entered the input text value in cell B3, as shown in the below screenshot.
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Input Data
  • You have to enter the above-mentioned formula to get the result.
  • To get the output, hit the Enter button on your keyboard.
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Enter the formula
  • As we said earlier, the ISTEXT function returns TRUE if the cell contains text data. Otherwise, it returns FALSE.
  • After executing the formula it gives the result, as shown in the below image.
  • Let’s see one more example to make it clear. In the following example, we have mentioned the input number as a text value, so it returns the value TRUE.
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Give the number as text
  • The following example will show you where and when we get a FALSE value while using this ISTEXT function in the Excel spreadsheet.
    • Cell B3 is empty, so it returns the result as FALSE.
    • We have mentioned a date format is cell B4, so that it returns FALSE.
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Apply ISTEXT Function

A short summary

This article gives you clarification about the definition, syntax, and usage of the ISTEXT function in Excel with a few practical examples. The provided screenshots will make you understand this function easier. To learn more about Excel functions, then visit our webpage

Video Tutorial

The following video will show you how to use the ISTEXT Function on your Excel worksheet with examples.

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