How to use the ISTEXT Function in Excel

In this article, we will learn about how to use the ISTEXT function in Excel.
The ISTEXT function is a logic text function. This function returns TRUE only if cell value has text or else returns False.


=ISTEXT (value)

value : value to be checked
Note : Only one value will be given as an argument

Let’s understand this function using it in an example.
Here we have a list of different values in Values column.
We need to find which of these values excel consider text.

Use the formula:


ISTEXT function in excel doesn’t consider boolean logic as text.

Copy the formula in other cells using Ctrl + D shortcut key.
As you can see from the above example that ISTEXT function returns TRUE or FALSE based on the logic test.

ISTEXT function can be used with other functions & conditional formatting.
ISTEXT function with IF function
Use the formula:

=IF(ISTEXT(A2),"Text","Not text")

ISTEXT(A2) : logic_test
"Text" : value if true
"Not text" : value if false
As you can see the ISTEXT function with IF function.
ISTEXT function with conditional formatting

Conditional Formatting is used to highlight the data on the basis of some criteria.
Select the cells and Go to Home > Conditional formatting > New Rule
Use the formula:


Press Enter
As you can see the ISTEXT functions with other excel tools.

Hope you understood how to use ISTEXT function and referring cell in Excel. Explore more articles on Excel Text functions here. Please feel free to state your query or feedback for the above article.

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