Selecting cells that only contain Text in Excel

To select specific cells that only contain text, we can use the Go-To option or Conditional Formatting in Excel.

Let’s take an example and understand how and where we can use these functions.

We have data in range A1:C10 which contains text and numbers. We need to select only those cells which contain text.

Lets see how we can use the Go-To Special option.

Go-To Special:- This option is used to quickly re-direct to different cells in Excel.

Shortcut: F5 and Ctrl+G

Command button: Go to Home>click on Find & Select >select Go to Special

Follow the below given steps:-

  • Select the data A1:C10


  • Press key F5 on the keyboard, the Go- To dialog box willappear.


  • Click on “SPECIAL” button.
  • The Go-to Special dialog box will appear.


  • Click on “Constants”, the inactive links under Formulas will get activated.


  • Now uncheck all the options except “Text” and click on OK, only the cells containing text will be selected.

Select the cells containing text by using Conditional Formatting.

  • Select the data A1:C10
  • Go to the Home tab> in the Styles group > select Conditional Formatting.
  • Select New rule from the Conditional Formatting drop down menu.


  • The New Formatting Rule dialog box will appear.
  • Select “Use a formula to determine which cells to format”
  • In the formula tab, write the TEXT function.
  • =ISTEXT(A2:C10), click on “Format” button.


  • The Format Cells dialog box will appear.
  • Choose any color.


  • Click on OK, Format Cells dialog box.
  • Click on OK, New Formatting Rule dialog box.



These are the ways in which you can highlight the text contains cells in Microsoft Excel.


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