# Excel ISTEXT function

## Summary

The Excel ISTEXT function checks if a value is text. This function is invaluable for validating data types within your spreadsheet, enabling you to distinguish between text and other data types such as numbers, logical values, or errors. ISTEXT is commonly used in data cleaning, conditional formatting, and complex formulas that require specific actions based on data type.
##### Syntax
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=ISTEXT(value)
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• value: The value or cell reference you want to test for being text
##### Return value
• TRUE if the specified value is text
• FALSE if it is not text

## How to use

ISTEXT is straightforward to use: simply provide the cell reference or value you wish to test. It can be particularly effective when combined with other functions, such as IF, to perform different actions based on whether a cell contains text.

## Examples

##### Simple ISTEXT
Checking for Text in a Cell: To verify if a cell, such as A1, contains text.
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=ISTEXT(A1)

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If A1 contains any string of text, this returns TRUE, indicating that the cell holds text. If A1 contains a number, a logical value, an error, or is empty, it returns FALSE.
##### ISTEXT with Conditional Logic
Implementing Conditional Formatting Based on Text Presence: Using ISTEXT within an IF statement to display messages or execute calculations based on the type of data.
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=IF(ISTEXT(B1), "Text Entered", "Non-text Data")

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This formula checks if B1 is text and returns “Text Entered” if true; otherwise, it says “Non-text Data”, helping users to quickly understand the nature of the data in B1.
##### ISTEXT for Data Validation
Validating Input Types in Data Collection: To ensure that inputs in a data collection form are textual.
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=ISTEXT(C2:C100)

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Applying ISTEXT across a range can assist in scenarios where textual data entry is required, by identifying cells that do not contain text, thereby aiding in maintaining data consistency and validation.

• ISTEXT is crucial for data analysis and processing, especially in scenarios where operations or calculations are contingent on data being of the text type.
• This function enhances spreadsheet integrity by enabling precise control over data inputs and ensuring that subsequent operations are performed on valid data types.