How to use ISTEXT Function in Excel

how to use excel istext function

Quick Intro

Excel ISTEXT Function is useful when you want to check if a value is a text string. It will return TRUE if a value is a text, else FALSE.

Even if a number is formatted as a text it will return TRUE. It’s useful to check outcomes for formulas or to check value type from a cell.



  • value A cell reference or a value for which you want to test.

Additional Information for Excel ISTEXT Function

  • Any number enclosed in double quotation marks will be treated as a text.


In the below example, I have used ISTEXT with IF function to create a nesting formula to deliver an alert message if a user enters an invalid name other than a text.

Examples For Excel ISTEXT Function

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What’s Next?

To learn more about Excel ISTEXT Function you can check Microsoft’s Help Section. And, if you have a unique idea to use it, I would love to hear from you.

There is also you have ISNONTEXT function which is highly useful. Apart from this, I have a list of excel functions and some real life formulas examples.