Excel ISFORMULA Function

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The Excel ISFORMULA Function is listed under Microsoft Excel's Information Functions category. It returns TRUE is the value supplied (or the referred cell) has a formula and if their not formula in the cell it returns a FALSE.

How to use it

To learn how to use the ISFORMULA function in Excel, you need to understand its syntax and arguments:




  • reference: A cell reference that you want to evaluate.


  • If cell reference is not a valid reference it will return #VALUE!.
  • You can also use the shortcut key Control + ~ to display all the formula in a worksheet.


To master the ISFORMULA function we need to try it out in an example, so make sure to check out the below one:

Below we have used different arguments:

  • A simple addition calculation and it returns TRUE.
  • A volatile function and it returns TRUE.
  • One thing you have to note that ISFORMULA is concerned with the formula in a cell not with the result of a formula. It will return TRUE even if the result of the formula is empty or an error.
  • If there is any value other than formula in a cell it will return FALSE.

Related functions

This tutorial is the part of our Excel Functions with Examples (Function Guide) and below are some of the related functions:

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