While working in **Microsoft Excel**, often we need to **compare two cells** in excel. This is a basic operation we do in excel and luckily, excel has several options to compare cells. However, this article will guide you on how to compare two cells in excel and return **TRUE** or **FALSE**.

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## 5 Quick Ways to Compare Two Cells in Excel and Return TRUE or FALSE

Let’s consider a dataset (**B5:D10**) containing fruit names in two columns (columns **B** & **C**). Now, I will compare fruit names between two cells of these columns and thus return **TRUE**/**FALSE** accordingly.

### 1. Use ‘Equal to’ Sign to Compare Two Cells and Return TRUE or FALSE

We can compare two cells simply using an equal to (**=**) sign. This is the easiest and most basic way to compare two cells in excel.

**Steps:**

- First, type the below formula in
**Cell D5**and press**Enter**from the keyboard.

`=B5=C5`

- As a result, you will get the below result because both
**Cell B5**and**C5**contain the same fruit:**Watermelon**. Now, use the**Fill Handle**(**+**) tool to copy the formula to compare the rest of the cells.

- Finally, you will see the below result. The above formula has returned
**TRUE**/**FALSE**for each pair of cells depending on their cell contents.

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### 2. Compare Two Cells and Return TRUE or FALSE with Excel EXACT Function

This time, I will use** the EXACT function** in excel to compare two cells. Usually, the **EXACT **function checks whether **two text strings are exactly the same**, and returns **TRUE** or** FALSE** But, remember, the** EXACT** function is case-sensitive.

**Steps:**

- Type the below formula in
**Cell D5**and hit**Enter**.

`=EXACT(B5,C5)`

- Consequently, we will get the below result. I have used the
**Fill Handle**tool to copy the above formula over the range**D6:D11**.

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### 3. Excel COUNTIF Function to Compare Two Cells and Get TRUE/FALSE

You can use** the COUNTIF function **to compare two cells in excel and thus return **TRUE** or **FALSE**.

**Steps:**

- Type the below formula in
**Cell D5**and press**Enter**.

`=COUNTIF(B5:C5,B5)=2`

- As a consequence, we will receive the below output. Similar to previous methods, use the
**Fill Handle**tool to copy the above formula to compare the rest of the cells.

Here, the** COUNTIF** function counts the number of cells within the range** B5:C10**, for the given condition **B5:C10=B5**. And, **2** refers to the number of cells you want to check for. For instance, if I have to compare three cells I will type the formula as **=COUNTIF(B5:D5,B5)=3**.

### 4. Use IF Function to Compare Two Cells and Return TRUE or FALSE in Excel

We can compare two cells easily by using **the IF function** in excel. We can provide** TRUE **and **FALSE **as the arguments in the** IF** function. So, let’s follow the below steps to do the task.

**Steps:**

- Type the below formula in
**Cell D5**and hit**Enter**.

`=IF(B5=C5,"TRUE","FALSE")`

- Upon entering the formula, here is the result we receive. Use the
**Fill Handle**tool to copy the formula to the rest of the cells.

Here, the** IF **function checks whether one cell value is equal to another (e.g. **B5=C5**), and returns **TRUE **if the above condition is met. On the other hand, the function returns **FALSE** if cell values are not equal.

### 5. Combine VLOOKUP and ISERROR Functions to Compare Two Cells and Get FALSE in Return

Now, I will use **the VLOOKUP function** to compare two cells in excel. However, If we compare two cells merely using the **VLOOKUP** function, the** #N/A** error occurs if values are not similar in cells. So, to avoid the error, I will use **the IFERROR function** along with the **VLOOKUP** function.

**Steps:**

- Type the below formula in
**Cell D5**and press**Enter**.

`=IFERROR(VLOOKUP(C5,$B$5:$B$10,1,0),"FALSE")`

- Consequently, we will get the below output. I have used the
**Fill Handle**tool to compare other cells in the dataset.

🔎 **How Does the Formula Work?**

**(VLOOKUP(C5,$B$5:$B$10,1,0)**

Here, the **VLOOKUP **function looks for the value of **Cell B5 **in the range** B5:B10 **returns:

{**#N/A**}

**IFERROR(VLOOKUP(C5,$B$5:$B$10,1,0),”FALSE”)**

Later, to avoid the error, we have wrapped the** VLOOKUP** formula with the **IFERROR** function, and the formula returns:

{**FALSE**}

## Conclusion

In the above article, I have tried to discuss several methods to compare two cells in excel and return **TRUE**/**FALSE**. Hopefully, these methods and explanations will be enough to solve your problems. Please let me know if you have any queries.