We have entries of certain **Categories **and **Products **in a dataset. We’ll check if a cell contains text and then return a value in Excel.

### Method 1 – Use the IF Function to Check If Cell Contains Text, Then Return a Value

The syntax of the **IF** function is:

`=IF (logical_test,[value_if_true],[value_if_false])`

**Steps:**

- Select
**Cell D5**and insert the following formula.

`=IF(B5="Bars","Available","Not Available")`

- Press
**Enter**and drag the**Fill Handle**down to copy the formula for the rest of the cells.

**Available**or**Not Available**values will appear throughout the range.

**logical_test**is to match Bars text in cell

**B5**; if the test is

**TRUE**it results in

**Available**, otherwise

**Not Available**.

### Method 2 – Use the IF and ISTEXT Functions to Check If Cell Contains Text, Then Return Value

**Steps:**

- Insert the following formula in
**Cell D5**and press**Enter**.

`=IF(ISTEXT(B5),B5,"")`

- Drag down the
**Fill Handle**tool to**AutoFill**the formula for the rest of the cells.

- The formula will return only the text values.

** How Does the Formula Work?**

- We used the
**ISTEXT**function to check if**Cell B5**contains**text**. - We used the
**IF**function to return the value of**Cell B5**if the result of the**ISTEXT**function is**TRUE**. Otherwise, we return a**Blank**.

### Method 3 – Apply ISNUMBER and SEARCH Functions to Find If a Cell Contains Text

**Steps:**

- Click on
**Cell D5**and insert the following formula.

`=ISNUMBER(SEARCH("Bars",$B$5:$B$13))`

- Press
**Enter.**

**SEARCH**function matches the text

**“Bars”**in an absolute range and then returns

**True**or

**False**depending on the match.

### Method 4 – Check If Cell Contains Text, Then Return Value in Excel Using IF and EXACT Functions

This formula works for a case-sensitive match.

**Steps:**

- SWelect
**Cell D5**and paste the following formula.

`=IF(EXACT(B5,"Bars"),"Available","")`

- Hit
**Enter.** - Drag the
**Fill Handle**to copy the formula.

- Here are the results.

**EXACT**function matches the exact text

**“Bars”**in cell

**B5**then returns the value

**“Available”**otherwise

**BLANK**the cell depending on an exact match.

### Method 5 – Combine IF and COUNTIF Functions to Check If a Cell Contains Text

**Steps:**

- Insert the following formula in
**Cell D5**and press**Enter**.

`=IF(COUNTIF(B5,"*Bars*"),B5,"")`

- Drag down the
**Fill Handle**tool to**AutoFill**the formula for the rest of the cells.

- Matching cells will show the same values as the range.

**COUNTIF**function matches the criteria

**“*Bars*”**(the formula automatically puts

*****both sides of the criteria) in range (cell

**B5**). Then it returns the value in

**B5**otherwise keeps the cell

**Blank**.

### Method 6 – Use INDEX and MATCH Functions to Find If Cell Contains Text, Then Return a Value in Excel

**Steps:**

- Insert the following formula in
**Cell C15**.

`=INDEX(C5:C13,MATCH("Bars",B5:B13,0))`

- Press
**Enter**if you’re using**Excel 365,**or press**Ctrl**+**Shift**+**Enter**. - The matched text for
**Bars**will appear.

**INDEX**function looks for the exact match text

**“Bars”**from the range

**B5:B13**in the range

**C5:C13.**

### Method 7 – Apply the VLOOKUP Function to Check If a Cell Contains Text in Excel

**Steps:**

- Insert the lookup text (
**Bars**) in any cell (**B16**).

- Select
**Cell C16**and insert the following formula.

`=VLOOKUP(B16,B5:C13,2,FALSE)`

- Press
**Enter**and the matched value will appear.

**“Bars”**is the text in

**B3**that has to match within a range

**B7:C15**to a value in column

**2**.

**FALSE**declares we want an exact match.

### Method 8 – Use Combined Functions to Check if a Cell Contains Text with OR Conditions

**Steps:**

- Insert the following formula in
**Cell D5**and press**Enter**.

`=IF(OR(ISNUMBER(SEARCH("Bars",B5)),ISNUMBER(SEARCH("Veg",B5))),"Available","")`

- Drag down the
**Fill Handle**tool to**AutoFill**the formula for the rest of the cells.

- Here’s the result.

** How Does the Formula Work?**

- We used the
**SEARCH**function to find cell range**Bars**in**Cell B5**. - We used the
**ISNUMBER**function to check if the result of the**SEARCH**function is a number. - We searched for
**Veg**in**Cell B5**using these two functions. - We used the
**OR**function to check if any of these two texts (**Bars**or**Veg**) is present in**Cell B5**. - We used the
**IF**function to return**Available**if**True**or leave the cell blank otherwise.

### Method 9 – Check If a Cell Contains Text with an AND Condition by Applying Combined Functions

**Steps:**

- Select
**Cell D5**and insert the following formula.

`=IF(AND(ISNUMBER(SEARCH("Bars",B5)),ISNUMBER(SEARCH("Chlt",B5))),"Available ","")`

- Press
**Enter**. If both of the text strings exist in cell**B5**, the formula returns**“Available”**as a value. Otherwise, the cell remain**BLANK.** - Drag the
**Fill Handle**to copy the formula for the rest of the cells.

- Here are the results.

** How Does the Formula Work?**

- We used the
**SEARCH**and**ISNUMBER**functions like**Method 8**. - We used the
**AND**function to check if these two texts (**Bars**and**Veg**) are present in**Cell B5**. - We used
**IF**function to return**Available**if**True**, otherwise**Blank**.

## Practice Section

We attached a practice dataset that you can use to test these methods.

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If some idiot changes the dollar value by putting a text character in it, how do I get just the value? Not of these methods seem to help.

Cell = ‘50.50 I want to get the value Cell 2 = 50.50 Where is this covered?

Greetings

Dr. Linda Vandergriff,Go through the following methods to get rid of the inconvenience. Make sure the value cells are in the

CurrencyorAccounting Number Format.1. Manually delete the preceding

Apostrophes. Or2. Use a formula to auto remove the

Apostrophesas shown in the image.`=NUMBERVALUE(SUBSTITUTE(B2,"'",""))`

Feel free to comment if you have further inquiries. We are here to help.

Regards

Maruf Islam(Exceldemy Team)HI, I want to pull text from multiple sheets and ignore some specific text as blank or space. How to do it?

Example .

If sheet 1 has John in B2 and sheet2 has Jacob in B2 and i want an output in sheet3, where if sheet 2 has Jacob then ignore or blank.

=Sheet1!B2&” “&Sheet2!B2

Hi Mohammed Shahid,

You can pull text from multiple sheets and ignore blank or space by using

the TRIM function. This function will help you to remove space automatically.To solve your problem, use the following formula in

Cell B2ofSheet 3in your Excel worksheet.`=TRIM(Sheet1!B2&" "&Sheet2!B2)`

Hope this will solve your problem. Feel free to comment if you have further inquiries.

Regards,

Arin Islam.

Hello, is it possible to somehow combine the EXACT and IF & ISTEXT Functions to return the text value of two cells in different columns instead of TRUE/FALSE? I am trying to match answers to two slightly different questions in a survey which have the same list of potential answers.

Hello

JAMESThanks for reaching out and sharing your queries. To return the text value of two cells in different columns if they match, you can combine the

EXACT,IFandISTEXTfunctions.Excel Formula:`=IF(AND(ISTEXT(A2), ISTEXT(B2), EXACT(A2, B2)), A2:B2, "No Match")`

So, in simpler terms, the formula checks if both cells A2 and B2 contain text and if the text in both cells is the same. If they are, it returns the values from cells A2 and B2 together. If not, it returns “No Match”.

OUTPUT:Hopefully, the idea will help you; good luck.

Regards

Lutfor Rahman ShimantoExcelDemy

Hi, is it possible to have a column return a value based on multiple values in another column?

Ex:

Column A’s cells each have one color: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple

Column B should return a value based on if A is one of several of those colors.

Is it possible to do this with two formulas based on the output value, or would I need to make six formulas (one for each input value)

Ideally for two I would want formulas:

If the cell in A has either Red, Orange, or Yellow then column B in that row will return “Warm”

If the cell in A has either Green, Blue, or Purple then column B in that row will return “Cool”

Hello

Rat,It is possible to return a single value based on muliple values of another column. You can do it by using combination of the nested IF and OR functions without needing six separate formulas.

Use the following formula and drag the fill handle down to apply the formula to the rest of the cells in Column B.

=IF(OR(A2=”Red”, A2=”Orange”, A2=”Yellow”), “Warm”, IF(OR(A2=”Green”, A2=”Blue”, A2=”Purple”), “Cool”, “”))

The formula uses OR to check if the color in Column A matches any “Warm” colors (Red, Orange, Yellow) and returns “Warm”; if it matches any “Cool” colors (Green, Blue, Purple), it returns “Cool”. If none of these are true, it returns an empty value.

Regards

ExcelDemy