How to Use a Formula to Find Bold Text in Excel (4 Methods)

We’ll use a dataset that holds products sold on certain days. The products that have sold Quantity of more than 50 (>50) are in bold. We have to find the bolden product names.

Dataset-Formula to Find Bold Text in Excel

Method 1 – Using the Find Feature to Find Bold Text in Excel:

  • Select the Range:
    • Choose the entire range (rows or columns) where you want to find bold text.
    • Go to the Home tab and click on Find & Select (from the Editing section), then select Find.

Find feature-Formula to Find Bold Text in Excel

  • Find and Replace Dialog Box:
    • The Find and Replace dialog box appears.
    • Keep other options as they are.
    • Click on Format.

Find and replace window

  • Find Format Dialog Box:
    • In the Find Format dialog box:
      • Select the Font section.
      • Go to the Font Style group.
      • Choose Bold and click OK.

Find format window

  • Find All Bold Text:
    • Click OK in the Find and Replace dialog box.
    • All the bold texts within the selection will be listed under the dialog box.

Find and replace

  • Select All Bold Text:
    • Press CTRL+A to select all the bold texts.
    • Excel will highlight all the bold texts within your selection.

Find and replace

Find feature

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Method 2 – Using the GET.CELL Formula to Find Bold Text:

GET.CELL is a macro function that returns TRUE or FALSE depending on the types of cell information. The syntax of the GET.CELL is

GET.CELL(type_num, reference)

In the syntax,

type_num; is a number that indicates what type of cell info you consider finding. For this case type_num 20 refers to the first or all the characters of an entry in Bold font.

reference; cell reference.

Follow these steps to execute this method:

  • Define a Name:
    • Highlight the entire column containing the data.
    • Go to the Formulas tab and select Define Name (from the Defined Names section).

Get cell-Formula to Find Bold Text in Excel

    • In the New Name dialog box:
      • Assign a name (e.g., FindBold) to the range (Product column).
      • Set the following formula in the Refer to field:
  • Here, 20 represents the type_num for bold font or characters, and GET.CELL!$C5 is the reference.

new name window

  • Apply the Formula:
    • Type =FindBold in any blank cell (e.g., G5).
    • Double-click on the defined name that appears under the formula bar.

Inserting formula-Formula to Find Bold Text in Excel

    • Press ENTER and drag the Fill Handle to apply the formula to other cells.
    • Excel will display TRUE for bold entries and FALSE for non-bold entries.


  • Filter Bold Entries:
    • Place the cursor on the header (Find Bold Text).
    • Go to the Home tab, select Sort & Filter (from the Editing section), and click on Filter.

Selecting Filter-Formula to Find Bold Text in Excel

    • Deselect FALSE in the Filter options and click OK.

Unselect False

    • This will display all the bold entries and hide non-bold ones.

Final result

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Method 3 – Using VBA Custom Formula to Find Bold Text:

  • Open the Visual Basic Editor:
    • Press ALT+F11 to open the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) window.
    • In the window, select Insert from the toolbar and click on Module.

insert module-Formula to Find Bold Text in Excel

  • Create the Custom Function:
    • Paste the following macro into the module:
Function FindBold(wrkRng As Range)
If wrkRng.Font.Bold Then
FindBold = wrkRng.Value
FindBold = ""
End If
End Function


This custom function, named FindBoldText, takes a range as an argument. It checks if each cell’s font is bold and returns the cell value or an empty string accordingly.

  • Apply the Custom Formula:
    • Back in the worksheet, type =FindBoldText in the formula bar.
    • A custom formula with the same name as in the macro will appear. Double-click on it.

Custom formula insertion

    • Assign a cell as a reference and press ENTER.


    • Use the Fill Handle to apply the formula to other cells.

Fill handle

  • Filter Bold Entries:
    • Repeat Steps 5 and 6 from Method 2:
      • Apply a filter to the header (Find Bold Text).
      • Unselect Blanks from the filter options and click OK.


Excel will hide non-bold entries within the range, displaying only the bold ones.

Custom function result-Formula to Find Bold Text in Excel

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Method 4 – Find Bold Text Using VBA Macro:

  • Create a Simple Macro:
    • Select a range of cells.
    • Press ALT+F11 to open the VBA window.
    • Insert a module (similar to Step 1 in Method 3).

vba-Formula to Find Bold Text in Excel

    • Type the following macro:
Sub FindBoldEntries()
Dim mrfRng As Range
Dim wrkRng As Range
Dim LRng As Range
On Error Resume Next
xTitleId = "Provide a Range"
Set wrkRng = Application.Selection
Set wrkRng = Application.InputBox("Range", xTitleId, wrkRng.Address, Type:=8)
For Each mrfRng In wrkRng
If mrfRng.Font.Bold Then
If LRng Is Nothing Then
Set LRng = mrfRng
Set LRng = Union(LRng, mrfRng)
End If
End If
If Not LRng Is Nothing Then
End If
End Sub


    • This macro loops through the selected range, highlighting bold entries.
  • Run the Macro:
    • Press F5 to run the macro.
    • Excel will automatically insert the selected range in the Provide a Range dialog box. Click OK.

Provide a range

    • All bold entries will be highlighted.

Final result

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