The ISFORMULA is a Lookup & Reference function that checks whether the specified reference contains a formula. The function returns a Boolean value based on the outcome - TRUE if there is a formula, and FALSE if not. In this guide, we’re going to show you how to use ISFORMULA Excel function and also go over some tips and error handling methods.
- Excel 2013 and later versions
The cell or range reference you want to check.
When the ISFORMULA function is used with a range reference, it returns an array of formulas to referenced range. If you do not use the Ctrl + Shift + Enter key combination to generate an array, the formula will return only the first value. Alternatively, you can use a function that works with arrays to retrieve this information.
The following formula uses the INDEX function to get a formula on the 3rd row and 1st columns from an array. That array returns a range reference from the ISFORMULA function.
- To see the formula string of a reference, use FORMULATEXT function instead.