Excel Information Functions

This page lists the current, built-in Excel Information Functions. These functions mainly provide information about the contents of cells, such as data type, although Excel has also included functions that will return information about the formatting and location of cells.

The functions have been grouped into categories, to help you to find the function you need. Selecting a function name will take you to a full description of the function with examples of use.

Note that some of the Information functions are new in Excel 2013 and so are not available in earlier versions of Excel.


Excel Information Functions List

Error Information Functions
ISERROR Tests if an initial supplied value (or expression) returns an error and if so, returns TRUE; Otherwise returns FALSE
ISERR Tests if an initial supplied value (or expression) returns an error (EXCEPT for the #N/A error) and if so, returns TRUE; Otherwise returns FALSE
ISNA Tests if an initial supplied value (or expression) returns the Excel #N/A error and if so, returns TRUE; Otherwise returns FALSE
ERROR.TYPE Tests a supplied value and returns an integer relating to the supplied value's error type
Numerical Information Functions
ISNUMBER Tests if a supplied value is a number, and if so, returns TRUE; Otherwise, returns FALSE.
ISEVEN Tests if a supplied number (or expression) is an even number, and if so, returns TRUE; Otherwise, returns FALSE.
ISODD Tests if a supplied number (or expression) is an odd number, and if so, returns TRUE; Otherwise, returns FALSE.
N Converts a non-number value to a number, a date to a serial number, the logical value TRUE to 1 and all other values to 0
Function Returning a Constant Value
NA Returns the Excel #N/A error
Other Data Type Functions
ISBLANK Tests if a supplied cell is blank (empty), and if so, returns TRUE; Otherwise, returns FALSE
ISLOGICAL Tests if a supplied value is a logical value, and if so, returns TRUE; Otherwise, returns FALSE
ISTEXT Tests if a supplied value is text, and if so, returns TRUE; Otherwise, returns FALSE
ISNONTEXT Tests if a supplied value is text, and if it is NOT, returns TRUE; Otherwise, returns FALSE
ISREF Tests if a supplied value is a reference, and if so, returns TRUE; Otherwise, returns FALSE
ISFORMULA Tests if a supplied cell contains a formula and if so, returns TRUE; Otherwise, returns FALSE (New in Excel 2013)
TYPE Returns information about the data type of a supplied value
General Information Functions
CELL Returns information about the contents, formatting or location of a given cell
SHEET Returns the sheet number relating to a supplied reference (New in Excel 2013)
SHEETS Returns the number of sheets in a reference (New in Excel 2013)
INFO Returns information about the the current operating environment