The Excel Exact Function

Function Description

The Excel Exact function tests if two supplied text strings or values are exactly equal and if so, returns TRUE; Otherwise, the function returns FALSE.

The function is case-sensitive.

The syntax of the Exact function is:

EXACT( text1, text2 )

Where the text1 and text2 arguments are the two text strings, numbers or logical values that you want to compare for equality.

Exact Function Examples

In the following spreadsheet, the Excel Exact function is used to compare four different pairs of text strings.

  A B C
1 Text Text =EXACT( A1, B1 )
2 Text text =EXACT( A2, B2 )
3 5321.222 5321.222 =EXACT( A3, B3 )
4 0.5 12:00 =EXACT( A4, B4 )
  A B C
1 Text Text TRUE  
2 Text text FALSE  
3 5321.222 5321.222 TRUE  
4 0.5 12:00 TRUE (A4 & B4 both
 have value 0.5)

Note that, in the above examples:

Further examples of the Excel Exact function are provided on the Microsoft Office website.