In this article, you will learn how to use the ISBLANK formula in Excel.
What is the ISBLANK formula in Excel?
The ISBLANK function in Excel is used to determine whether a cell is empty or not. It returns TRUE when a cell is empty, and FALSE when a cell is not empty. For example, if cell A2 contains the value "Liveflow", function ISBLANK(A2) will return the answer as ‘FALSE’.
When is the ISBLANK function beneficial in Excel?
The ISBLANK formula in Excel is used in multiple scenarios, please see below for some common uses of the ISBLANK function:
Conditional formatting: You can use the ISBLANK function in combination with conditional formatting to highlight cells that are empty or to apply specific formatting to cells that are not empty.
Data validation: The ISBLANK function can be used in a data validation rule to require that a cell is not empty before the user can enter data in another cell.
Formulas: You can use the ISBLANK function in formulas to perform calculations only if certain cells are not empty. For example, you might use the function in an IF statement to calculate a value only if a certain cell is not empty.
Data analysis: You can utilize the ISBLANK function in conjunction with other functions to analyze data. For example, you might use the function together with the COUNTIF function to count the number of empty cells in a range.
How to use the ISBLANK formula in Excel
Select the cell where you want to display the outcome.
Type the following formula into the cell: =ISBLANK(
Enter the cell reference or value after the open parenthesis and then close the parenthesis.
The cell should now display the ‘TRUE’ or ‘FALSE’ value depending on the input.
See below for how the formula is used:
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