"Excel 2007 CELL Function"

The Excel 2007 CELL function is one of a group of "Information Functions" that can be used to return information about the formatting, location, or contents of a specific cell.

So, the CELL function's job is to give out information about a cell such as its formatting, the type of data it contains, and whether or not the cell is locked or protected. For example, if you want to verify that a cell contains a numeric value instead of text before you perform a calculation on it, you can use the CELL function.

The syntax for the CELL function is:

= CELL (info_type, [reference])

info_type - the type of cell information you want to return. It's a text value.
reference (optional) - the cell reference that is being checked. If omitted, the information specified in the info_type argument is returned.

To use the Excel 2007 CELL function

  • Open an Excel spreadsheet and enter a number, such as " 88 ", into cell C2.
  • Click on cell D2 - the location where the results will be displayed.
  • Click on the Formulas tab.
  • Excel 2007 Cell function

  • From the Function Library group, click the More Functions icon, then point to Information and click on CELL in the list to bring up that function's dialog box.
  • Excel 2007 Cell function arguments

  • On the Info_type line, enter the word "type".
  • On the Reference line, click on cell C2 in the spreadsheet to enter the cell reference into the dialog box.
  • Click OK.
  • The letter " v " should appear in cell D2 to indicate that the data in the cell is a value.
  • When you click on cell D1, the complete function = CELL("type",D2) appears in the formula bar.


  • If cell C2 contained a word of text, the letter " l " would appear in cell D2 to indicate that the cell contained a label.
  • If cell C2 contained a date, the letter " v " would appear in cell D2 to indicate that the cell contained a value - dates are often considered to be values in Excel.
  • If cell C2 was empty, the letter " b " would appear in cell D2 to indicate that the cell was blank.

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Other than Excel 2007 CELL function, you can view the following Excel functions tutorials:

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Guide to Use the NOW Function Correctly in Excel 2007
Demonstration of Using the Date and Time Functions with Excel 2007
Using the Excel 2007 Count Function - Example Demonstration
Use the Microsoft Excel 2007 Product Function to Perform the Calculation
Guide to Use the Excel 2007 Radian Function Correctly

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