Excel EXACT Function
The Excel EXACT function compares two text strings, taking into account upper and lower case characters, and returns TRUE if they are the same, and FALSE if not. EXACT is case-sensitive.
- text1 - The first text string to compare.
- text2 - The second text string to compare.
The EXACT function compares two text strings in a case-sensitive manner. If the two strings are exactly the same, EXACT returns TRUE. If the two strings are not the same (taking into account upper and lower case) EXACT returns FALSE.
Below are two examples of the EXACT function used with hardcoded strings. In the first example, the strings are identical, in the second example, the only difference is the capital "A":
In the example shown, the formula in D6, copied down the column, is:
You can also use a normal equals sign (=) in a formula, but the comparison is not case sensitive:
=("Apple"="apple") // returns TRUE
To count cells that contain specific text, taking into account upper and lower case characters, you can combine EXACT together with the SUMPRODUCT function like this:
- The standard equals to (=) operator is not case-sensitive.
- EXACT is meant for text values, and will convert numeric values to text.