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Excel ISREF Function

Excel ISREF function

The Excel ISREF returns TRUE when a cell contains a reference and FALSE if not. You can use the ISREF function to check if a cell contains a valid reference.

Test for a reference
Return value 
A logical value (TRUE or FALSE)
=ISREF (value)
  • value - The value to check.
Usage notes 

Use the ISREF function to check if value is a reference. ISREF will return TRUE when value is a reference and FALSE if not.

For example, =ISREF(A1) will return TRUE and =ISREF("apple") will return false.

ISREF is part of a group of functions called the IS functions that all return the logical values TRUE or FALSE.

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