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If cell is not blank

Excel formula: If cell is not blank
Generic formula 
=IF(A1<>"","Not blank","Blank")

If you want to test a cell and take some action if the cell is not blank (not empty), you can use a simple formula based on the IF function.

In the example shown, we have a simple task list with a date complete in column D. In column E, we have a formula that checks cells in column D to see if they are empty or not. When a cell is blank, the formula assigns a status of "Open". If the cell contains a value (a date in this case, but it could be anything) the formula will assign a status of "Closed". The formula in cell E5 is:


The <> is a logical operator that means "not equal to".

The effect of showing "Closed" in light gray is accomplished with a conditional formatting rule.

Display nothing if cell is not blank

If you only want to display a value if a cell is not blank, you can replace the "value if false" argument in the IF function with an empty string (""). The formula would then be:


Alternative with ISBLANK

Excel contains a function dedicated to testing for empty cells called ISBLANK. To use the ISBLANK function in this case, instead of the A1<>"" syntax, you would wrap ISBLANK inside the NOT function like this:



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