# Show formula text with formula

=FORMULATEXT(A1)

To show the text of one formula with another formula, you can use the FORMULATEXT function. In the example shown, the formula in D5, copied down, is:

=FORMULATEXT(C5)

### How this formula works

The FORMULATEXT is fully automatic. When given the reference of a cell that contains a formula, it will return the entire formula as text. In the example as show, the formula:

=FORMULATEXT(C5)

returns the text "=IF(B5>=70,"Pass","Fail")".

### Dealing with errors

The FORMULATEXT function will return the #N/A error when a cell does not contain a formula. To trap this error and display nothing when a cell does not contain a formula, you can use the IFERROR function like this:

=IFERROR(FORMULATEXT(A1),"")

Alternately, you can use ISFORMULA and IF like this:

=IF(ISFORMULA(A1),FORMULATEXT(A1),"")

### Checking for specific text

To check a formula for a specific text, you can use the ISNUMBER and SEARCH functions. In the formula below, we are checking a formula in A1 to see if it contains "apple":

=ISNUMBER(SEARCH("apple",FORMULATEXT(A1)))

The result is either TRUE or FALSE. See this page for a full explanation.

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