Compares two text strings and returns TRUE if they are exactly the same, FALSE otherwise. EXACT is case-sensitive but ignores formatting differences. Use EXACT to test text being entered into a document.



Text1     is the first text string.

Text2     is the second text string.


You can also use the double equals (==) comparison operator instead of the EXACT function to make exact comparisons. For example, =A1==B1 returns the same value as =EXACT(A1,B1).


The example may be easier to understand if you copy it to a blank worksheet.

ShowHow to copy an example

  1. Create a blank workbook or worksheet.
  2. Select the example in the Help topic.

 Note   Do not select the row or column headers.

Selecting an example from Help

Selecting an example from Help
  1. Press CTRL+C.
  2. In the worksheet, select cell A1, and press CTRL+V.
  3. To switch between viewing the results and viewing the formulas that return the results, press CTRL+` (grave accent), or on the Formulas tab, in the Formula Auditing group, click the Show Formulas button.
First string Second string
word word
Word word
w ord word
Formula Description (Result)
=EXACT(A2,B2) Checks whether the strings in the first row match (TRUE)
=EXACT(A3,B3) Checks whether the strings in the second row match (FALSE)
=EXACT(A4,B4) Checks whether the strings in the third row match (FALSE)
Applies to:
Excel 2003