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.
How to copy an example
- Create a blank workbook or worksheet.
- Select the example in the Help topic.
Note Do not select the row or column headers.
Selecting an example from Help
- Press CTRL+C.
- In the worksheet, select cell A1, and press CTRL+V.
- 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.
||Checks whether the strings in the first row match (TRUE)
||Checks whether the strings in the second row match (FALSE)
||Checks whether the strings in the third row match (FALSE)