Excel Exact Function

This post will guide you how to use Excel EXACT function with syntax and examples in Microsoft excel.


The Excel EXACT function compares if two text strings are the same and returns TRUE if they are the same, Or, it will return FALSE.

The EXACT function is a build-in function in Microsoft Excel and it is categorized as a Text Function.

Note: The EXACT function is case-sensitive.

The EXACT function is available in Excel 2016, Excel 2013, Excel 2010, Excel 2007, Excel 2003, Excel XP, Excel 2000, Excel 2011 for Mac.


The syntax of the EXACT function is as below:

= EXACT (text1,text2)

Where the EXACT function arguments are:

  • Text1 and Text2 -This is a required argument.  Two text strings that you want to compare


The below example will show you how to use Excel EXACT Text function to check whether the two text string values are identical.

#1 To compare if the text strings in both B1 and C1 cells are the same, just using formula: =EXACT(B1,C1).

excel exact function example 1

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