# TYPE Formula

## Definition

Let’s introduce the TYPE formula in Excel. This inbuilt function assists you in identifying the type of data contained in a cell.

## Purpose

We use this formula to discern the data type in a cell. This comes in handy when working with large datasets, enabling swift categorization and efficient analysis of different data types.

## Syntax

Here’s the syntax for this formula:

`=TYPE(value)`

## Parameters

The only parameter for this formula is the ‘value’. The ‘value’ refers to the cell you want to check.

## Returns

The TYPE formula will return a number representing the data type:

• Number – 1
• Text – 2
• Logical value – 4
• Error value – 16
• Array – 64

## Usage notes

You’ll find this formula especially helpful when auditing data or debugging a complex workbook. Also, it helps streamline data analysis by categorizing different types of data.

## Availability

The TYPE formula is available in all versions of Excel.

## Example #1

For our first example, let’s use this formula on a numerical value:

`=TYPE(A1)`

If A1 contains a number, the formula will return 1.

## Example #2

In our second example, we’ll find the type for a cell with text:

`=TYPE(B1)`

In this scenario, if B1 has a text value, the formula will return 2.

## Example #3

Next, let’s check a logical value:

`=TYPE(C1)`

In this case, if C1 contains TRUE or FALSE, this formula will return 4.

## Example #4

For our fourth example, let’s see what happens when we apply this formula on an error value:

`=TYPE(D1)`

Here, if D1 contains an error like #N/A, the TYPE formula will return 16.

## Example #5

Finally, let’s use this formula on an array:

`=TYPE({1,2,3})`

In this case, the formula will return 64, indicating an array.

## Tips and tricks

Remember, this formula can help you streamline your Excel worksheets by allowing you to discern various data types swiftly.

## Limitations

The TYPE formula can’t detect certain types like dates or times, as Excel stores these as numbers.

## Common errors and solutions

The TYPE formula requires one argument only. Ensure you’ve included a single cell reference or value in the parentheses.

## Best Practices

When using this formula, ensure you understand how Excel categorizes data. This will enable you to interpret the formula’s output correctly.

## List of Related functions

Related functions include CELL, ISNUMBER, ISTEXT, ISLOGICAL, and ISERROR, which can provide more specific information about the data type.

## Frequently Used with the formulas

You often use this formula with functions like IF for conditional statements depending on the type of data.

### Q. What does the TYPE formula return for a date?

Excel stores dates as numbers, so this formula will return 1 for a date.

### Q. Can the TYPE formula detect an array?

Yes, it can. If you use this formula on an array, it will return 64.

### Q. How can I use the TYPE formula to check the type of a cell?

You can directly refer to the cell within this formula like this: =TYPE(A1), where A1 is the cell you want to check.

### Q. What happens if I use the TYPE formula on an empty cell?

If you use this formula on an empty cell, it will return 1, just like it would for a number.

### Q. What does the TYPE formula return for logical values?

If you use this formula on a cell containing TRUE or FALSE, it will return 4.

The TYPE formula can be a game-changer for auditing and categorizing data, paving the way for efficient data analysis. Enjoy exploring this versatile tool in Excel!