TYPEformula in Google Sheets is used to determine the data type of the specified value. The result will be a number that corresponds to the data type, with 1 being a number, 2 being text, 3 being a logical value (TRUE or FALSE), 4 being an error value, 5 being a range, 6 being an array, and 7 being a cell reference. This formula is commonly used in conjunction with other formulas that require a certain data type as input.
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TYPE formula with the syntax shown below, it has 1 required parameter:
- value (required):
The value whose data type you want to determine. This can be a number, text, logical value, error value, range, array, or cell reference.
ExamplesHere are a few example use cases that explain how to use the
TYPEformula in Google Sheets.
Checking data type of input
One of the most common use cases for the
TYPE formula is to check the data type of an input value in order to ensure it is compatible with other formulas being used. For example, if you are trying to perform a calculation that requires a number input, you can use
TYPE to verify that the input is indeed a number before proceeding.
Handling error values
TYPE formula can also be used to handle error values in a spreadsheet. If a formula returns an error value, you can use
TYPE to identify the type of error and take appropriate action, such as displaying a custom error message or performing a different calculation.
Identifying cell references
When working with complex formulas, it can be helpful to know whether a particular value is a cell reference or not. The
TYPE formula can be used to identify cell references, which can then be used in other formulas to dynamically reference cells based on certain criteria.
TYPEnot working? Here are some common mistakes people make when using the
TYPEGoogle Sheets Formula:
Incorrect argument type
The TYPE function only accepts one argument of any data type. Make sure the input is correct and matches the expected data type.
Using a range as input
The TYPE function only works with individual cells or values. If you want to get the type for a range, you need to use an array formula or another function to reference the individual value within the range.
The TYPE function requires an argument. Make sure that you have provided a value to the function.
Using the wrong function
If you are trying to check the type of a range, you may be better off using the ARRAYFORMULA function or another function that can handle ranges.
Using a non-existent function
Make sure that you are using the correct spelling and syntax for the TYPE function. Check that you have not misspelled the function name or used incorrect syntax.
The following functions are similar to
TYPE or are often used with it in a formula:
ISNUMBERformula is used to check if a given value is a number. It returns TRUE if the value is a number and FALSE if it is not. This formula is commonly used in data cleaning and validation to identify and remove non-numeric values or to ensure that a cell only contains a number.
ISTEXTfunction checks whether the value provided is a text string or not. It returns TRUE if the value is text and FALSE if it is any other data type. This function is commonly used when working with data sets that contain text and non-text values.
ISLOGICALformula is used to check if a value is a logical value (TRUE or FALSE). If the value is a logical value, the formula returns TRUE. If the value is not a logical value, the formula returns FALSE.
ISERRORformula is used to check if a value contains an error. This formula returns
TRUEif the value is an error, and
FALSEif it is not. This function is most commonly used in combination with other formulas that can return errors, to ensure that the resulting value is valid.
INDIRECTformula is used to return a cell reference specified by a string. This can be useful when you need to dynamically reference a cell based on the value in another cell. The
INDIRECTformula can also be used to reference cells in other sheets or workbooks.
You can learn more about the
TYPE Google Sheets function on Google Support.