## How to check cell that contains one of many with exclusions in Excel

To test a cell for one of many strings, while excluding others, you can use a formula based on the SEARCH, ISNUMBER, and SUMPRODUCT functions. Formula =(SUMPRODUCT(–ISNUMBER(SEARCH(include,A1)))>0) *(SUMPRODUCT(–ISNUMBER(SEARCH(exclude,A1)))=0) Note: this formula returns either 1 or zero, which are handled like TRUE and FALSE in formulas, conditional formatting, or data validation. Explanation In the example shown the …