## Excel Formula: Check if cell contains some texts but not contains others

To check if a cell contains some texts in range A but does not contain the texts in range B, you can use an array formula which combines the COUNT, SEARCH and AND function in Excel. Here this tutorial explains how to use this array formula.

**Generic formula:**

=AND(COUNT(SEARCH(include,text))>0,COUNT(SEARCH(exclude,text))=0) |

**Arguments**

Text: the text string you want to check. |

Include: the values you want to check if argument text contains. |

Exclude: the values you want to check if argument text does not contain. |

**Return value:**

This formula returns logical value. If the cell contains at least one of argument Include but does not contain any one of argument Exclude, it will return TRUE, or it will return FALSE.

**How this formula work**

Supposing you want to check if the cell B3 contains one of values in range E3:E5, but at the same time, it does not contain anyone values in range F3:F4, please use below formula

=AND(COUNT(SEARCH($E$3:$E$5,B3))>0,COUNT(SEARCH($F$3:$F$4,B3))=0) |

Press **Shift + Ctrl + Enter** key to check the cell.

**Explanation**

**Part 1: ( COUNT(SEARCH($E$3:$E$5,B3))>0 check if cell B3 contains one of values in range E3:E5**

SEARCH function: the SEARCH function returns the position of the first character of the text string inside another, if the SEARCH function finds the matched text, it returns the relative position, if not, it returns #VALUE! error. Here, the formula *SEARCH($E$3:$E$5,B3)* will search each value in the range E3:E5 in cell B3, and return the location of each text string in the cell B3. It will return an array result as this: *{1;7;#VALUE!}*.

COUNT function: the COUNT function counts the number of items in a range or an array. *COUNT(SEARCH($E$3:$E$5,B3))* returns 2 as the number of items in the array *{1;7;#VALUE!}* is two.

*COUNT(SEARCH($E$3:$E$5,B3))>0*, compare the result of COUNT function and zero, as long as the result of COUNT function is greater than 0, the result will return TRUE, or it will return FALSE. Here it returns TRUE.

**Part 2: COUNT(SEARCH($F$3:$F$4,B3))=0 check if cell B3 does not contain one of values in range F3:F4**

SEARCH function: the SEARCH function returns the position of the first character of the text string inside another, if the SEARCH function finds the matched text, it returns the relative position; if not, it returns #VALUE! error. Here, the formula *SEARCH($F$3:$F$4,B3)* will search each value of the range F3:F4 in cell B3, and returns the location of each text string in the cell B3. It will return an array result as this: *{#VALUE!; #VALUE!;#VALUE!}*.

COUNT function: the COUNT function counts the number of items in a range or an array. *COUNT(SEARCH($F$3:$F$4,B3))* returns 0 as there are no items in the array *{#VALUE!; #VALUE!;#VALUE!}* .

*COUNT(SEARCH($F$3:$F$4,B3))>0*, compare the result of COUNT function and zero, as long as the result of COUNT function is equal to 0, it will return TRUE, or it will return FALSE. Here it returns TRUE.

**Part 3: AND function**

=AND(COUNT(SEARCH($E$3:$E$5,B3))>0,COUNT(SEARCH($F$3:$F$4,B3))=0)

=AND(TRUE,TRUE)

=TRUE

** Sample File**

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