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Excel ERROR.TYPE Function

The ERROR.TYPE function returns a number that corresponds to a specific error value. If no error exists, ERROR.TYPE returns the #N/A error.

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  • error_val (required): The error for which the corresponding number would be returned.

Return Value

The ERROR.TYPE function returns an integer.

Function Notes

  • In most cases, error_val is supplied as a reference to a cell that may contain an error.
  • ERROR.TYPE can be used along with the IF function for a custom text result, instead of the error value.


Let’s say we have a table of formulas as shown below, to get error codes of the formulas’ results, please copy or enter the formula below in the top cell, press Enter to get the result, and then drag the fill handle (at the lower right corner of the result cell) down to apply the formula to below cells.


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Related functions

Excel ISERR Function

The ISERR function returns TRUE for any error type (except #N/A) and FALSE otherwise.

Excel ISERROR Function

The ISERROR function returns TRUE for any error type and FALSE otherwise.

Excel ISNA Function

The ISERROR function returns TRUE for the #N/A error value and FALSE otherwise.

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