ISREF returns TRUE when value is a reference and FALSE if not: Some functions, like INDEX and OFFSET, can return a reference. As long as the reference is valid, ISREF returns TRUE: To evaluate a reference as text (i.e. “A1”), use the INDIRECT function:


Use the INDIRECT function with ISREF to evaluate a reference as text.

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