# EXACT

The EXACT function in Excel is used to compare two text strings for exact equality. It returns TRUE if the strings are identical, including letter case, and FALSE if they are different.

## Syntax ๐

=EXACT(`text1`

, `text2`

)

`text1` | The first text string for comparison. |

`text2` | The second text string for comparison. |

## About EXACT ๐

When you need to verify if two text strings are exactly the same, down to the last character and even letter case, the EXACT function comes to the rescue in Excel. Whether you're working on data validation, error checking, or simply comparing information, EXACT ensures precision in your assessments by detecting any subtle differences between strings, including spaces and special characters. It's a handy tool for confirming perfect matches in your dataset and facilitating accurate decision-making based on text comparisons.

## Examples ๐

Check if two text strings 'Apple' and 'Apple' are exact matches using the EXACT function. The formula would be: =EXACT("Apple","Apple")

Verify if 'excel' and 'Excel' are identical using EXACT. The formula would be: =EXACT("excel","Excel")

## Notes ๐

The EXACT function is case-sensitive, meaning that it considers uppercase and lowercase letters as distinct. It's crucial to keep this in mind when using the function to prevent potential discrepancies in your comparisons. Additionally, EXACT is sensitive to extra spaces or special characters, which can lead to differences even in apparently similar text strings. Therefore, ensure careful text input and formatting for accurate results when using EXACT in your Excel worksheets.

## Questions ๐

**What does the EXACT function return if the two text strings are identical?**

If the two text strings are exactly the same, including case sensitivity, the EXACT function returns TRUE.

**Does EXACT consider extra spaces or special characters in text comparisons?**

Yes, EXACT considers extra spaces or special characters in text comparisons. Even a single space or special character difference will result in EXACT returning FALSE for two strings that may appear similar visually.

**Is the EXACT function case-sensitive?**

Yes, the EXACT function is case-sensitive. It differentiates between uppercase and lowercase letters in text comparisons.