#### Problem with ISTEXT()

```Why does the following formula return TRUE?

=ISTEXT(LEFT(A1,1))

where cell A1 contains the text "10Y".
```
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```Because LEFT is a text function, this will work

=ISTEXT(--LEFT(A1,1))

--

Regards,

Peo Sjoblom

"Schizoid Man" <schizoid_man@invalid.com> wrote in message
news:61A9DB25-9E3B-4A4E-8381-9E9C1589F0D4@microsoft.com...
> Why does the following formula return TRUE?
>
> =ISTEXT(LEFT(A1,1))
>
> where cell A1 contains the text "10Y".

```
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11/11/2009 6:10:04 PM
```Note that if the leftmost character is not a number the formula will be
incorrect so it's better to use ISNUMBER instead

=ISNUMBER(--(LEFT(A1,1)))

will return TRUE for 10Y and FALSE for YYY

--

Regards,

Peo Sjoblom

"Peo Sjoblom" <Someone@mvps.org> wrote in message
news:e5UeyovYKHA.1596@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
> Because LEFT is a text function, this will work
>
> =ISTEXT(--LEFT(A1,1))
>
> --
>
>
> Regards,
>
>
> Peo Sjoblom
>
>
> "Schizoid Man" <schizoid_man@invalid.com> wrote in message
> news:61A9DB25-9E3B-4A4E-8381-9E9C1589F0D4@microsoft.com...
>> Why does the following formula return TRUE?
>>
>> =ISTEXT(LEFT(A1,1))
>>
>> where cell A1 contains the text "10Y".
>
>

```
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11/11/2009 6:21:40 PM
```This will also work:
=ISNUMBER(VALUE(LEFT(A1,1)))

"Peo Sjoblom" wrote:

> Note that if the leftmost character is not a number the formula will be
> incorrect so it's better to use ISNUMBER instead
>
>
> =ISNUMBER(--(LEFT(A1,1)))
>
>
> will return TRUE for 10Y and FALSE for YYY
>
> --
>
>
> Regards,
>
>
> Peo Sjoblom
>
>
> "Peo Sjoblom" <Someone@mvps.org> wrote in message
> news:e5UeyovYKHA.1596@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
> > Because LEFT is a text function, this will work
> >
> > =ISTEXT(--LEFT(A1,1))
> >
> > --
> >
> >
> > Regards,
> >
> >
> > Peo Sjoblom
> >
> >
> > "Schizoid Man" <schizoid_man@invalid.com> wrote in message
> > news:61A9DB25-9E3B-4A4E-8381-9E9C1589F0D4@microsoft.com...
> >> Why does the following formula return TRUE?
> >>
> >> =ISTEXT(LEFT(A1,1))
> >>
> >> where cell A1 contains the text "10Y".
> >
> >
>
>
> .
>
```
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11/12/2009 1:09:03 AM

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