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You can use the following formulas to use an IF function with text values in Excel:

**Method 1: Check if Cell is Equal to Text**

=IF(A2="Starting Center", "Yes", "No")

This formula will return “Yes” if the value in cell **A2** is “Starting Center” – otherwise it will return “No.”

**Method 2: Check if Cell Contains Specific Text**

=IF(ISNUMBER(SEARCH("Guard", A2)), "Yes", "No")

This formula will return “Yes” if the value in cell **A2** contains “Guard” anywhere in the cell – otherwise it will return “No.”

**Method 3: Check if Cell Contains One of Several Specific Texts**

=IF(SUMPRODUCT(--ISNUMBER(SEARCH({"Backup","Guard"},A2)))>0, "Yes", "No")

This formula will return “Yes” if the value in cell **A2** contains “Backup” *or* “Guard” anywhere in the cell – otherwise it will return “No.”

The following examples show how to use each formula in practice with the following dataset in Excel:

**Example 1: Check if Cell is Equal to Text**

We can type the following formula into cell **C2** to return “Yes” if the value in cell **A2** is equal to “Starting Center” or return “No” otherwise:

=IF(A2="Starting Center", "Yes", "No")

We can then click and drag this formula down to each remaining cell in column C:

The formula returns “Yes” for the one row where the value in column A is equal to “Starting Center” and returns “No” for all other rows.

**Example 2: Check if Cell Contains Specific Text**

We can type the following formula into cell **C2** to return “Yes” if the value in cell **A2** contains “Guard” anywhere in the cell or return “No” otherwise:

=IF(ISNUMBER(SEARCH("Guard", A2)), "Yes", "No")

We can then click and drag this formula down to each remaining cell in column C:

The formula returns “Yes” for each row that contains “Guard” in column A and returns “No” for all other rows.

**Example 3: Check if Cell Contains Several Specific Texts**

We can type the following formula into cell **C2** to return “Yes” if the value in cell **A2** contains “Backup” *or* “Guard” anywhere in the cell or return “No” otherwise:

=IF(SUMPRODUCT(--ISNUMBER(SEARCH({"Backup","Guard"},A2)))>0, "Yes", "No")

We can then click and drag this formula down to each remaining cell in column C:

The formula returns “Yes” for each row that contains “Backup” *or* “Guard” in column A and returns “No” for all other rows.

**Note**: Feel free to include as many text values as you’d like in the curly brackets in the formula to search for as many specific text values in a cell as you’d like.

**Additional Resources**

The following tutorials explain how to perform other common tasks in Excel:

Excel: How to Use IF Function with Multiple Conditions

Excel: How to Create IF Function to Return Yes or No

Excel: How to Use an IF Function with Range of Values