How to Check if Cell is Empty in Google Sheets


You can use the following formulas to check if cells are empty in Google Sheets:

Method 1: Check if One Cell is Empty

=IF(ISBLANK(A1),"Empty","Not Empty")

If cell A1 is empty, this formula returns “Empty” and if it’s not then the formula returns “Not Empty.”

Method 2: Check if Multiple Cells are Empty

=IF(AND(ISBLANK(A1), ISBLANK(B1)),"Empty","Not Empty")

If cells A1 and B1 are both empty, this formula returns “Empty.” Otherwise, it returns “Not Empty.”

The following examples show how to use each method in Google Sheets.

Example 1: Check if One Cell is Empty

Suppose we have the following dataset in Google Sheets that shows the number of points scored by various basketball players:

We’ll use the following formula to check if each cell in column A is empty:

=IF(ISBLANK(A2),"Empty","Not Empty") 

We’ll type this formula into cell B2 and then copy and paste it down to every remaining cell in column B:

Google Sheets check if cell is empty

The values in column B tell us whether each corresponding value in column A is empty or not.

Example 2: Check if Multiple Cells are Empty

Suppose we have the following dataset in Google Sheets:

We’ll use the following formula to check if the cell in both column A and column B are empty:

=IF(AND(ISBLANK(A2), ISBLANK(B2)),"Empty","Not Empty")

We’ll type this formula into cell C2 and then copy and paste it down to every remaining cell in column C:

Google Sheets check if multiple cells are empty

The values in column C tell us whether or not both corresponding values in column A and column B are empty.

Note: You can find the complete documentation for the ISBLANK function in Google Sheets here.

Additional Resources

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

How to Use “If Contains” in Google Sheets
How to Use ISERROR in Google Sheets
How to Ignore #N/A Values with Formulas in Google Sheets

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