You can use the following formula to check if a given cell in Excel contains a question mark anywhere in the cell:

=IF(ISNUMBER(SEARCH("~?", A2)), "Yes", "No")

This particular formula checks if cell **A2** contains a question mark and returns “Yes” if it does.

Otherwise, it returns “No.”

**Note**: The tilde symbol (**~**) in Excel indicates that the next character is a literal.

The following example shows how to use this formula in practice.

**Example: Search for Question Mark in Cell in Excel**

Suppose we have the following list of phrases in Excel:

Suppose we would like to search each phrase in column A to determine if it contains a question mark or not.

To do so, we can type the following formula into cell **B2**:

=IF(ISNUMBER(SEARCH("~?", A2)), "Yes", "No")

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

The formula returns “Yes” if the phrase contains a question mark.

Otherwise, it returns “No” if no question mark is found.

For example, we can see:

- The first phrase does not contain a question mark.
- The second phrase does contain a question mark.
- The third phrase does contain a question mark.

And so on.

Note that if you’d like to return values other than “Yes” and “No”, simply replace these values in the formula with whatever values you’d like.

Also note that you can use the following formula to return **TRUE** or **FALSE** to indicate whether a cell contains a question mark or not:

=ISNUMBER(SEARCH("~?", A2))

The following screenshot shows how to use this formula in practice:

The formula returns **TRUE** or **FALSE** to indicate whether each phrase contains a question mark or not.

**Additional Resources**

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

Excel: How to Search for an Asterisk in a Cell

Excel: How to Find Unique Values from Multiple Columns

Excel: How to Match Two Columns and Return a Third