Excel allows a user to get a type of value in the cell using the **TYPE** function. This step by step tutorial will assist all levels of Excel users in getting a type of value in the cell.

*Figure 1. The result of the TYPE function*

**Syntax of the TYPE Formula**

The generic formula for the TYPE function is:

**=TYPE (value)**

The parameter of the TYPE function is:

**value**– a value which type we want to get.

Here are the results of the function depending on the type of value:

**Setting up Our Data for the TYPE Function**

Let’s look at the structure of the data we will use. In column B (“Value”), we have values and in column C (“Type”) we want to get a type for the values.

* Figure 2. Data that we will use in the TYPE example*

**Get a Type of a Value Using the TYPE Function**

In our example, we want to get a type of the value in the cell B3 (65). The result will be in the cell C3.

The formula looks like:

**=TYPE(B3)**

The parameter **value **is the cell B3.

To apply the TYPE function, we need to follow these steps:

- Select cell C3 and click on it
- Insert the formula:
`=TYPE(B3)`

- Press enter
- Drag the formula down to the other cells in the column by clicking and dragging the little “+” icon at the bottom-right of the cell.

*Figure 3. Using the TYPE function to get the type of value*

Finally, the result in the cell E3 is 1, as the value in the cell B3 is the number (65).

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