Step one

In a new google sheet insert an image into cell A1 with

Insert > Image > Image In Cell

Step two

Create a formula to return TRUE (if the cell contains an image) and FALSE (if the image is missing)


Only vanilla formulas are allowed. The shortest code in bytes wins.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Welcome to Code Golf! Your first question is OK, however it is never a good idea to post a super short answer to your own question immediately; you could, however, post it as a comment on your challenge and give brownie points to anyone who beats it. Next, answers should be scored by bytes, not characters. Finally, text-processing isn't relevant to this challenge. I recommend you read How to Ask a Good Question before asking questions and try posting competitive answers too. \$\endgroup\$ – Makonede Apr 2 at 22:23
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    \$\begingroup\$ As a challenge, this is completely fine. I'd consider making this a tips question, honestly, but it's not a bad challenge. \$\endgroup\$ – hyper-neutrino Apr 2 at 22:24
  • \$\begingroup\$ Will excel formulas and VBA be ok? \$\endgroup\$ – Wasif Apr 3 at 2:13
  • \$\begingroup\$ Is the cell empty if the image is not there, or might it contain other non-image content? \$\endgroup\$ – xnor Apr 3 at 6:23
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Wasif This question is google sheets only since I do not believe excel allows images inside cells like google sheets, at least exporting the google sheet to excel pushes the image outside of the cell. \$\endgroup\$ – CodeCamper Apr 4 at 3:38


The shortest I've found, which I believe currently works, is:


13 characters, have not yet verified any false positives as I believe everything can be concatenated except images.

EDIT: False positive confirmed in comments from division error for example as these cannot be concatenated either.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Typing =1/0 into A1 will also give an error here (as in, false positive). \$\endgroup\$ – hyper-neutrino Apr 2 at 22:22

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