Using IF function in Excel: formulas for numbers, text, dates, blank cells

The IF function is one of the most popular and useful functions in Excel. You use an IF statement to ask Excel to test a condition and to return one value if the condition is met, and another value if the condition is not met.

In this tutorial, we are going to learn the syntax and common usages of Excel IF function, and then will have a closer look at formula examples that will hopefully prove helpful both to beginners and experienced Excel users.

Excel IF function - syntax and usage

The IF function is one of Excel's logical functions that evaluates a certain condition and returns the value you specify if the condition is TRUE, and another value if the condition is FALSE.

The syntax for Excel IF is as follows:

IF(logical_test, [value_if_true], [value_if_false])

As you see, the IF function has 3 arguments, but only the first one is obligatory, the other two are optional.

  • logical_test - a value or logical expression that can be either TRUE or FALSE. Required.In this argument, you can specify a text value, date, number, or any comparison operator.

    For example, your logical test can be expressed as or B1="sold", B1<12/1/2014, B1=10 or B1>10.

  • value_if_true - the value to return when the logical test evaluates to TRUE, i.e. if the condition is met. Optional.

    For example, the following formula will return the text "Good" if a value in cell B1 is greater than 10: =IF(B1>10, "Good")

  • value_if_false - the value to be returned if the logical test evaluates to FALSE, i.e. if the condition is not met. Optional.

    For example, if you add "Bad" as the third parameter to the above formula, it will return the text "Good" if a value in cell B1 is greater than 10, otherwise, it will return "Bad": =IF(B1>10, "Good", "Bad")

Excel IF function - formula example

Excel IF function - things to remember!

Though the last two parameters of the IF function are optional, your formula may produce unexpected results if you don't know the underlying logic beneath the hood.

  1. If value_if_true is omitted

    If the value_if_true argument is omitted in your Excel IF formula (i.e. there is only a comma following logical_test), the IF function returns zero (0) when the condition is met. Here is an example of such a formula: =IF(B1>10,, "Bad")

    In case you don't want your Excel IF statement to display any value when the condition is met, enter double quotes ("") in the second parameter, like this: =IF(B1>10, "", "Bad"). Technically, in this case the formula returns an empty string, which is invisible to the user but perceivable to other Excel functions.

    The following screenshot demonstrates the above approaches in action, and the second one seems to be more sensible:
    IF formulas with the value_if_true argument omitted

  2. If value_if_false is omitted

    If you don't care what happens when the specified condition is not met, you can omit the 3rd parameter in your Excel IF formulas, which will result in the following.

    If the logical test evaluates to FALSE and the value_if_false parameter is omitted (there is just a closing bracket after the value_if_true argument), the IF function returns the logical value FALSE. It's a bit unexpected, isn't it? Here is an example of such a formula: =IF(B1>10, "Good")

    Putting a comma after the value_if_true argument forces your IF statement to return 0, which doesn't make much sense either: =IF(B1>10, "Good",)

    And again, the most reasonable approach is to put "" in the third argument, in this case you will have empty cells when the condition is not met: =IF(B1>10, "Good", "")
    IF formulas with the value_if_false argument omitted

  3. Get the IF function to display logical values TRUE or FALSE

    For your Excel IF formula to display the logical values TRUE and FALSE when the specified condition is met and not met, respectively, type TRUE in the value_if_true argument. The value_if_false parameter can be FALSE or omitted. Here's a formula example:

    =IF(B1>10, TRUE, FALSE)
    =IF(B1>10, TRUE)
    an example of the IF function that displays logical values TRUE or FALSE

    Note. For your Excel IF statement to return TRUE and FALSE as the logical values (Boolean values) that other Excel formulas can recognize, make sure you don't enclose them in double quotes. A visual indication of a Boolean is middle align in a cell, as you see in the screenshot above.

    If you want "TRUE" and "FALSE" to be usual text values, enclose them in "double quotes". In this case, the returned values will be aligned left and formatted as General. No Excel formula will recognize such "TRUE" and "FALSE" text as logical values.

  4. IF statement to perform a math operation and return a result

    Instead of returning certain values, you can get your IF formula to test the specified condition, perform a corresponding math operation and return a value based on the result. You do this by using arithmetic operators or other Excel functions in the value_if_true and /or value_if_false arguments. Here are just a couple of formula examples:

    Example 1: =IF(A1>B1, C3*10, C3*5)

    The formula compares the values in cells A1 and B1, and if A1 is greater than B1, it multiplies the value in cell C3 by 10, by 5 otherwise.

    Example 2: =IF(A1<>B1, SUM(A1:D1), "")

    The formula compares the values in cells A1 and B1, and if A1 is not equal to B1, the formula returns the sum of values in cells A1:D1, an empty string otherwise.

Using the IF function in Excel - formula examples

Now that you are familiar with the Excel IF function's syntax, let's look at some formula examples and learn how to use IF as a worksheet function in Excel.

Excel IF statement for numbers: greater than, less than, equal to

The use of the IF function with numeric values is based on using different comparison operators to express your conditions. You will find the full list of logical operators illustrated with formula examples in the table below.

Condition Operator Formula Example Description
Greater than > =IF(A2>5, "OK",) If the number in cell A2 is greater than 5, the formula returns "OK"; otherwise 0 is returned.
Less than < =IF(A2<5, "OK", "") If the number in cell A2 is less than 5, the formula returns "OK"; an empty string otherwise.
Equal to = =IF(A2=5, "OK", "Wrong number") If the number in cell A2 is equal to 5, the formula returns "OK"; otherwise the function displays "Wrong number".
Not equal to <> =IF(A2<>5, "Wrong number", "OK") If the number in cell A2 is not equal to 5, the formula returns "Wrong number "; otherwise - "OK".
Greater than or equal to >= =IF(A2>=5, "OK", "Poor") If the number in cell A2 is greater than or equal to 5, the formula returns "OK"; otherwise - "Poor".
Less than or equal to <= =IF(A2<=5, "OK", "") If the number in cell A2 is less than or equal to 5, the formula returns "OK"; an empty string otherwise.

The screenshot below demonstrates the IF formula with the "Greater than or equal to" logical operator in action:
the IF formula with the

Excel IF function examples for text values

Generally, you write an Excel if statement with text using either "equal to" or "not equal to" operator, as demonstrated in a couple of IF examples that follow.

Example 1. Case-insensitive IF formula for text values

Like the overwhelming majority of Excel functions, IF is case-insensitive by default. What it means for you is that logical tests for text values do not recognize case in usual IF formulas.

For example, the following IF formula returns either "Yes" or "No" based on the "Delivery Status" (column C):

=IF(C2="delivered", "No", "Yes")

Translated into the plain English, the formula tells Excel to return "No" if a cell in column C contains the word "Delivered", otherwise return "Yes". At that, it does not really matter how you type the word "Delivered" in the logical_test argument - "delivered", "Delivered", or "DELIVERED". Nor does it matter whether the word "Delivered" is in lowercase or uppercase in the source table, as illustrated in the screenshot below.
Case-insensitive IF formula for text values

Another way to achieve exactly the same result is to use the "not equal to" operator and swap the value_if_true and value_if_false arguments:

=IF(C2<>"delivered", "Yes", "No")

Example 2. Case-sensitive IF formula for text values

If you want a case-sensitive logical test, use the IF function in combination with EXACT that compares two text strings and returns TRUE if the strings are exactly the same, otherwise it returns FALSE. The EXACT functions is case-sensitive, though it ignores formatting differences.

You use IF with EXACT in this way:

=IF(EXACT(C2,"DELIVERED"), "No", "Yes")

Where C is the column to which your logical test applies and "DELIVERED" is the case-sensitive text value that needs to be matched exactly.
Case-sensitive IF formula for text values

Naturally, you can also use a cell reference rather than a text value in the 2nd argument of the EXACT function, if you want to.

Note. When using text values as parameters for your IF formulas, remember to always enclose them in "double quotes".

Example 3. Excel if statement for text with partial match

If you want to base your condition on a partial match rather than exact match, an immediate solution that comes to mind is using wildcard characters (* or ?) in the logical_test argument. However, this simple and obvious approach won't work. Many Excel functions accept wildcards, but regrettably IF is not one of them.

A solution is to use IF in combination with ISNUMBER and SEARCH (case-insensitive) or FIND (case-sensitive) functions.

For example, if No action is required both for "Delivered" and "Out for delivery" items, the following formula will work a treat:

=IF(ISNUMBER(SEARCH("deliv",C2)), "No", "Yes")
IF formula for text values with partial match

We've used the SEARCH function in the above formula since a case-insensitive match suits better for our data. If you want a case-sensitive match, simply replace SEARCH with FIND in this way:

=IF(ISNUMBER(FIND("text", where to search)), value_if_true, value_if_false)

Excel IF formula examples for dates

At first sight, it may seem that IF formulas for dates are identical to IF statements for numeric and text values that we've just discussed. Regrettably, it is not so.

Unlike many other Excel functions, IF cannot recognize dates and interprets them as mere text strings, which is why you cannot express your logical test simply as >"11/19/2014" or >11/19/2014. Neither of the above arguments is correct, alas.

Example 1. IF formulas for dates with DATEVALUE function

To make the Excel IF function recognize a date in your logical test as a date, you have to wrap it in the DATEVALUE function, like this DATEVALUE("11/19/2014"). The complete IF formula may take the following shape:

=IF(C2<DATEVALUE("11/19/2014"), "Completed", "Coming soon")

As illustrated in the screenshot below, this IF formula evaluates the dates in column C and returns "Completed" if a game was played before Nov-11. Otherwise, the formula returns "Coming soon".
An example of the IF formula with the DATEVALUE function

Example 2. IF formulas with TODAY() function

In case you base your condition on the current date, you can use the TODAY() function in the logical_test argument of your IF formula. For example:

=IF(C2<DATEVALUE("11/19/2014"), "Completed", "Coming soon")

Naturally, the Excel IF function can understand more complex logical tests, as demonstrated in the next example.

Example 3. Advanced IF formulas for future and past dates

Suppose, you want to mark only the dates that occur in more than 30 days from now. In this case, you can express the logical_test argument as A2-TODAY()>30. The complete IF formula may be as follows:

=IF(A2-TODAY()>30, "Future date", "")

To point out past dates that occurred more than 30 days ago, you can use the following IF formula:

=IF(TODAY()-A2>30, "Past date", "")
Advanced IF formulas for future and past dates

If you want to have both indications in one column, you will need to use a nested IF function like this:

=IF(A2-TODAY()>30, "Future date", IF(TODAY()-A2>30, "Past date", ""))
A nested IF formula for dates

Excel IF examples for blank, non-blank cells

If you want to somehow mark your data based on a certain cell(s) being empty or not empty, you can either:

  • Use the Excel IF function in conjunction with ISBLANK, or
  • Use the logical expressions ="" (equal to blank) or <>"" (not equal to blank).

The table below explains the difference between these two approaches and provides formula example.

Logical test Description Formula Example
Blank cells ="" Evaluates to TRUE if a specified cell is visually empty, including cells with zero length strings.

Otherwise, evaluates to FALSE.

=IF(A1="", 0, 1)

Returns 0 if A1 is visually blank. Otherwise returns 1.

If A1 contains an empty string, the formula returns 0.

ISBLANK() Evaluates to TRUE is a specified cell contains absolutely nothing - no formula, no empty string returned by some other formula.

Otherwise, evaluates to FALSE.

=IF(ISBLANK(A1), 0, 1)

Returns the results identical to the above formula but treats cells with zero length strings as non-blank cells.

That is, if A1 contains an empty string, the formula returns 1.

Non-blank cells <>"" Evaluates to TRUE if a specified cell contains some data. Otherwise, evaluates to FALSE.

Cells with zero length strings are considered blank.

=IF(A1<>"", 1, 0)

Returns 1 if A1 is non-blank; otherwise returns 0.

If A1 contains an empty string, the formula returns 0.

ISBLANK()=FALSE Evaluates to TRUE if a specified cell is not empty. Otherwise, evaluates to FALSE.

Cells with zero length strings are considered non-blank.


Works the same as the above formula, but returns 1 if A1 contains an empty string.

The following example demonstrates blank / non-blank logical test in action.

Suppose, you have a date in column C only if a corresponding game (column B) was played. Then, you can use either of the following IF formulas to mark completed games:

=IF($C2<>"", "Completed", "")

=IF(ISBLANK($C2)=FALSE, "Completed", "")

Since there are no zero-length strings in our table, both formulas will return identical results:
The IF formula for blank / non-blank cells

Hopefully, the above examples have helped you understand the general logic of the IF function. In practice, however, you would often want a single IF formula to check multiple conditions, and our next article will show you how to tackle this task. In addition, we will also explore nested IF functions, array IF formulas, IFEFFOR and IFNA functions and more. Please stay tuned and thank you for reading!

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3,218 Responses to "Using IF function in Excel: formulas for numbers, text, dates, blank cells"

  1. Lillian Welsh says:

    How would I write the formula for if a range contains a value greater than 2, then true?

  2. Carla Quinn says:


    I'm trying to write a formula to say that if cell F4 says 'yes', to then remove the fill colour from cell E4. I am having trouble doing this. Can anyone do this? Thanks in advance :)

  3. Jyotiranjan says:

    I have two worksheet. i.e,Worksheet A and worksheet B. A11 of Worksheet A contains FR189X and B6 of Worksheet B is FR189. Likewise I have multiple rows in Worksheet B. I want to compare A11 of Worksheet A with column B of Worksheet B, if its equal then copy the value present on column F of Worksheet B into Worksheet A.

    I am using below codes and its working when A11 is same with B6.


    But its not working when I want to replace A11 of Worksheet A with B7 of Worksheet B. Can you please help?

  4. Christy says:

    Is there a way to automatically move a row to sheet 2 if a specific cell contained text?
    Cell that would contain a date or be blank is G2. If it contained text I'd want to move a2:h2 to sheet2. On sheet2 it would not need to be in any specific place.

  5. Dim says:

    I have a table with 5 columns, which each column has there own percentage of evaluation for example 25%-25%-25%-10%-15%.
    I want to create a formula that to look on each cell for each column the number and if it does't find number to take the percentage of that column and spread it to the other columns.

    25% 25% 25% 10% 15%
    1.00 0.73 0.45

    In this case it has to take the 25% and the 10% and spread it to the other columns and do the calculations again from the start so I will get the correct number.
    If I was going to do it by hand I will do the 35%/3 which 11.67% and add it on each column with data and then take the original data and multiply them with the result of the summary -

    0% 36.67% 36.67% 0% 26.67%

    Who can give a help with this?

  6. Joriz Empleo says:

    Please help me.. I HAVE 2 CONCERNS
    1. I have a column of "Stock Quantity". i want the "Stock Quantity"automatically decreases when i insert a data in my delivery sheets. then,

    2. From my "Stock Quantity" let say i have 1000 stocks, the "REORDER LEVEL is 2,500. i want the row highlighted into color red if the 'REORDER LEVEL IS GREATER THAN THE STOCK QUANTITY'. what formula should i use?

    Thank you..

    • INDRA says:

      i like to share my view here, if its use full i feel hapy

      For 2) conditional formating, then Highlight cell rules, then greater than option not required formle for RED colour

      For 1) In same cell its not possible, need to add one more column for stock quantiry for ( opening or closing )then its possible

      =B5-Sheet2!B6,share your mail id i try to send excel sheet directly

  7. Joriz Empleo says:

    ...if the 'REORDER LEVEL IS GREATER THAN THE STOCK QUANTITY'. what formula should i use?

    Thank you..

  8. ignatius says:

    80% - 83% 1 mark
    84% - 87% 2 mark
    88% - 91% 3 mark
    92% - 95% 4 mark
    96% - 100% 4 mark
    help me to formula for this in excel

    • INDRA says:


      Note: L29 is reference cell

      • Indra says:

        =IF(L29<80%," ",

  9. Murad says:


    If you see my data table, variable INNO_PS has value (yes/no) only for 2011H1. I need the same value for 2010H2 in INNO_PS variable if ID is same. This is a large database, it is not possible to do manually. Please help to get Excel syntax for this purpose. Thanks

    5 2010H2
    6 2010H2
    6 2011H1 No
    11 2010H2
    13 2010H2
    17 2010H2
    17 2011H1 Yes
    23 2010H2
    23 2011H1 No
    25 2010H2
    25 2011H1 No
    26 2010H2
    27 2010H2
    27 2011H1 Yes
    28 2010H2
    29 2010H2
    32 2010H2
    32 2011H1 Yes
    40 2010H2
    40 2011H1 No

  10. Anthony says:

    I am stumped, I am trying to tie 3 columns together with column 1 having a drop down menu. I need to be able to use the first column to select a city and the following 2 columns auto-populate with amounts.

    (IF D4=Norfolk, then E4=94 and F4=55) is what I am trying to get to work. Is this even possible?

  11. Jo says:

    What is the formula to allow an Yes/No response to the induction expiry.

    Induction expiry Permit to work
    16/03/2020 yes
    18/03/2018 no


  12. Mohit says:

    I Need if date is less than 15 days then it will be the same month and if date is more than 15 days the it should be next month. Please help in find formula

  13. maborinorosso says:

    Hello Everyone,

    Trying to figure out how to show the value from a cell when doing IF.OR function.

    Here is my function (not working):

    The function should show empty if empty, but show the value of cell "H14" if P14=Pallet, while if different, show the value of cell "L14".

    Thank to all for the help.

  14. KHAN says:



  15. Doug says:

    If the only two options are "PCS" or "CTN" then enter this in an empty cell:

  16. Greg says:

    I have a set reference number in Colum A1 (254511556)

    Column B1 has the product name (metal screw)
    Column B2 has the product delivery date (DOD 15 Nov 2018)

    Is there a way to move value B2 to C1, if so can someone please help with the formula.

    thank you

  17. Ganesh Sadanand Aakunoori says:

    Requested Mam/Sir,

    Kindly send me the All If functions in a Excel sheet, so that i will practice it at home after the office

    Your's Hopefully,

  18. Ross MacKay says:

    I am creating a time sheet. For each day I have three columns, Time (15 min breakdown of the day), Activity, and Time worked.

    I each created an IF function to fill the third column with a value 0.25 if the Activity cell has content.
    (ie; no content = I have not done any work. 0.25 represents the quarter of an hour i have worked).

    I had hoped to use a Sum function at the bottom of the third row to add up all the 0.25s to total my hours worked that day. However, the SUM function does not recognize the 0.25, generated by the IF function, as a number (cells are in number format but the 0.25 aligns to the left like text).

    Would appreciate some help with this puzzle :)

  19. Doug says:

    What's the IF formula you're using?

  20. Pricilla says:

    Hello all, I hope someone can shed some light on my issue.
    I am trying to calculate fuel consumption based on different MOVEMENTS of the ship from cell A1.
    Cell A1 will either be, LOAD, SEA, MANEUVER, DISCH. Each Movement will correspond to a different CELL with its corresponding fuel consumption rate. SEA corresponds to cell A20 (or 1.02). I tried the IF function, but could only manage to get one IF.
    ex A1 (SEA), B1=30 hours. FORMULA in C1, =IF(A1="SEA",(B1*A20)). This one works, but I cant seem to add multiple IF functions for LOAD, MANEUVER, DISCH, withouth it saying #value.
    Any help would be great! thank you

  21. hemant says:

    If(N2="YES",i should get a drop down list of (a b c d e ), if N2="NO", then i should get NA)
    how do i write this formula in excel

    • Hello, Hermant,

      Unfortunately, there is no way to solve your task using standard Excel functions. Most likely you need a special macro. I am really sorry we can’t help you with this.

      You may try to find the solution in VBA sections on or

      I wish I could assist you better.

  22. Prasad J. says:

    Dear Sir/Mam,

    i am following your formula and suggestions, all is best to use in work,
    plzz can you help me????

    if there is 1 box included 144 pcs
    suppoz i have closing stock is 146 pcs it means 1 box n 2 pcs if there is 288 pcs it means 2 box or if there is 143 pcs it means 143 pcs
    which formula i use and how????
    plzz help me asap
    mail me as soon as possible.


  23. KHALEEL says:

    Seeliya Unit Price Al-Khaira Unit Price Madinah Unit Price
    1472.6 420
    15.5 40
    7.75 2
    450 24
    6.2 2.5
    9.3 3
    10.85 12

    i need the solution for the above work.

    This is the purchasing process. For one material, there are three offers available in quotation. I need the name of the supplier in a column who bidding the price in less.

    Thanks in advance.

  24. Samith says:

    Is this correct


  25. SHEKHAR says:

    Please share me Excel Formula for following....

    I want difference in two different dates but if this difference is more than 1 day it should reflect other wise not

  26. sasou says:

    hi , how can i write the fact that if two countries use the same Currency 'euro' for exemple , 1 otherwise 0 ?
    waiting for your response

  27. Dayanand Patil says:

    >= 95 % = 1
    >= 97 %= 2
    >= 99.6 %=4
    >= 101 %=5
    >=103%= 6

    Kindly suggest for above if formula

  28. Carole Pettypiece says:

    I am trying to increase vacation hours by 3.5 hours each year after 10 years. So far I have it working for 3 yrs, 4 yrs and 5
    =IF(A2>=2016,105,IF(A2>=2015,140,IF(A2>=2012,175))) not sure how to continue to include and increase by 3.5 each year after 2009

  29. Eric says:

    Hii, am having a challenge with using an IF function to filter data of the type: 12/4/2018 5:53:40 PM.
    I have got a date captured just like above together with the time and i would like to filter by the date.
    How can i go about this?

  30. MF says:

    I'm having all sorts of problems with this. Please help!

    First tab: Typical Business Marketing List of 1200 businesses
    Column 1: Company Name
    Column 2: Address
    Column 3: City
    2nd tab: Narrowed list of 50 of those businesses for a targeted mailer.

    I'd like to add a column to the main tab that indicates which businesses on the 2nd Tab were sent the mailer, with an X or something, perhaps. To do this, I have to somehow match the two columns on the different tabs and then if there's a match, an X will appear.

    I've tried =IF, =MATCH, VLOOKUP with a hundred different options and I can't figure this out.
    Any help would be greatly appreciated!!
    Thank you!

  31. Doug says:

    There are several ways to identify duplicates in Excel. One way is to use Excel's built-in duplicate identification tool. Check out this article in AbleBits for several methods to accomplish your task.
    When you want to look across several sheets you can use something like this in the formula =COUNTIF(Sheet2!$A$1:$A$7,A1)>0
    Where this is in the Sheet1 conditional formula rule.

  32. Sam says:

    Please if you can help me my IF format is

    =IF(C2 ISBLANK,"",+30DAYS

    So basically what I want is if there is a date in cell C, then for cell D to add 30 days but if it is blank then leave cell D blank, i have an error in the +30 days but i can not work out how to do it

  33. M Waqas Rauf says:

    I am facing a problem in excel sheet I need your help.
    For example if we enter the value like this
    1517001255 (A6)
    To (A7)
    1517001260 (A8)
    Than how we can find the (1517001256,1257,1258,1259) in H6

  34. ANSAR says:

    My qustion is that in a cell in my worksheet which contain only date (12/12/12 to ...) and n/a so I need comment of dateee no problem,or n/a it should be a problem...

  35. Kavin says:

    Is there a formula for changing a cells color? Conditional Formatting will not work for what I want...

    I have a block of text, i.e. A2:F100, (the amount of rows changes every week) in which column A holds the different "Tape Numbers" (AA0053) that I'm verifying. I copy in a column of current available scratch tape numbers in the H column.

    What I want is for my formula to look at H2 (AA0008) and search column A. If it finds AA0008 then color fill H2 Green, IF NOT then color fill H2 Red. Then I'll copy that formula down to H3 and so on... I know the =IF statement will do the True/False check, but I'm not sure how to tell it to change the background color.

    A B C D E H
    AA0008 *EXP 11/19/2018 11/27/2018 11/27/2018 AA0008
    AA0058 *EXP 7/21/2013 7/29/2013 3/16/2015 AA0009
    AA0085 *EXP 7/10/2018 7/25/2018 7/28/2018 AA0010
    AA0086 *EXP 9/1/2018 11/30/2018 11/29/2018 AA0011
    AA0105 *EXP 12/14/2018 12/22/2018 12/22/2018 AA0012

    Conditional Formatting only find the "True" statement then formats the cell. I also need the false, so I want an "old school" formula. I'm not well versed with VBA, so I'm hoping to stay away from Macros.

  36. Ahmed says:

    I need your urgent help please
    I have two column, i want the current date in second column if i put a text in first column,
    When there is no text in first column then no date should be in second column

    • Doug says:

      From your post it's not clear what type of text should be in the first column, so I just used ISBLANK. Here's what I came up with for you.
      The cell where this formula is entered displays today's date when A2 is not blank otherwise the cell displays nothing.

      • Derrek says:


        regarding the =IF(ISBLANK(A2),"",TODAY()) , Will the date automatically update each day or will the date be set to whatever day you saved the file? I am trying to use the same idea. I want the date to post when anything is typed in cell A2, but I dont want the date to automatically update each day. I have to create a single file for each day of the month and am hoping to not have to go into each file and type the date each time. Looking to create a template.

  37. Jennifer says:

    I need help with a task.
    I have three columns, One has a list of vendors and if that vendor was on our job that month I put a Y in the 2nd column next to his name. The 3rd column then will have another Y if that vendor has turned in his paperwork for the month. What I want is if the 3rd column is blank i want to highlight it. But if there is No Y in the 2nd column then I want nothing done for those cells. So in other words, if the vendor wasn't onsite then I don't care if his paperwork is in. But if he was and he hasn't turned it in I want his cells highlighted.

    Thank you for your help.

  38. Jim says:

    How do you write an IF formula for a question and answer sheet?. Example of sheet would be Line 1 the Question and line 2, 3,4 & 5 would be the answer following a check box next to each answer. When checking the box it would show True or False at line 6.

  39. tringa says:

    Would someone help me with this assignment, it is urgent!
    We want to find the average grade but if i have all A and only a F in the average grade the argument should be "fail" (maybe this is with "IF" function) and i don't know how to do this.
    Hope i was clear.

  40. Moustafa says:

    how do write fourmela if cell 1 = cell 2 then add whats in cell 3

    i have 2 lists 1 of username and pc name and the other one is username and phone number so i put all to the same file i want to make if the name match the name then add the phone number so i can have pc name username phone number

    thanks in advance

  41. Natalie says:

    Hi all,

    I am trying to pull data from 3 different tabs onto one sheet. The data are US states in the columns and the other data is either "yes" "no" or is a blank cell. I've done vlookups to match the y/n/blank into 3 columns on one sheet. (I'm sure this isn't the best way to do this either..)

    But now I'd like to pull the data from those 3 columns (each pulling from a different tab) and do if statements to pull my answer into one column. So, for example, State = AL, B1 = yes, c2 = blank, c3 = yes. How do I write a formula to look at all 3 and pull which column isn't blank?

    Thanks in advance!

  42. Frances says:


    I'm trying to set up a sheet to keep track of cleared checks. I have a column that has the check amount (Col B). I have a check box to indicate it if was cleared (Col J). I want to have a column for the calculation (Col I). So if the check is Cleared (True) then this Column shows 0. If it is not cleared (False) then it shows the same amount as Col B.

    So far I have it to working with the True. I can't get it to equal the value of another cell for false though. I'd appreciate any help)

    I'm only trying it on a specific cell to make sure it works first.
    =IF ( J5 = TRUE, "0",(=B5))

  43. sandra says:

    I want a formula to calculate a value into column D
    The one I have will not return a dollar value. What am I doing wrong?
    A B C D
    10 10.00 #VALUE! S/B 11.11
    20 10.00 #VALUE! S/B 12.50
    30 10.00 #VALUE! S/B 14.28


  44. Amit says:

    Ihave 3 column "Amount" "Norm" "stab"

    Amount is => norm result is *Norm*
    Amount is => stab result is *stab*
    Amount is 0 result is *unpaid*
    Plz suggest

  45. Jean says:

    Hi, I am trying to write an if statement to return the value of 0 if the number in column c = 38 and if the number in column c is not 38 return the value in column O in the same row.

  46. SHEETAL says:

    maya has 2 car no DD03F9581 AND DD03G9344. AND LALU HAS 1 CAR NO DD03F9702

  47. Susan says:

    I'm trying to write a formula for the cell to display "x" if the date is greater than TODAY and if the cell does not contain any text.
    Tried this and I can't get it to work:
    Any suggestions?

  48. Nihal says:

    My total due amount is in cell A1 and status in cell A2
    i want cell A2 to change itself as per my conditions
    For ex,
    If A1>=0 then A2 should be "PAID",
    If A1 is greater then 0 but less then 350 A2 should be "DUE",
    & If A1 is greater then 350 A2 should be "OVER DUE"

  49. shankaraiah J says:

    Values to appear
    - to 10
    Above 31

    How can we use this in IF Condition as a status.....

  50. Mac says:

    How to I call to both numbers and have text in my if statement. I want to say something along the lines of "You are " + x + " dollars over budget". With the X being a called variable able to be changed.

    Thanks y'all for your help

  51. ManoJ says:

    I need something this type of answer in excel.. Please help:
    I want answer as "Sensitive" or "Insensitive" as per the texts in the reffered cell.

    exp: =if(A2= 376/377/376A/376B/376C, "Sensitive", "insensitive") .. hope you get my Idea what I am want in separate cell ?

  52. mary t says:

    I am trying to write an IF statement for a gym membership. Column C5 is the cost of the membership and Column D5 is the extra cost for a locker. If there is a YES in D5, add $75. If NO, no extra cost.

  53. janviernie says:

    Hello i am struggling on what formula am i going to use in order for me to put the value of a cell using some reference, example,

    if A1 CONTAINS 12345678 THEN PUT B1 ON THIS CELL. Can you understand the situation? please help

  54. Justin Squires says:

    Here is the scenario. I am currently counting down sizes for tshirts once as someone purchases one. I want to say if Any Row 1 to 200 on column D contains an "XL" then minus one from 100. How do i write that? So far i have =IF(D1="XL",E546-1,"") and it is just working for the cell D1 only. I want it work for the entire D column. Please note i have the 100 on E546. Help please

  55. Din says:

    Hi Everyone,

    i need some help in replacing the column text.
    Scenario: A3 needs to be replaced in new column J3. If it matches with the values in (B3 = H3 AND J3 = C3) when the data between these column matches i need to replace the text value from A3 to J3 else "NA". Can someone please share the logic that would be much appreciated!!

  56. LinKata says:

    Hi! I need a formula for the following: If A1 or B1 or C1 or D1 contain "2" then write "True" in cell E1. I would like to know that any of the mentioned cells contain number "2". Thank you for your answer in advance! :)

  57. sya says:

    Hi, can you Help me to solve this, i want to create 'A,B,C and D' for following marks
    A=90 above

    please help me to create the formula using IF function

  58. BKT says:

    I am trying to add a column of IF statements and the sum will not recognize any number other than 0. My IF function in each cell is:

    How can I sum this column automatically?
    Thank you.

  59. Tammy Thomas says:

    I am trying to setup a formula that looks at the contents of a particular cell (either Global Brokerage or USA Brokerage) and then, depending on Global vs. USA, I want to point to a 1 of 2 cells that contains a percentage. The percentages can change and I do not want to type the actual percent into the formula. I want to point to the % in 1 of 2 cells.

  60. Patrick Pek says:

    Hi , may I seek some helps on excel function... is there a way for the excel function to do an automatic recalculation if a defined criteria is not IF B2=5 or less than 5 then goto do recalculation..
    Thanks and best regards

  61. bipin says:

    IF Cell A1 IS NOT EQUAL TO Cell B2 or Cell A1 is blank then it is to be considered as Cell C1 data

  62. Shake says:

    I have an simple If function in B1 for example =IF(A1>=1,"1","0").
    The entry number works if I use it in a =SUM formula horizontally in D1 =SUM(C1-B1). Example: A1 entry is 2, B1 becomes 1. C1 entry is 4, D1 becomes 3. Works great.
    Here is where I run into trouble. I copy formulas vertical example: B2, B3, B4... then attempt a simple SUM formula =SUM(B1:B4) the result is always 0 even if B1 thru B4 all have 1 as a result.

  63. Andy says:

    I have tried several ways to do this,please help.
    if A2:21 says complete it equals a % and totals all within
    Thank you

  64. janet says:

    Please assist me as I am trying to create if then function in excel but I don't know how to include if the cell is blank =IF(K2335="eamc","YES","NO") but this statement also put "no" if the cell is blank. how can I make it like if there is no data then it has to be blank as well.

  65. moon says:

    that looks at the contents of a particular cell (either Global Brokerage or USA Brokerage) and then, depending on Global vs. USA, I want to point to a 1 of 2 cells that contains a percentage. The percentages can change and I do not want to type the actual percent into the formula. I want to point to the % in 1 of 2 cells.

  66. Wilsen Kannan says:

    =IF( ((G12 * E12) + 14)> 220), 220, ((G12*E12)+14)
    Hi everyone i need help on these if statement on excel, G 12 is an unknown which is a value where i keyed in, meanwhile E12 is a value which i obtained through a returned value from another keyed in a value, both G 12 & E 12 multiply each other and should not give you more than 220, if it does, it supposed to print out 220 or else the value is supposed to be the the equation provided,need some help as i am getting errors when executing it

  67. Diane says:

    I'm trying to use this formula for these three qualifiers. Can't get it to work. Any suggestions?
    =IF(AND(ToCSDIncidents[@[Assignment Group Final],"CSD_SERVICES",ToCSDIncidents[@[Reassignment Count]],"0",ToCSDIncidents],ToCSDIncidents[[Exclusion]],""),"TRUE","FALSE"))

  68. Donna says:

    What my goal is to have a set of cell content only (B4:K6)to empty at 6am daily. Is it possible and if so how do I accomplish this task?

    Thank you.

  69. Ron says:

    Hi Svetlana,
    How would I write a formula for time zone conversion sample:
    Cell D2 Local Time, E2 is the GMT Conversion and L2 is the Converted TIME Zone
    is it like; =IF (E2=+2), D2+600
    My logic is: The time in L2 is the equivalent of D2+600 if E2 has value of +2
    Hope you could reply.

  70. David C Haynes says:

    Problem getting IFS formula to work.
    Problem I want the formula to read the cell and if it contains a certain text,then it is to input certain text, and if it is another text,then input another text,if the cell contains a certain text,then input a certain text.

    Cell: =IFS(C1="CAR","A.V",C1="NQR",C1="SCAR")
    Formula only regonizes CAR and inputs A.V.,but will not work for other two conditions.

  71. Lisa says:

    G 12 is an unknown which is a value where i keyed in, meanwhile E12 is a value which i obtained through a returned value from another keyed in a value, both G 12 & E 12 multiply each other and should not give you more than 220, if it does, it supposed to print out 220 or else the value is supposed to be the the equation provided,need some help as i am getting errors when executing it

  72. Lala says:


    I want to write a function that will find alternate minimum value for a range where logical value TRUE equal 1 and the logical value FALSE equals 0, and the text and blanks equals 0.

  73. tahir says:

    May i Know how to use TODAY function when my table has different dates,
    Date-1, Date-2,Date-3,
    How to get the same data on one column based on IF Function,

  74. Suana Haskovic says:


    I am in desperate help of trying to figure out an if statement that can help me calculate # of days past due.

    I have a column for start date, end date and actual date of completion. I have a column with a formula for today’s.

    Originally, I used the networkdays formula to calculate the days from due date to today’s date, but when I put in the actual completion date, the past due days keeps updating and I don’t want that.

    Have no idea if that made any sense. But hopefully someone can help me out !!

  75. Anna Dunbar says:

    I have two columns. Column G is my due date and column J says whether I have approved or denied the application. If the due date is in the next 7 days, from today, and the corresponding cell in column J is blank (meaning I have not approved or denied the application) I want the cell in column G to highlight, or the row, to let me know the due date is coming up and I have not taken action on the application yet.

  76. valerie says:

    Can someone help with formulas for the following 2 scenarios:
    1. Groups submitted from the 25th of the previous month
    -For month of February: statement is true if the date is 1/25/19 thru 2/28/19
    2. Groups submitted from the 25th of the current month
    -For month of February: statement is true if the date is 2/25/19 thru 2/28/19
    Thank you!

  77. Chris Bollin says:

    I am pulling my hair out on a formula. I have a workbook with 5 tabs ( Gen212, Poe,360 BWS, sample, Production). What would the formula be to have a flow number from tab 5 (production) in column H row 7 automatically populate into tab 3 (360 BWS) in column C row 18?

  78. Justin says:

    trying to write a formula that will look at 3 inputs and assign a point value.

    i need a formula that will assign 3 points to the highest score, 2 points to the second highest and 1 point for the lowest.


  79. Chris says:

    Hi All ,

    I hope everyone is well !

    I currently have the following in a cell =((H21-G21)*24-1)

    this simple formula allows me to count the number of hours between two times ( when working out working hours for my staff)

    I am looking to have this cell note that if a time is not put into the cells ( h21/g21 ) this information is current data validation from another sheet - and instead the word "holiday" is added the cell will generate an automatic number ? is this possible ? any help would be great !

    Out normal working hours for a "holiday is 8 hours" so if the cell says holiday i would like it to default this to "8"

    thanks again

  80. jd says:

    =IF(J10="","",(IF(J10>=75%,"HIGH"),(IF="",""(IF(J10,˂49"LOW,"MODERATE"))) my formula dont work

  81. thomas says:

    any idea how to make formula if I need something like this
    I have few different numbers (example 35413565 , 14451844) nd I need if first number is 3 then text in other column is (ex.YES) or if is 2 then text NO.
    Could someone help ?

  82. Sam says:

    I want a function in excel where when I enter "A" as absent in respective Cells for a month then other cells are marked as "P".

  83. Mi says:

    Hi, how would you write
    if a range of cells contains L, then add 9.5

  84. Nicole says:

    I have a list that is a drop down
    so sad
    I have a summary column that I just want a numerical value to appear in. So if someone chooses goodbye my summary column would show 2. If someone chose hello is would show 1 etc. What is the formula I should have in the summary column for it to determine this? Lets say the drop down values are in column B2.

  85. Rameez says:

    HI i am having on question
    i am having a excel file that contains website names
    in my sheet eg
    I need to highlight those cells which Matches first 15 letter's
    Answer would be Highly appricated


  86. Aaditya Dwivedi says:

    I am Aaditya please help me how can set this formula
    If A, B and C dealer has Purchased goods in different slab
    Slab Slab Point Purchase
    Silver 8000 7200
    Purple 5300 4900
    Blue 3000 5300

  87. Angie says:

    Can you please help with a formula to calculate a Balance column for a Cost and/or Refund for an expense sheet. I cannot figure out how to set up my balance column to calculate when a cost or refund was entered and give the new balance (either an addition for the refund or subtraction for the cost). The header for each column for the sheet looks like this:
    Date Initials Client Name Description Cost Refund Balance

  88. Santie says:

    I want to know how to work this formula out: in cell M1, I add F1+ I1+J1+K1+L1, but if the total in cell F1 an I1 is 0 then the total should be 0

  89. girish says:

    i want to user if and in single formula

  90. girish says:

    AMT Clientname client code
    42560 SAP 1234
    31760 DELL 4321
    2150 INTEL 3412

  91. RAMU says:

    is there any formula to find out the total figer of a person whose name in a sheet 3 to 4 time.

  92. Harsh Gautam says:

    I want to see automatic date in cell if I enter some dispatch quantity
    Date Dispatch Quantity
    Today Date 150 and any other number >0

  93. Cheryl says:

    Hi, I'm trying to create a formula that will provide a "True" statement if the cell is blank between 1/1/19 and 5/30/19. Then a formula to identify blank cells after 6/30/19. I'm using these formulas for conditional formatting.

  94. malhar k. vaidya says:

    if i want to input a value in cell A1, then each time the output value in cell B1 must be added to that value. in this scenario which formula i should use ?

  95. Lhizsa says:

    Hi, im looking for the right formula to identify the value statement.
    Category Description Amount BDO Eastwest
    Cash In BDO 500 (formula?)- on how to appear the amount

  96. Merthunter says:

    I have the formula which i stated below, doesn't work. Could you help me on this matter.
    The idea is: i will insert the data in C30 and if it's blank it will show "Please insert rank in cell C30" but if it's not blank it will show the value that searched through the table which is between "b33 and b41". So far it worked (without using AND formula).
    Lastly i want the insert values to be between 0 and 10. So i put the and formula but it doesnt work.
    =AND(IF(ISBLANK($C$30);"Please Insert Rank in cell C30";(INDEX($B$33:$B$41;$C$30)));(c30>0;c30<10)

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