How do you return a value in a cell based on another cell?

Answered by Douglas Hiatt

To return a value in a cell based on another cell in Excel, you can use the IF function. The IF function allows you to check a condition and return different values based on the result of that condition.

Here is the formula structure for using the IF function:

=IF(condition, value_if_true, value_if_false)

In this case, the condition will be checking if a specific cell contains certain text, and if it does, the formula will return a specified value. Here’s how you can do it step by step:

1. Select the cell where you want the result to be displayed.

2. Type the following formula:

=IF(A1=”My Text To Check”, “My Text To Return”, “”)

In this formula, A1 is the cell you want to check for the specific text “My Text To Check”. If it matches, the formula will return the value “My Text To Return”. If it doesn’t match, the formula will return an empty string (“”).

3. Press Enter to get the result.

If the value in cell A1 is “My Text To Check”, the result in the cell with the formula will be “My Text To Return”. If it’s not “My Text To Check”, the result will be an empty string.

You can adjust the formula to fit your specific needs. For example, you can change the cell reference (A1) to check a different cell, and you can modify the text to check and the value to return accordingly.

Here’s an example with a different text to check and value to return:

=IF(A1=”Apple”, “Fruit”, “”)

In this case, if the value in cell A1 is “Apple”, the formula will return “Fruit”. Otherwise, it will return an empty string.

Remember to adjust the formula based on your specific requirements and the cell references you are using.

I hope this explanation helps! If you have any further questions, feel free to ask.