# Excel - IF Function Problem - Expert Solution

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Need an equation which can be applied to a column. Basic equation is =IF H1="yes",0,1 It only applies to one cell but I need to make it refer to the whole column. So IF H1,H2,H3 H4 etc = "yes",0,1. However I don't know how to express this mathematicallly
Solved by M. F. in 16 mins
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Excelchat Expert 10/11/2017 - 03:58
Hello :)
User 10/11/2017 - 03:58
hello
Excelchat Expert 10/11/2017 - 03:58
How many rows will this formula cover?
User 10/11/2017 - 03:59
no rows, only column
Excelchat Expert 10/11/2017 - 03:59
I see.
Excelchat Expert 10/11/2017 - 03:59
So will it be H1 = yes and H2 = yes, the toal will be .2?
User 10/11/2017 - 03:59
I guess something like (A1, A(1+n) where n is infinite numbet
Excelchat Expert 10/11/2017 - 03:59
Or is it if any of them = yes then, .1 is the result?
User 10/11/2017 - 04:00
yes=1, no=0
User 10/11/2017 - 04:00
formula need to be specific to column but not to the cell, true for any cell
Excelchat Expert 10/11/2017 - 04:00
Okay, but the result can be any number depending on how many cells in column H = Yes?
User 10/11/2017 - 04:00
gonna be 500 cells
User 10/11/2017 - 04:00
yes
Excelchat Expert 10/11/2017 - 04:01
User 10/11/2017 - 04:02
the result depends on the number of cells in colum A or b or c or d. It's the sum of the column I'm seeking, need to convert word "yes" to 1 and "no " to 0
Excelchat Expert 10/11/2017 - 04:02
=countif(H1:H,"Yes")
Excelchat Expert 10/11/2017 - 04:02
That is the formula in cell I1
User 10/11/2017 - 04:03
No this does not help
Excelchat Expert 10/11/2017 - 04:04
I'm sorry. I don't understand. Why doesn't it help. 1 Yes = 1 correct?
Excelchat Expert 10/11/2017 - 04:04
Can you maybe show me an example of what you are looking for?
User 10/11/2017 - 04:04
what's it doing in column I? I don't want it ther, want vertical total of column H, or J, or A, or F
Excelchat Expert 10/11/2017 - 04:05
In column I it is counting the number of Yes responses.
Excelchat Expert 10/11/2017 - 04:05
That is a vertical total of all the Yes cells in column H.
User 10/11/2017 - 04:05
So you have to have a separate coulum to total it?
User 10/11/2017 - 04:05
Why not total it at the bottom of H? can't do?
Excelchat Expert 10/11/2017 - 04:05
doesn't have to be a separate column, but it has to be in a separate cell.
Excelchat Expert 10/11/2017 - 04:06
That can be done as well.
Excelchat Expert 10/11/2017 - 04:06
The formula can go in any cell and get the same answer.
User 10/11/2017 - 04:06
Hoq do you tell it which cell to use
Excelchat Expert 10/11/2017 - 04:06
I was just putting it beside so that you could see the result and how the result was calculated easier.
User 10/11/2017 - 04:06
I see
Excelchat Expert 10/11/2017 - 04:06
As long as you copy that formula, you can use it anywhere.
User 10/11/2017 - 04:06
How can I tell the program which cell to use?
Excelchat Expert 10/11/2017 - 04:07
You paste the formula in the cell you want it to use.
Excelchat Expert 10/11/2017 - 04:07
For example, I'll paste the formula in H1.
User 10/11/2017 - 04:07
Not in the H column
Excelchat Expert 10/11/2017 - 04:07
What column do you want the answer to be in?
User 10/11/2017 - 04:07
at the bottom of H
Excelchat Expert 10/11/2017 - 04:08
User 10/11/2017 - 04:08
so just put the formula in the last cell?
Excelchat Expert 10/11/2017 - 04:08
Yes, but you will have to adjust the formula in order to do this.
User 10/11/2017 - 04:08
THat's so cool
Excelchat Expert 10/11/2017 - 04:09
the last H in the formula will need to be changed to H500 or if the formula is in cell H501
Excelchat Expert 10/11/2017 - 04:09
or in this case, It is in H22, so the last H is converted to H21.
User 10/11/2017 - 04:10
Can you write the formula for me so it will automaticall go to the cell beyond cell with word in it?
Excelchat Expert 10/11/2017 - 04:11
=countif(H2:H500,"Yes")
Excelchat Expert 10/11/2017 - 04:11
That is the formula you use and you paste that in H501.
User 10/11/2017 - 04:12
thank you, this will solve my problem. Excellent.
Excelchat Expert 10/11/2017 - 04:12
Perfect! it was my pleasure :)
Excelchat Expert 10/11/2017 - 04:13

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