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wondering if there is a formula that when the name in one cell changes, the formula in the other cell changes?
for example: working on a calculating cost for harvesting grain crops based on acres, bushels harvested, and bushels harvested over x/bushels per acre.
in cell B3 i want when cell A1 says "wheat harvest" it will subtract 20 from cell B2, but when cell A1 says "corn harvest" i want to subtract 40 from cell B2
is this possible?
thanks

Solved by T. D. in 20 mins

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Excelchat Expert
07/02/2018 - 05:19

Welcome to excel got it pro.

Excelchat Expert
07/02/2018 - 05:19

Yes, it is possible to perform different calculations based on text on a cell.

Excelchat Expert
07/02/2018 - 05:20

It can be done using an if formula. Please tell me details and I would write one for you.

Excelchat Expert
07/02/2018 - 05:22

Is that all?

User
07/02/2018 - 05:22

does that make sense? whatever is in a1 i want b3 to either subtract 20 or 40 from b2

Excelchat Expert
07/02/2018 - 05:23

Hmm, perfectly.

User
07/02/2018 - 05:23

so if it says wheat harvest i want 20 subtracted from b2

User
07/02/2018 - 05:23

and if it is corn harvest subtract 40

Excelchat Expert
07/02/2018 - 05:23

=IF(A1="wheat harvest",B2-20,B2-40) this formula will do the job.

Excelchat Expert
07/02/2018 - 05:24

If formula works like this. Check a logic, if true do this, if false do that.

Excelchat Expert
07/02/2018 - 05:24

Here we are checking A1="wheat harvest".

User
07/02/2018 - 05:25

so what if in a1 gets changed to corn harvest? i need to change to -40

Excelchat Expert
07/02/2018 - 05:25

It will then automatically subtract 40.

Excelchat Expert
07/02/2018 - 05:25

If its corn harvest then the logic is false.

Excelchat Expert
07/02/2018 - 05:26

And if false we have told the formula to perform B2-40.

Excelchat Expert
07/02/2018 - 05:26

The formula is in C5.

Excelchat Expert
07/02/2018 - 05:26

Please change A1 to corn harvest and see the result.

User
07/02/2018 - 05:27

ok what about this... if it is wheat harvest or pea harvest i want it to -20 but if it says corn harvest or milo harvest it -40

Excelchat Expert
07/02/2018 - 05:27

Do you understand or having problem? If so please let me know and I will try another approach of explaining.

User
07/02/2018 - 05:27

i understand but i shoulda asked in more detail

Excelchat Expert
07/02/2018 - 05:28

Okay, then we use another function called AND. I will change the existing formula.

Excelchat Expert
07/02/2018 - 05:29

Since it is only B2-20 or B2-40 we can write the formula as follows.

User
07/02/2018 - 05:31

and then also if b2 if under the 20 or 40 i want the cell to be 0 and not a negative number

Excelchat Expert
07/02/2018 - 05:31

The logic is pea or wheat. the formula is =IF(OR(A1="wheat harvest",A1="pea harvest"),B2-20,B2-40) . And since corn or milo is B2-40, we don't need to check this.

Excelchat Expert
07/02/2018 - 05:32

Would you please share the complete details?

Excelchat Expert
07/02/2018 - 05:32

I mean if there's other conditions then also share those please.

User
07/02/2018 - 05:33

just dont want to be a negative number

Excelchat Expert
07/02/2018 - 05:33

Okay thanks.

Excelchat Expert
07/02/2018 - 05:36

Here you go. now you also won't get negative numbers.

Excelchat Expert
07/02/2018 - 05:36

=IF(AND(B2>20,OR(A1="wheat harvest",A1="pea harvest")),B2-20,IF(B2>40,B2-40,0))

Excelchat Expert
07/02/2018 - 05:36

So this will be the final formula.

Excelchat Expert
07/02/2018 - 05:37

Does it makes sense?

Excelchat Expert
07/02/2018 - 05:37

If not please ask me questions.

User
07/02/2018 - 05:37

thanks that will help alot. yes it is very simple. and makes perfext sense.

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07/02/2018 - 05:38

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07/02/2018 - 05:38

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Excelchat Expert
07/02/2018 - 05:38

Thanks and have a great day!

User
07/02/2018 - 05:39

dito

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07/02/2018 - 05:39

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