# Excel - IF Function Problem - Expert Solution

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Hi. If i want to write a formula that reverts a scale in example column B, to the opposite in column C. Ex. all value 5 to 1, all value 4 to 2, all value 3 to 3, all value 2 to 4 and all value 1 to 5. Is it possible to use the IF function, or another function to do this?
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Excelchat Expert 21/04/2018 - 11:23
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Excelchat Expert 21/04/2018 - 11:23
Excelchat Expert 21/04/2018 - 11:23
I need some example to fully understand the problem.
Excelchat Expert 21/04/2018 - 11:24
Thanks, I see you are putting together some example in the preview sheet.
User 21/04/2018 - 11:24
The scale in the document preview, i want to make it the opposite in the C column
User 21/04/2018 - 11:24
Like, all 1's turn to 5, all 2's turn to 4
User 21/04/2018 - 11:24
I have tried the IF function, but i can only do one number at a time
Excelchat Expert 21/04/2018 - 11:25
For example, you want C2 to be 4? C3 should be 2?
User 21/04/2018 - 11:25
C2 should turn to 5
User 21/04/2018 - 11:26
The scale is from 1 to 5, and it should be the opposite value in the C column
User 21/04/2018 - 11:26
Like the example you are writing yes
Excelchat Expert 21/04/2018 - 11:26
Thanks.
Excelchat Expert 21/04/2018 - 11:26
For confirming it.
Excelchat Expert 21/04/2018 - 11:27
I need a couple of minutes.
Excelchat Expert 21/04/2018 - 11:27
User 21/04/2018 - 11:27
It's correct
User 21/04/2018 - 11:27
What formula do you use?
Excelchat Expert 21/04/2018 - 11:27
Excelchat Expert 21/04/2018 - 11:27
=VLOOKUP(B2,\$F\$2:\$G\$6,2,false)
Excelchat Expert 21/04/2018 - 11:28
this is the formula and we need assistance of the table.
Excelchat Expert 21/04/2018 - 11:28
Does it make sense?
User 21/04/2018 - 11:29
No, sorry
User 21/04/2018 - 11:29
I see the formula
Excelchat Expert 21/04/2018 - 11:29
okay, explaining it now.
User 21/04/2018 - 11:30
I've tried to copy this to my excel sheet, but it doesn't work
Excelchat Expert 21/04/2018 - 11:30
alright, you also need to copy the table and update the formula accordingly.
Excelchat Expert 21/04/2018 - 11:31
if you give a some time, I will explain how the formula works.
Excelchat Expert 21/04/2018 - 11:31
let me know when you are ready.
User 21/04/2018 - 11:31
Okay, just got what you meant by assistance
User 21/04/2018 - 11:31
I will try, but you explain
Excelchat Expert 21/04/2018 - 11:31
User 21/04/2018 - 11:32
Yes
Excelchat Expert 21/04/2018 - 11:33
in the table, I have listed the numbers and their corresponding opposite values that you need.
Excelchat Expert 21/04/2018 - 11:34
Now using =VLOOKUP(B2,\$F\$2:\$G\$6,2,false) formula we are searching value of B2 in F2:G6 range. as mentioned earlier G2:G6 range contains the number and their corresponding opposite numbers.
Excelchat Expert 21/04/2018 - 11:35
make sense?
User 21/04/2018 - 11:35
Yes
Excelchat Expert 21/04/2018 - 11:36
Now, you see a 2 in the formula? it means we want to return a result against matched values from the 2nd column of the F2:G6 range.
Excelchat Expert 21/04/2018 - 11:36
make sense?
Excelchat Expert 21/04/2018 - 11:36
I see what you are doing, that's great work man.
User 21/04/2018 - 11:36
Yes
User 21/04/2018 - 11:36
Thank you!
User 21/04/2018 - 11:37
Very much
Excelchat Expert 21/04/2018 - 11:37
There are numerous benefit of using this VLOOKUP formula over IF formula.
Excelchat Expert 21/04/2018 - 11:38
The most notable advantage is when you need to change a number and its corresponding number, you just have to change it in the table.
Excelchat Expert 21/04/2018 - 11:38
No need to change anything in the formula.
User 21/04/2018 - 11:38
I see
Excelchat Expert 21/04/2018 - 11:38
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Excelchat Expert 21/04/2018 - 11:39
You are spot on in saying that.
Excelchat Expert 21/04/2018 - 11:39
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User 21/04/2018 - 11:39
No, not this time
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User 21/04/2018 - 11:39
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Excelchat Expert 21/04/2018 - 11:40
Glad to be able to help.
User 21/04/2018 - 11:40
I will do, do i do that on the front page?
Excelchat Expert 21/04/2018 - 11:40
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User 21/04/2018 - 11:40
Okay, back to work for me then
User 21/04/2018 - 11:40
Yes there is
Excelchat Expert 21/04/2018 - 11:40
Thanks and have a great day!
User 21/04/2018 - 11:41
Again, thank you, have a great day

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