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I need help with IF Formulas. Example. IF A2(4) is less than B2(5), I need cell C2 to read A2's number. In the same formula I need to have the option that if B2 is less than A2, that C2 needs to read B2 number.

Solved by V. J. in 17 mins

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Excelchat Expert
01/05/2018 - 09:40

Hello!

Excelchat Expert
01/05/2018 - 09:40

how are you?

User
01/05/2018 - 09:40

I'm well how are you.

Excelchat Expert
01/05/2018 - 09:40

I'm good, thanks

Excelchat Expert
01/05/2018 - 09:40

by the way do you have a sample data we could work with?

User
01/05/2018 - 09:41

I could type some into this google sheet now

Excelchat Expert
01/05/2018 - 09:41

Thanks :)

Excelchat Expert
01/05/2018 - 09:42

I can present you with two options, use, MIN() or IF() formula

Excelchat Expert
01/05/2018 - 09:43

MIN() is the shortest one

User
01/05/2018 - 09:43

Yeah I was trying the IF formula and was totally lost.

Excelchat Expert
01/05/2018 - 09:44

Are you able to see formula in columns C and D?

User
01/05/2018 - 09:44

Yes thank you.

User
01/05/2018 - 09:44

one more question

Excelchat Expert
01/05/2018 - 09:45

MIN() basically picks up the smallest number in a defined range, IF(A<B,A,B) means that if A is less than B, then pick A, otherwise pick B

Excelchat Expert
01/05/2018 - 09:46

sure, as long as it is of the same nature with your original problem as we are limited to one scope of problem per session :)

User
01/05/2018 - 09:47

If I want the value of A22 to be used in the values of B22 through J22 by referencing B21 through J21. So if the originial number in B22 is 4, but since the number in A22 is less than B21, I'd like the number to change from 4 to 3. Does that make sense?

Excelchat Expert
01/05/2018 - 09:49

How did you get to 3 from 4?

User
01/05/2018 - 09:49

Because 7 is greater than 1, and since that happens, it needs to decrease 4 to 3.

Excelchat Expert
01/05/2018 - 09:50

so 4 minus 1?

Excelchat Expert
01/05/2018 - 09:50

same goes for column C, 5 minus 2, and so on?

User
01/05/2018 - 09:50

Yes, but only because 7 is greater than 1. Like this doesn't need to happen to cells I22 and J22.

Excelchat Expert
01/05/2018 - 09:53

Are you able to see values in row 23?

User
01/05/2018 - 09:53

Yes I'm looking now.

User
01/05/2018 - 09:53

What does the $ represent?

User
01/05/2018 - 09:53

for future reference

Excelchat Expert
01/05/2018 - 09:53

it means fixed reference to column A

Excelchat Expert
01/05/2018 - 09:54

that is useful when you want to copy and paste formula across several cells

Excelchat Expert
01/05/2018 - 09:55

$A1 means, fix to column A, A$1 means to fix in row 1, $A$1 means to fix in cell A1

User
01/05/2018 - 09:55

Oh okay that makes sense.

User
01/05/2018 - 09:56

Thank you for all your help.

Excelchat Expert
01/05/2018 - 09:56

You are most welcome!

Excelchat Expert
01/05/2018 - 09:56

do you have any more clarifications?

User
01/05/2018 - 09:56

Not at all thank you.

Excelchat Expert
01/05/2018 - 09:56

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Excelchat Expert
01/05/2018 - 09:57

Also, your kind feedback and rating will be highly appreciated! Thanks!

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