# Excel - COLUMN Function Problem - Expert Solution

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Hi, I need help with a formula, below is example of what I am looking for - with formula to be entered into C3, the letters entered in column 2 will be associated with values (e.g. FCA = 11, FOB = 15, DAP = 21) to add to the date in column 1: 1 2 3 A 01/01/2000 FCA ? B 01/01/2000 FOB ? C 01/01/2000 DAP ? Please help?
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Excelchat Expert 31/05/2018 - 04:04
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User 31/05/2018 - 04:06
Hi, this for personal use
Excelchat Expert 31/05/2018 - 04:06
Good to know.
Excelchat Expert 31/05/2018 - 04:07
Do you have a working excel file? If so, I would like to see it to understand the problem clearly.
User 31/05/2018 - 04:08
not as of yet - what part of my explanation isn't clear, can I help that way?
Excelchat Expert 31/05/2018 - 04:08
Please show me the data in the preview window.
Excelchat Expert 31/05/2018 - 04:09
Actually what you wrote in the description is kind of got jumbled at the end and it is hard to understand.
User 31/05/2018 - 04:09
Ok, the main issue I have is I don't want to make a separate table, I wish to insert the required values to add to the date in the formula - as there will only be 3 different text values in the other column
User 31/05/2018 - 04:10
let me try to explain on preview window
Excelchat Expert 31/05/2018 - 04:10
Thank you.
User 31/05/2018 - 04:12
I will show in the C column what the answer should be but I need a formula to populate this automatically depending on what is entered into column B
Excelchat Expert 31/05/2018 - 04:12
I'm listening..
User 31/05/2018 - 04:13
Does that kind of make sense?
Excelchat Expert 31/05/2018 - 04:14
Yeah, totally, thanks for making it clear.
Excelchat Expert 31/05/2018 - 04:14
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Excelchat Expert 31/05/2018 - 04:15
Just so you know, when you input dates in excel cell, excel automatically reads the dates as Months/Days/Year format.
User 31/05/2018 - 04:16
Yeah sorry, to be fair in my sheet I will show it as this...
Excelchat Expert 31/05/2018 - 04:16
So, when you wrote 01/01/2000, excel reads it as 1 January 2000
User 31/05/2018 - 04:17
yes sorry, blame the English in me haha
Excelchat Expert 31/05/2018 - 04:18
=IF(B2="FCA",A2+11,IF(B2="FOB",A2+15,A2+21))
Excelchat Expert 31/05/2018 - 04:18
Here is the formula you need.
Excelchat Expert 31/05/2018 - 04:19
Please let me know if you have question.
User 31/05/2018 - 04:20
Do you not have to put 'DAP' in the formula anywhere for if I put DAP into a cell? or does it automatically put 21 in for anything that is not 'FCA' or 'FOB'?
Excelchat Expert 31/05/2018 - 04:20
Yeah, you are correct, if automatically put 21 that is not FCA or FOB
User 31/05/2018 - 04:21
Ok great stuff, thank you for your help, I will definitely be back to this site! Great help!
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