# Excel - IF Function Problem - Expert Solution

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I need a formula that it will look at the number in column A and see if it is larger than the number in column B, if so pull the number in column C. The caveat is that I need it so if the number in Column C is less than the number in Column B, i need it to go to the next row then the next row until it is larger than the number in Column B
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User 29/06/2018 - 02:13
Do i need to input an example?
Excelchat Expert 29/06/2018 - 02:14
User 29/06/2018 - 02:14
i need help creating a fomrula
User 29/06/2018 - 02:14
formula*
Excelchat Expert 29/06/2018 - 02:14
ok
Excelchat Expert 29/06/2018 - 02:14
could i have your file so we can check on it?
User 29/06/2018 - 02:14
i cna set the example up
User 29/06/2018 - 02:14
i dont hav ea file
User 29/06/2018 - 02:15
its just an in theory
Excelchat Expert 29/06/2018 - 02:15
ok that much better :)
User 29/06/2018 - 02:15
so in column B
User 29/06/2018 - 02:15
i need a formula
User 29/06/2018 - 02:15
that looks at the number in column A
User 29/06/2018 - 02:16
and then sees which number it matches (or is lower) in column C
User 29/06/2018 - 02:16
and pulls column D
Excelchat Expert 29/06/2018 - 02:16
you want to look up the letter corresponding on number 5 right?
User 29/06/2018 - 02:16
sorta
User 29/06/2018 - 02:16
i need it to basically look up the letter
User 29/06/2018 - 02:16
correseponding to when its lower than column C
User 29/06/2018 - 02:16
so in this Cause it will be F
User 29/06/2018 - 02:16
case*
User 29/06/2018 - 02:17
so for the 8 it will be H
Excelchat Expert 29/06/2018 - 02:17
since there is no 5 on column C?
User 29/06/2018 - 02:17
yeah there is no 5 in column C
Excelchat Expert 29/06/2018 - 02:17
ok i get it :)
Excelchat Expert 29/06/2018 - 02:17
just give me a minute to work on this :)
User 29/06/2018 - 02:18
sure
User 29/06/2018 - 02:26
its a tough one isnt it haha
Excelchat Expert 29/06/2018 - 02:27
haha, I'm just near :)
Excelchat Expert 29/06/2018 - 02:27
yes it's quite difficult :)
User 29/06/2018 - 02:27
i was thinking would htis be an array formula
Excelchat Expert 29/06/2018 - 02:27
yes
User 29/06/2018 - 02:34
yeah so in this case that would be correct for the F
User 29/06/2018 - 02:34
but i would need for the 8 to pull H
Excelchat Expert 29/06/2018 - 02:34
yes,
Excelchat Expert 29/06/2018 - 02:34
I trying to work for some formula that will work for all numbers :)
User 29/06/2018 - 02:34
kk
Excelchat Expert 29/06/2018 - 02:35
:)
User 29/06/2018 - 02:35
User 29/06/2018 - 02:35
i was stumped on this for awhil
Excelchat Expert 29/06/2018 - 02:35
thanks :)
Excelchat Expert 29/06/2018 - 02:49
could you extend again the time? :)
Excelchat Expert 29/06/2018 - 02:50
i'm almost near on the solution :)
User 29/06/2018 - 02:50
sure
Excelchat Expert 29/06/2018 - 02:53
done for the formula :)
User 29/06/2018 - 02:53
may i alter the sitaution
User 29/06/2018 - 02:53
to see if it applicable
User 29/06/2018 - 02:54
in every sitaution
Excelchat Expert 29/06/2018 - 02:54
yes
User 29/06/2018 - 02:54
but this looks really good
Excelchat Expert 29/06/2018 - 02:54
you may try it :)
User 29/06/2018 - 02:55
this is awesome
Excelchat Expert 29/06/2018 - 02:55
great :)
Excelchat Expert 29/06/2018 - 02:55
the first formula that i used was the vlookup
Excelchat Expert 29/06/2018 - 02:55
but instead of the exact match, i changed it a approximately match
Excelchat Expert 29/06/2018 - 02:56
like this one
Excelchat Expert 29/06/2018 - 02:56
VLOOKUP(A6,C:C,1)
User 29/06/2018 - 02:56
i tried attempting that too
Excelchat Expert 29/06/2018 - 02:56
if I used that, the value would be lesser value right?
Excelchat Expert 29/06/2018 - 02:57
after i get the lower value, i used the formula match so i could get the column number of that lesser value
Excelchat Expert 29/06/2018 - 02:58
then after that when i have got the row number of the lesser value, I used the formula index
Excelchat Expert 29/06/2018 - 02:58
and then the row number that i get, i simply add 1 so i can get the next row number after the lesser value
User 29/06/2018 - 02:59
ohhhh
User 29/06/2018 - 02:59
out of curiosity
User 29/06/2018 - 02:59
how greatly would this formula change
User 29/06/2018 - 02:59
if all these numbers
User 29/06/2018 - 02:59
were negative?
Excelchat Expert 29/06/2018 - 02:59
you may right it also :)
User 29/06/2018 - 03:00
haha sorry i meant to say
User 29/06/2018 - 03:01
if it was changed into a negative aspect
User 29/06/2018 - 03:01
so like for -4
User 29/06/2018 - 03:01
i need it to pull D
User 29/06/2018 - 03:01
dont worry if this will take to olong
User 29/06/2018 - 03:01
i will take it from here if its not a quick qnaswer
Excelchat Expert 29/06/2018 - 03:01
ok wait, i will check :)
Excelchat Expert 29/06/2018 - 03:03
it looks, we need to revised all the formula if all the value would be negative
User 29/06/2018 - 03:04
but in general
User 29/06/2018 - 03:04
it should be the same formula correct?
User 29/06/2018 - 03:04
but now it just needs to pul
User 29/06/2018 - 03:04
the next smallest value?
Excelchat Expert 29/06/2018 - 03:04
yes, unfortunately vlookup formula doesn't work like that if all values are negative
User 29/06/2018 - 03:05
oh really?
User 29/06/2018 - 03:05
i didnt know vlookup had such a flaw
Excelchat Expert 29/06/2018 - 03:05
yes, you may check the formula i type in E6
Excelchat Expert 29/06/2018 - 03:06
instead of -3, it shows as -200000000
User 29/06/2018 - 03:06
yeah
User 29/06/2018 - 03:06
interesting
Excelchat Expert 29/06/2018 - 03:06
so if all values would be negative, we need to create another formula again
Excelchat Expert 29/06/2018 - 03:06
that will works for negative
User 29/06/2018 - 03:07
ahh okay, its fine, i will tkae it from this
User 29/06/2018 - 03:07
this formula alone was a good start for me
Excelchat Expert 29/06/2018 - 03:07
great :)
Excelchat Expert 29/06/2018 - 03:07
i'm glad I've helped you :)
User 29/06/2018 - 03:07
thanks!
Excelchat Expert 29/06/2018 - 03:07
Apart from this, is there anything else you want to know on your problem?
User 29/06/2018 - 03:07
no
User 29/06/2018 - 03:07
that was basically it
User 29/06/2018 - 03:07
thank you!
Excelchat Expert 29/06/2018 - 03:08
good :)
Excelchat Expert 29/06/2018 - 03:08
welcome :)
Excelchat Expert 29/06/2018 - 03:08
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