# Excel - IF Function Problem - Expert Solution

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I need a formula using if formula. In one cell it is, 68 - 79 (L) and in the next cell I need a formula to show a "-1" if there is an (L)
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Excelchat Expert 09/08/2018 - 04:28
hey there, welcome to gotit expert!!
Excelchat Expert 09/08/2018 - 04:29
what is your problem again?
User 09/08/2018 - 04:29
Can you see the spreadsheet and what I just typed?
Excelchat Expert 09/08/2018 - 04:29
yes sir, I can.
User 09/08/2018 - 04:30
I have a column of scores formatted like this. I need row "B" to show either a "1" for row "!" containing a w or a -! for row 1 containg a L
User 09/08/2018 - 04:30
I can't figure out the formula
User 09/08/2018 - 04:32
The formula I have in there just always comes back as "-1"
Excelchat Expert 09/08/2018 - 04:32
What exactly your aim is?
User 09/08/2018 - 04:33
Just to show a "1" if the first row contains a "W" or a "-1" if it contains an "L"
User 09/08/2018 - 04:35
So the second one down should show a "1" instead of a "-1" if the formula works
Excelchat Expert 09/08/2018 - 04:36
the formula you wrote there, is not searching for a "w" in the cell.
User 09/08/2018 - 04:37
How would you write it to search for the "W" in the cell?
Excelchat Expert 09/08/2018 - 04:37
instead it is just comparing the cell value to the "W"
Excelchat Expert 09/08/2018 - 04:43
can you see the addition I have made in the sheet
User 09/08/2018 - 04:43
Ok. Understand search function. But how would you write it as a formula to get desired result?
Excelchat Expert 09/08/2018 - 04:46
the answer I gave has a "1" in it, please hold on while I am trying to figure out about the -1..
User 09/08/2018 - 04:46
Thank you
Excelchat Expert 09/08/2018 - 04:53
see I got the answer in the form of true or false.
Excelchat Expert 09/08/2018 - 04:53
for converting it to 1 and -1, you can still use if.
Excelchat Expert 09/08/2018 - 04:54
Is that sufficient?
User 09/08/2018 - 04:55
Thank you I will work on it from here I guess.
Excelchat Expert 09/08/2018 - 04:56
thank you for consulting us, you are always welcome to come here again!

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