# Excel - IF Function Problem - Expert Solution

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Numbers will not sort numerically in formatted cells with if formula
Solved by S. H. in 59 mins
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Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 12:08
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Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 12:10
You need help with a sorting problem in excel, right?
User 05/09/2018 - 12:10
Hello. I have a column of cells that have a complicated/ length if formula that are also conditionally formatted to change the cells to a colour dependent on their value. However when I try to sort them numerically they don't sort correctly.
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 12:10
May I see the file please?
User 05/09/2018 - 12:11
sorry it contains confidential info I can copy the formula
User 05/09/2018 - 12:11
=IF(AND(Register!\$O60=1,Register!\$P60=1),1,IF(AND(Register!\$O60=2,Register!\$P60=1),2,IF(AND(Register!\$O60=3,Register!\$P60=1),4,IF(AND(Register!\$O60=4,Register!\$P60=1),7,IF(AND(Register!\$O60=1,Register!\$P60=2),3,IF(AND(Register!\$O60=2,Register!\$P60=2),5,IF(AND(Register!\$O60=3,Register!\$P60=2),8,IF(AND(Register!\$O60=4,Register!\$P60=2),11,IF(AND(Register!\$O60=1,Register!\$P60=3),6,IF(AND(Register!\$O60=2,Register!\$P60=3),9,IF(AND(Register!\$O60=3,Register!\$P60=3),12,IF(AND(Register!\$O60=4,Register!\$P60=3),14,IF(AND(Register!\$O60=1,Register!\$P60=4),10,IF(AND(Register!\$O60=2,Register!\$P60=4),13,IF(AND(Register!\$O60=3,Register!\$P60=4),15,IF(AND(Register!\$O60=4,Register!\$P60=4),16,"Not Scored"))))))))))))))))
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 12:11
The formula is correct, right?
User 05/09/2018 - 12:12
the first and second columns has values 1 - 4 then then this gives numbers 1 - 16 yes the formula works and the conditional formatting woks correctly it does this dependent on value into 4 colours
User 05/09/2018 - 12:13
it is purely when I have tried to sort the data it will not sort correctly 1 - 16
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 12:13
Usually it is hard to solve any sorting related problem without looking at the file.
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 12:14
However I will give it a try. Please use this formula =VALUE(IF(AND(Register!\$O60=1,Register!\$P60=1),1,IF(AND(Register!\$O60=2,Register!\$P60=1),2,IF(AND(Register!\$O60=3,Register!\$P60=1),4,IF(AND(Register!\$O60=4,Register!\$P60=1),7,IF(AND(Register!\$O60=1,Register!\$P60=2),3,IF(AND(Register!\$O60=2,Register!\$P60=2),5,IF(AND(Register!\$O60=3,Register!\$P60=2),8,IF(AND(Register!\$O60=4,Register!\$P60=2),11,IF(AND(Register!\$O60=1,Register!\$P60=3),6,IF(AND(Register!\$O60=2,Register!\$P60=3),9,IF(AND(Register!\$O60=3,Register!\$P60=3),12,IF(AND(Register!\$O60=4,Register!\$P60=3),14,IF(AND(Register!\$O60=1,Register!\$P60=4),10,IF(AND(Register!\$O60=2,Register!\$P60=4),13,IF(AND(Register!\$O60=3,Register!\$P60=4),15,IF(AND(Register!\$O60=4,Register!\$P60=4),16,"Not Scored")))))))))))))))))
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 12:14
And then try sorting the file again.
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 12:16
Let me know if that doesn't work. We will try other solutions in that case.
User 05/09/2018 - 12:16
I have just tried this and it hasn't worked
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 12:18
Here is what we can do. You can strip all columns Excepts column O and column P and the result column AND send me the file. That way your sensitive data will be protected but at the same time I would be able to look at the file.
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 12:18
How does that sound?
User 05/09/2018 - 12:18
Im an just trying to do this
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 12:20
Hmm, what is that you are trying to say again?
User 05/09/2018 - 12:21
I am just trying to copy the columns across to other spreadsheet however the original is a large document so it is slow
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 12:22
I see. However copying might not reveal the problem since google sheet often doesn't inherit all formatting from excel file.
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 12:25
Please look at column H and I in preview window.
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 12:26
I'm trying to replicate the formula in a table.
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 12:26
Did I get it correctly?
User 05/09/2018 - 12:27
Yes that looks correct sorry I have copied the datainto another spreadsheet but as just altering the formula as it ref another workseheet
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 12:29
We can wait for the sheet or I have wrote another formula that we can try using in your file.
User 05/09/2018 - 12:32
I can try the formula in the meantime
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 12:32
User 05/09/2018 - 12:34
which formula am I trying
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 12:35
We need to create the table in column H:J. Then use the formula =INDEX(\$J\$2:\$J\$17,MATCH(1,INDEX((\$H\$2:\$H\$17=E3)*(\$I\$2:\$I\$17=F3),0,1),0)) assuming inputs are in E3 and F3.
User 05/09/2018 - 12:37
I have just tried sorting the data in the new spreadsheet and it works correctly
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 12:38
Great. Wow, that is fantastic.
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 12:39
Then it seems there was problem with formatting of the column in original file.
User 05/09/2018 - 12:39
sorry I meant the data I copied across with the original formula and formatting sorting the data correctly so does that mean their is a problem wiothin the original spreadsheet
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 12:40
Yeah, this confirms there was problem with formatting of original sheet. That was the reason I was asking for the file.
User 05/09/2018 - 12:40
The only difference between the original formula and the new formula is the "Register!" part could that cause the problem
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 12:41
Nah, register is the sheet name.
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 12:41
It doesn't make any difference.
User 05/09/2018 - 12:43
sorry just cleared data to try and upload but is saying file is to large just going to delete some lines to see if it helps
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 12:43
Okay.
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 12:43
Please remember that we are in the last 24 minutes of the chat.
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 12:46
Just want to make sure, while trying to sort, you did select all your data, not only the column which contains formula, right?
User 05/09/2018 - 12:48
User 05/09/2018 - 12:48
Finally cleared the extra stuff to make it small enough
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 12:48
Thank you.
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 12:48
Let me take a look at it.
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 12:50
Ah, I don't see any problem. It is sorting perfectly.
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 12:50
Oh wait. I see those now.
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 12:50
At the end of the file.
User 05/09/2018 - 12:50
yeah it starts from 1 again part way through
User 05/09/2018 - 12:56
I have noticed on mine that the numbers in O and P change to 1 aswell when the data sorts
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 12:57
Changing the IF formula worked.
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 12:58
I'm sharing the file in a couple of minutes.
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 01:00
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 01:00
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 01:00
I have used the formula =INDEX(\$Q\$2:\$Q\$17,MATCH(1,INDEX((\$O\$2:\$O\$17=F2)*(\$P\$2:\$P\$17=G2),0,1),0))
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 01:01
For this formula to work, I had to create the Likelihood/Impact table in column O:Q
User 05/09/2018 - 01:01
can I have that table on another worksheet or will it have to be on the same one
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 01:01
This is a dynamic formula, so for example if you decide to change the outcome of a likelihood/impact result, you just have to edit the table.
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 01:01
You have place the table anywhere you want.
User 05/09/2018 - 01:02
would I just need to link the worksheet before each cell references
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 01:03
Yeah. I'm sending a file for that too.
User 05/09/2018 - 01:05
I presume the conditional formatting will still work with the index formula
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 01:06
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 01:06
Yeah, absolutely. The conditional formatting would work just fine.
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 01:07
Now I have created the same table in sheet1, so the formula is =INDEX(Sheet1!\$C\$2:\$C\$17,MATCH(1,INDEX((Sheet1!\$A\$2:\$A\$17=F2)*(Sheet1!\$B\$2:\$B\$17=G2),0,1),0))
User 05/09/2018 - 01:07
That's great thank you I will try it on the original spreadsheet. Thank you again
Excelchat Expert 05/09/2018 - 01:07

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