**Question description:**

*This user has given permission to use the problem statement for this
blog.*

Need If formula to fill cells if another cell is Y or N
=IF(G4="N","N/A")
If condition is not met, want to leave existing data already in cell or manually enter data

Solved by E. C. in 60 mins

This is the chat thread from the real Excelchat help session. It contains no private user
information.

Excelchat Expert
06/09/2018 - 09:10

Welcome, Thanks for choosing Got It Pro-Excel.

User
06/09/2018 - 09:12

Is anyone there?

Excelchat Expert
06/09/2018 - 09:13

Yeah

Excelchat Expert
06/09/2018 - 09:13

Do you have sample data that we can use?

User
06/09/2018 - 09:13

can I copy and paste?

Excelchat Expert
06/09/2018 - 09:14

Yeah

Excelchat Expert
06/09/2018 - 09:16

Are you done?

Excelchat Expert
06/09/2018 - 09:17

If the condition is met, which value will you wish to return?

Excelchat Expert
06/09/2018 - 09:17

And

User
06/09/2018 - 09:18

N/A

Excelchat Expert
06/09/2018 - 09:18

If the NOT condition is met, what value will you wish to return?

User
06/09/2018 - 09:18

If the condition is not met, I want to leave the data that is already existing

Excelchat Expert
06/09/2018 - 09:19

Okay.

User
06/09/2018 - 09:19

Whatever value is already there

Excelchat Expert
06/09/2018 - 09:19

Let us use an example of the value in cell A1 to your right.

User
06/09/2018 - 09:19

Online it said I have to do a macro or via code

Excelchat Expert
06/09/2018 - 09:21

Kindly allow me illustrate it online.

Excelchat Expert
06/09/2018 - 09:22

Let us use an example of the data which you have input.

Excelchat Expert
06/09/2018 - 09:22

Is it okay?

Excelchat Expert
06/09/2018 - 09:24

Kindly respond to me.

User
06/09/2018 - 09:24

Hi, I typed and example. Can you see?

Excelchat Expert
06/09/2018 - 09:25

Yeaa

Excelchat Expert
06/09/2018 - 09:25

*Yeah

User
06/09/2018 - 09:26

I would like to apply the formula in D3 to all rows; however, I want to leave any existing data

User
06/09/2018 - 09:26

if the condition is not met

Excelchat Expert
06/09/2018 - 09:26

Okay.

Excelchat Expert
06/09/2018 - 09:26

Just a moment please...

User
06/09/2018 - 09:29

I meant I would like to apply the formula in D2 to all subsequent cells (underneath) but if the condition is not met, I would like to leave existing data or type in data manually. Online they said I need a macro or vba

Excelchat Expert
06/09/2018 - 09:30

Okay.

Excelchat Expert
06/09/2018 - 09:30

Figuring this out....

Excelchat Expert
06/09/2018 - 09:34

Thank you for your patience.

Excelchat Expert
06/09/2018 - 09:35

It is true if you wish to override the data already in the cells, you will need a macro or vba.

Excelchat Expert
06/09/2018 - 09:36

Have you considered creating another column?

User
06/09/2018 - 09:37

Will be counterproductive on our end. What about creating a circular formula where id the condition is not met it will just equal the cell contents?

User
06/09/2018 - 09:37

=IF(B2="N","N/A",D2)

User
06/09/2018 - 09:38

I get an error message though

Excelchat Expert
06/09/2018 - 09:38

You get an error message with this:

Excelchat Expert
06/09/2018 - 09:38

=IF(B2="N","N/A",D2)

Excelchat Expert
06/09/2018 - 09:38

?

User
06/09/2018 - 09:40

it says its a circular formula

Excelchat Expert
06/09/2018 - 09:40

It is true it will have circular reference since it is referring to the same cell.

User
06/09/2018 - 09:40

can you override it?

User
06/09/2018 - 09:41

or will it potentially create errors?

Excelchat Expert
06/09/2018 - 09:41

It may not return correct results.

Excelchat Expert
06/09/2018 - 09:42

Will you mind, if you explain a little bit on what you actually wish to accomplish with the formula.

Excelchat Expert
06/09/2018 - 09:42

I may have a better redirection.

Excelchat Expert
06/09/2018 - 09:42

Or approach

User
06/09/2018 - 09:44

I just want it to automatically fill in N/A into cells D, E, etc. if the answer to Column B is N

User
06/09/2018 - 09:45

But, if the answer is yes, there is already data there that I don't want to disappear

User
06/09/2018 - 09:45

or I want to enter data in manually

Excelchat Expert
06/09/2018 - 09:47

What if we highlight the data which meets the criteria, and then you will enter it manually?

Excelchat Expert
06/09/2018 - 09:47

Will that help?

User
06/09/2018 - 09:48

We already have hundreds of rows of data. That will not help

User
06/09/2018 - 09:49

what about a filter?

User
06/09/2018 - 09:49

I read something about that online but not sure if it would work

Excelchat Expert
06/09/2018 - 09:49

Will you mind if you send the actual file, so that I see how it is structured?

Excelchat Expert
06/09/2018 - 09:51

Halo, are you there?

User
06/09/2018 - 09:53

[Uploaded an Excel file]

Excelchat Expert
06/09/2018 - 09:54

I have it.

User
06/09/2018 - 09:55

Columns E and F need to determine self-populating cells for S through AA

Excelchat Expert
06/09/2018 - 09:56

Okay.

User
06/09/2018 - 09:57

Column E for J to Q and F for S through AA

Excelchat Expert
06/09/2018 - 09:57

Okay.

User
06/09/2018 - 10:01

the data will be kept confidential right?

Excelchat Expert
06/09/2018 - 10:01

Yeah

Excelchat Expert
06/09/2018 - 10:02

Overriding data in a cell can't be accomplished by functions.

Excelchat Expert
06/09/2018 - 10:02

It is TRUE you will need VBA

User
06/09/2018 - 10:02

do you do VBA code?

Excelchat Expert
06/09/2018 - 10:03

Our system does not currently support VBA.

Excelchat Expert
06/09/2018 - 10:03

I see the number of columns are not many.

Excelchat Expert
06/09/2018 - 10:03

You can equally add hidden columns and it will be fine.

Excelchat Expert
06/09/2018 - 10:04

That will be another workaround.

User
06/09/2018 - 10:05

can you add the columns you are referring to and then send back to me so I can see?

Excelchat Expert
06/09/2018 - 10:05

Let me try to add one.

Excelchat Expert
06/09/2018 - 10:05

Since we have less than 4 minutes.

Excelchat Expert
06/09/2018 - 10:09

Added column

[Uploaded an Excel file]

Excelchat Expert
06/09/2018 - 10:09

Column T is added.

Excelchat Expert
06/09/2018 - 10:09

I hid column S

Excelchat Expert
06/09/2018 - 10:09

We have less than 30 seconds.

Excelchat Expert
06/09/2018 - 10:10

If you consider that option, you can send the question again

Excelchat Expert
06/09/2018 - 10:10

And I will help you solve it.

Excelchat Expert
06/09/2018 - 10:10

Thank you.

**This is the output file from the real Excelchat help session:**

*This is an example of the expert help you can get. It contains no private user
information.*