# Excel - IF Function Problem - Expert Solution

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Hi, For a budget calculation I want to create a condition. If A2 doesn't equal the word "income", C2 should be turned into a negative number (multiplied by (-1) I can't figure out the right formula
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Excelchat Expert 15/09/2018 - 02:39
Welcome to ExcelChat!
User 15/09/2018 - 02:39
hi
Excelchat Expert 15/09/2018 - 02:40
I see that your problem is about changing the cell value based on another cell
Excelchat Expert 15/09/2018 - 02:40
I will help you with the problem and explain the solution afterwards.
User 15/09/2018 - 02:40
great, thank you
Excelchat Expert 15/09/2018 - 02:40
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Excelchat Expert 15/09/2018 - 02:40
Let me ask you a couple of quick questions to make sure I fully understand your problem.
User 15/09/2018 - 02:40
alright
Excelchat Expert 15/09/2018 - 02:41
You mentioned that if A2 doesn't have the word income, C2 value should become negative
User 15/09/2018 - 02:41
right
Excelchat Expert 15/09/2018 - 02:41
The values in column C are typed in as values, or do they have formulas which make the result?
User 15/09/2018 - 02:42
they're typed in as values
Excelchat Expert 15/09/2018 - 02:43
The problem is that we won't be able to have the values in the cell and the formula which will turn them negative
Excelchat Expert 15/09/2018 - 02:43
But we can make another column, which will get the value from column C and make it negative
Excelchat Expert 15/09/2018 - 02:43
If condition in column A is followed
Excelchat Expert 15/09/2018 - 02:44
So we can have column D, which will equal to column C. If column A doesn't have the word income, the column D will equal the value of column C but with negative value
User 15/09/2018 - 02:44
okay
User 15/09/2018 - 02:44
Excelchat Expert 15/09/2018 - 02:44
Okay, I will make the solution for you in column D
Excelchat Expert 15/09/2018 - 02:45
If column A has income, then column D values equal to column C. If column A doesn't have it, then it will be negative value of column C
User 15/09/2018 - 02:45
I can use conditional formatting to turn C2 red if A2 doesn't have the the word income
Excelchat Expert 15/09/2018 - 02:45
Yes, we can do it
User 15/09/2018 - 02:45
is it not possible to use the same conditional formatting to turn the number into a negative number?
Excelchat Expert 15/09/2018 - 02:45
Will it be a better solution for you?
Excelchat Expert 15/09/2018 - 02:46
No, sorry, not possible
User 15/09/2018 - 02:46
I see
Excelchat Expert 15/09/2018 - 02:46
So we will make a solution in column D, right?
User 15/09/2018 - 02:46
right
Excelchat Expert 15/09/2018 - 02:47
Excelchat Expert 15/09/2018 - 02:47
The formula which we used is the following:
Excelchat Expert 15/09/2018 - 02:47
=if(A1="income",C1,-C1)
Excelchat Expert 15/09/2018 - 02:47
So if column A has word income, we get the value of column C, otherwise we get the negative value of column C
User 15/09/2018 - 02:48
Alright, thanks for that
Excelchat Expert 15/09/2018 - 02:48
You are welcome!
Excelchat Expert 15/09/2018 - 02:48
Excelchat Expert 15/09/2018 - 02:49
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User 15/09/2018 - 02:58
Sorry, I got diconnected
User 15/09/2018 - 02:58
I actually found another solution, maybe you can use it in future sessions
Excelchat Expert 15/09/2018 - 02:59
Yes, what is it?

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