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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

What about a condition?

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

Okay, your solution is ready at column D

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

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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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