# Excel - IF Function Problem - Expert Solution

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I need help with a nested if statement returning text
Solved by X. B. in 13 mins
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Excelchat Expert 27/09/2018 - 05:34
Hello, I understand that you need help with a nested if statement.
Excelchat Expert 27/09/2018 - 05:34
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User 27/09/2018 - 05:34
I do indeed. Sounds good
Excelchat Expert 27/09/2018 - 05:35
I can see you typing a sample data in the sheet to the right. Please go ahead. I'll also be asking you a few questions once you are done.
Excelchat Expert 27/09/2018 - 05:38
May I have the details of what you need help with? I can see that you are trying to write an IF formula in column C, I may be able to help but I'll need the details of your requirement.
User 27/09/2018 - 05:38
Ok, so basically I need this if statement to return "1" if the CAPTION contains Birthday in it, a "2" if the caption is "Blank", a "3" if the caption is "Sympathy", and then a 0 if the caption contains none of these.
Excelchat Expert 27/09/2018 - 05:39
Okay, that makes sense. I'll be working on this using the sheet to the right. Please give me 3-5 minutes.
User 27/09/2018 - 05:39
As you can see the one I've come up with returns Birthday captions with a 1 but all of the others fail.
Excelchat Expert 27/09/2018 - 05:39
By the way, when you say "Blank" you mean the actual word BLANK, right?
User 27/09/2018 - 05:39
Yes
Excelchat Expert 27/09/2018 - 05:43
Please see the formula in column D. It can be moved to column C if you want.
User 27/09/2018 - 05:44
Looks like it works well
Excelchat Expert 27/09/2018 - 05:44
So basically, I took your formula but instead of going the nested IF route, I used the IFERROR function instead.
Excelchat Expert 27/09/2018 - 05:45
The reason for this is because if the first IF(SEARCH()) function is not found, it will result to an error which will stop the entire formula from working.
Excelchat Expert 27/09/2018 - 05:45
So we have to find a way in order to force the formula to evaluate even if the first and second returns an error.
User 27/09/2018 - 05:45
Makes sense!
Excelchat Expert 27/09/2018 - 05:46
User 27/09/2018 - 05:46
Excelchat Expert 27/09/2018 - 05:46
Would there be anything else that I can help you with regards to the original question?
User 27/09/2018 - 05:46
I think that is all
Excelchat Expert 27/09/2018 - 05:46
Alright, if you have no other questions regarding the original concern, I'd appreciate a 5-star rating and your feedback if you think I deserve it.
Excelchat Expert 27/09/2018 - 05:46
I'll be giving you high ratings as well so the other experts will know that you are a good client and should be taken care of.
Excelchat Expert 27/09/2018 - 05:46
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Excelchat Expert 27/09/2018 - 05:47
Here's your file, by the way.
User 27/09/2018 - 05:47
Definitely 5 star quality. have a good day
Excelchat Expert 27/09/2018 - 05:47
Thank you I'd appreciate that. It would help me a lot. Please do not forget to click the End Session button so you can rate me.

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