We can use the IF function to do something specific **if cell equals** to a certain value. If the result of the IF function is TRUE, we can do something, and if FALSE, we can choose to do something else. This post provides a clear guide on how to use the IF function if cell equals a given value.

* Figure 1: If cell equals, flag “NO”*

**Syntax of the formula**

**=IF(check_string, true_result, false_result)**

Where;

**Check_string-** is the logical part of the formula

**True_result-** what will be displayed if the IF function returns a **TRUE value**

**False_result-** will be displayed if the IF function returns a **FALSE value**.

**Explanation of the formula**

In our example above, we have used the formula below in cell C2;

**=IF(A2="Jim& co","NO","")**

In this formula, we shall get “NO” if the results of the IF function is TRUE. The cells where the result is not TRUE shall remain blank.

In this case, the check string shall be A2, and if it contains Jim& co, then we need “NO” as the TRUE result. If it does not contain Jim& com, then we get blank cells, as shown by the empty string “”. Note that in our example, the **logical test is**; **A2=”Jim& co”**

The empty string at the end of the formula is important, as it helps leave the cells whose results are not TRUE empty. Without the empty string, (“”), we shall have FALSE in each cell whose result is not TRUE.

*Figure 2: If cell equals, flag “x”*

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