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Good Evening Bob, I am trying to create a guide for work that when a person selects option a (substrate) in a drop down box in column a, and an option from a drop down box in column b (supplier) it will return values in column c (available adhesive). The problem i am facing is all of my options are text only. I believe if it's possible i would need to use a nested "if" function but continually run into a wall because everything is text based.

Thanks in advance

something like this in C1, perhaps:
=IF(A1="CHOICE 1",IF(B1="2ND CHOICE","Answer1",IF(B1="3RD CHOICE","Answer2")),"A1 Not Choice 1")

If this doesn't help, send a sample wb to me at, use subject of "AllExpertsQ" and repeat what needs doing.
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Bob Umlas


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