# Excel/IF Formula ?

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Excel 2007. I would like this spreadsheet to run much like a check register, but I don't know how to do that. Please see the attached. I'm guessing it should be an IF formula but I cannot wrap my brain around IF formulas! Thank you & Merry Christmas!

You don't need an IF function for this at all. You're just using simple math.

H5 is going to be =(-1*E5)+(-1*F5)+G5

That's your starting balance. In fact, what I would do is insert a column between G and H which adds up each line, so now H5 would contain that, and then I5 would be just =H5.

Now, Autofill the formula for H5 down the entire column.

For your running balance in I6, you will say:

=SUM(\$I\$5:I6)

Now, when you Autofill this down the column, you'll get a proper running balance. The \$ signs make an ABSOLUTE REFERENCE which I cover in my classes.

I cover how to make RUNNING BALANCES like this in my Excel Expert Level 5 class.

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Cordially,
Richard Rost
Microsoft MVP
Computer Learning Zone

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