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I am setting up a schedule for a camp, each day there can are a many activity and I am using a drop down list for the choices (chart 1). I then link them into each camp group using (=) (Chart 2).  I now need to make another schedule for each of the activity exp “Ropes, GaGa Bal, V Softball. “ My issue is with the last chart, I need to populate the name of the camp group only if that activity was selected. I tried an If statement. =IF([Andrea.xlsx]Red!$X$2:$X$29="ropes",[Andrea.xlsx]Red!$X$1,"") and as you can tell from Chart 2 “ropes” was selected but I am still getting a false.

Chart 1
START   END   2B - Yale   2B - Georgetown
9:00 AM   9:15 AM        
9:15 AM   9:30 AM        
9:30 AM   9:45 AM    Ropes          Top Chefs
9:45 AM 10:00AM    Ropes          Top Chefs
10:00 AM10:15 AM Change    Change
10:15 AM10:30 AM Swim C          Swim C
10:30 AM10:45 AM Swim C          Swim C
10:45 AM11:00 AM Change          Change
11:00 AM11:15 AM GaGa Ball   V Softball
11:15 AM11:30 AM GaGa Ball   V Softball
11:30 AM11:45 AM Lunch          Lunch
11:45 AM12:00 PM Lunch          Lunch

Chart 2
     2B - Yale   2B - Yale
9:30 AM   9:45 AM      Ropes   Rock Wall & Giant Swing
9:45 AM   10:00 AM   Ropes   Rock Wall & Giant Swing
10:00 AM10:15 AM   Change   Change
10:15 AM10:30 AM   Swim C   Swim C
10:30 AM10:45 AM   Swim C   Swim C
10:45 AM11:00 AM   Change   Change
11:00 AM11:15 AM   GaGa Ball   Volleyball/Outdoor Games
11:15 AM11:30 AM   GaGa Ball   Volleyball/Outdoor Games

(Chart 3)
9:30 AM   9:45 AM    Yale   Skidmore
9:45 AM   10:00 AM Yale         
10:00AM10:15 AM

It's difficult to follow this via the medium of allexperts, which is text only.  It sounds like it's possibly some form of array filter - if it is possible to see an example spreadsheet, this would help in providing you with an answer - both from my perspective of being able to see the problem more clearly, and from yours in being able to see it applied!  Question found in question pool, indicating the original person you had asked was unable or unwilling to answer the question- my direct email is
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Aidan Heritage


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