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if i enter this formula in cell k2 i get error!
= if( h2< 15/11/2015, e2*0.175,0)
column h contains dates in format dd mm yyyy and column e contains numbers. if i enter 15/11/2015 in cell p2 and use this formula i get it right.
=if( h2< p2,e2*0.175,0). WHY the error.

pat, from India

Hi Patrick,
Date formats are just for display in excel, in the background, excel treats even dates as numbers.
When you enter the formula as =if(h2<15/11/2015,e2*.175,0), excel is taking the "15/11/2015" part and calculating as 15 / 11 / 2015 = 0.000677. In your example, if you enter any value in column H which is less than 0.000677, then you'll see that excel calculates the result.

If you want to use a check on date, you have two options:
1. Use the approach you mentioned in the question, ie, store the date in P2 and link the formula to P2.
2. Use the numerical equivalent of 15/11/2015 which is 42323. In that case, your formula will be =if(h2<42323,e2*.175,0)

Hope this helps.

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