Excel/if statement


Hi Tom

I want to build the following if statement in Cell X2 of my worksheet:

If the number in Cell M2 occurs anywhere in Column C, put the text "Loop - Ignore" in cell X2.

I cannot work out how to tell it to look in the whole of column C, can you help?




You can use countif to look in the whole of column C

X2:  =if(countif(C:C,M2)>0,"Loop - Ignore","")

Now countif is more a string oriented function but it will work with numbers.   If you had  say 4.000001  in column C and is was displaying as 4  and in M2 ou had the number 4, then that test would fail.  But it would work if just the number 4 appeared in column C.

Try that and see if it works for your situation.

Tom Ogilvy

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