# How to use an IF function in excel.

0 Reputation points
2023-02-24T15:47:02.5666667+00:00

I need to come up with a formula to make Excel do something for me in a spreadsheet.

I have three columns with a value in the first.

I then need to put a yes or no in the second column.

If the answer is 'yes' I need the third cell in the third column to be the same as the first.

Hope that makes sense and that someone can help me to come up with the correct formula.

Thanks.

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## 2 answers

1. 116.6K Reputation points
2023-02-24T17:58:21.2033333+00:00

For example, A1 contains a number and you want to write "yes" to B1 if the number is negative. Then put this formula to B1: `=IF(A1<0,"Yes","No")`. Also write this formula to C3: `=IF(B1="Yes",A1,"")`.

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2. 27,636 Reputation points
2023-02-27T03:03:19.6933333+00:00

Hi @Iona Taylor

Could you please share us with a sample for better analysis?

If the answer is 'yes' I need the third cell in the third column to be the same as the first.

If the answer is 'no' in the second column, what result do you need in the third column?

If it is blank, then please refer to Viorel's suggestion.

Any misunderstandings or updates, welcome to post back.

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