This formula is based on the IF function, configured with a simple logical test, a value to return when the test is TRUE, and a value to return when the test is FALSE. In plain English: if Value 1 equals 1, return Value 2. If Value 1 is not 1, return an empty string ("").
Note if you type "" directly into a cell in Excel, you'll see the double quote characters. However, when you enter as a formula like this:
You won't see anything, the cell will look blank.
Also, if you are new to Excel, note numeric values are not entered in quotes. In other words:
Wrapping a number in quotes ("1") causes Excel to interpret the value as text, which will cause logical tests to fail.
Checking for blank cells
If you need check the result of a formula like this, be aware that the ISBLANK function will return FALSE when checking a formula that returns "" as a final result. There are other options however. If A1 contains "" returned by a formula, then:
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The IF function is very versatile. You can use it whenever you need to test a condition and take an action based on the result. You can even combine multiple IF statements to check multiple conditions.
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