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Chris asks "I am using the IF function, but I want the Value if True and the Value if False to be applied to a cell different from the cell that contains the actual IF function. For example, I tried someting like this:

Cell A1 reads the following: =IF(A2=5,A3="YES",A3="NO")

However, Excel doesn' t put any data in cell A3. Instead it puts "FALSE" in cell A! regardless of what is in cell A2."

Functions can only return a value, they can not modify their "environment". So, the "workaround" for this problem would be to put this formula:


in A3 instead of A1.

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