# I Have a LEN Question

#### Mykro

##### Active Member
This Newbie to Excel would like to know how the LEN function works in this example...
=IF(LEN(D11),IF(D11+C11<F11,"LOST","WON"),"")
This message was edited by Mykro on 2002-11-01 10:57

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#### Juan Pablo González

##### MrExcel MVP
Excel undertands the FALSE boolean as 0, and TRUE as any number different than 0. So, if the cell D11 has anything in it, the LEN() formula makes Excel calculate the TRUE part of the IF...

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On 2002-11-01 10:52, Mykro wrote:
This Newbie to Excel would like to know how the LEN function works in this example...
=IF(LEN(D11),IF(D11+C11<F11,"LOST","WON"),"")

A wild guess...

=IF(COUNTBLANK(C11:D1),"",IF(SUM(C11:D11)<F11,"LOST","WON"))

is probably what you are looking for?
This message was edited by Aladin Akyurek on 2002-11-01 12:39

#### Mykro

##### Active Member
Juan, I've noticed that without the "")
on the end of the function it returns ####
When there is no data entered and just using a regular "if" statement without the LEN function with no data entered it returns it as false or "won". So, in order to have it return with it blank,the statement needs to have the LEN funtion with "") at the end..
Correct ??
This message was edited by Mykro on 2002-11-01 16:48

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