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Nesting more than 7 IF statements in an Excel function

November 2015

Nesting more than 7 IF statements in an Excel function

It is possible to circumvent limitation over the number of nested conditional formulas by cascading them (7 nests).

Example 1 (text data)

Consider cell A2 as the source cell, in which you will either enter a text or numeric value, and take as an example data in text format ranging from "one" to "fifty-six".
  • To facilitate the monitoring data that will be collected in the numeric format and inserted into the formula, they could be located in target cells, in this case referring to the address of each cell.
  • Simply complete the "value if false" of each nest by 0 (zero) and restart a new nesting preceded by + (plus)

Example 2 (numeric data)

This time consider cell A8 as source cell, the data will be in numeric format ranging from 1 to 40 and the data in the cell (e.g D8) in text format.
  • Simply complete the "value if false" for each nests by "" (empty) and restart a nesting preceded by an ampersand &

Example 3 (with fields)

This method allows you to create fields containing the conditional formula. First enable the cell that will display the result, e.g cell D5.
  • Create the first field (Name / Define Name), eg field named Form1
  • In "refer to": enter the formula and finish with classical conditional "Value if false" = FALSE.
  • Continue by creating a new field named Form2 and enter the following formula to continue the conditional nesting.
  • An eighth field if necessary.
  • In the active cell D5, enter a simple conditional formula referring to named fields
  • The possibilities are very important and we have 7 nested by field X 8 or 56 conditional IF.
  • It is also possible to relaunch new cascade nest as in the first two examples based on the same criteria, which allows a very large number of possibilities.
  • This last method is interesting because it allows you to test multiple cells, including several sheets, or create a cascade cells, or sheets, or in a defined order.
  • But it is possible to obtain an unlimited number of conditionals with the the last method.

Example 4 (with masked cells)

This method will allow us to obtain an unlimited number of conditionals using (masked) cells in a column.
  • Example, in a first cell (C 13) the first of the 6 conditional, completed by the "value if false" referring to the cell containing the second conditional formula, example: C14
  • In this cell C14, put the following conditional formula with a "value if false" pointing to the address of the cell containing the formula (C15)

it can be used as in many cells as needed, without limitation.

Single Sheet - Simplified formula

When all the cells are tested on the same sheet, it is possible to simplify the formula, replacing "Sheet1!A2" by cell address "A2" or absolute reference "$A$2".

Another procedure (without the IF function)

It is possible to circumvent the number of nested conditionals, the method is difficult to handle for novice users, it is better to create a template and use the SEARCH or CHOOSE function .


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Original article published by Mike-31. Translated by jad05. - Latest update by aquarelle
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