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Select a Formula Based on Prior Selection

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    Select a Formula Based on Prior Selection

    I am wondering if the following is possible, if so, how do I accomplish it.

    I am building a spreadsheet for calculating weights of metal pieces for miscellaneous metals production. This could be Stairs, Handrails, Guardrails, Equipment Decks, Bollards, etc.

    As an example a set of metal stairs will have multiple metal shapes involved in its construction.

    Depending on the metal shape, the weight either comes from a data table (I use VLOOKUP to get the weight/foot), in the description of the pieces (for example W16x31 is 31 lbs/lnft - I use RIGHT(K10,LEN(K10)-FIND("x",K10,1)) where K10 is the cell that would have the W16x31), or for bars and plates, I use the volume of the piece divided by its density.

    What I am wondering is if I can have a table that would have the name of the shape in column A and the formula I would use to calculate the weight of that shape in column B, then use a VLOOKUP in the cell I want the weight per foot to calculate to choose the appropriate formula.

    I am on Office 365 Version of Excel - I do not know how to change my office version
    Last edited by mmchaley; 11-05-2017 at 02:25 PM. Reason: added info

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    Re: Select a Formula Based on Prior Selection

    Attach a sample workbook (not image).

    Make sure there is just enough data to demonstrate your need. Include a BEFORE sheet and an AFTER sheet in the workbook if needed to show the process you're trying to complete or automate.

    Make sure your desired results are shown, mock them up manually if necessary.

    Remember to desensitize the data.

    Click on GO ADVANCED and then scroll down to Manage Attachments to open the upload window.

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