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    Using "IF" formula on text not converted to a number

    I'm trying to incorporate a cell within an "IF" formula and the cell contains a number (2000) but its formatted as text instead of a number. This is due to the way it exports out of my system in excel. When use an =IF(A1="2000",.... its not recognizing the 2000 since its text and not a number. If I convert it to a number the formula will work but I don't want to have to convert it to a number every time.

    How can I write the formula to recognize the text?

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    Re: Using "IF" formula on text not converted to a number

    Try removing the quotes from your "IF" statement:
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    That works for me.

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    Re: Using "IF" formula on text not converted to a number

    Also note: you can check for either using the "OR" function:

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    Re: Using "IF" formula on text not converted to a number

    =IF(A1*1=2000,"match","no match")
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    Re: Using "IF" formula on text not converted to a number

    I am curious for this line..

    =IF(A1="2000",.... its not recognizing the 2000 since its text
    can you please attach the file.. coz.. i want to experience it..
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    =DEC2HEX(3563)

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    Re: Using "IF" formula on text not converted to a number

    @ gyclone if you remove the "" from "2000", then it becomes a number again.

    If you do indeed have text looking like numbers, then the "2000" should work for the search. If it only works without the "", then the 2000 is a value, not text

    On a side-note, a quick way to convert "text" to values...if you look at/click on a "number" text cell, you will see a small yellow diamond. Highlight the entire range, scroll back up to the top of the range (the range should still be highlighted), click on the yellow diamond and select "convert to number"
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    Re: Using "IF" formula on text not converted to a number

    @FDibbins: With all due respect, as you note in your comment,
    If it only works without the "", then the 2000 is a value, not text
    . Therefore, the value was already a number and removing the quotes did nothing but to allow for a match, which is what the original poster requested.

    @00Pumpkin: Ultimately, I think Ace_XL may have provided the best approach, except that, as written, it would throw an error on any cell which can't be converted to a number. If using that method, I'd wrap it in an "IF(ISERROR(". My second answer would catch either format, without throwing any errors on true text entries.

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    Re: Using "IF" formula on text not converted to a number

    I was able to change the text over to a number using the VALUE function.

    Thanks!

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