IF function is one of the powerful in-cell function in LibreOffice or OpenOffice Calc. And you can do anything literally with it if you know the basics. Here’s how.
The basic is very simple. The IF function uses conditions to determine results. If the condition is met then, one result is shown, and if the condition is not met then another result is shown.
Here are some examples to help you understand.
Table of Contents
IF(Test, Then Value, Otherwise Value)
Simple IF Function
The below example checks whether the price is greater than $500 and based on that we fill in High or Low in the adjacent cells.
The below example also gives the exact result. Note that the operator is changed to less than sign (<) and arguments have been swapped.
You can use any comparison operators e.g. = (equal to), > (greater than), < (less than), >= (greater than or equal to), <= (less than or equal to) and <> (not equal to) in the IF formula.
You can also use text/strings in IF statements with comparison operators. Remember to enclose the text or string using double quotes (“).
The below example checks whether each cell contains ‘Mango’ then it returns ‘Fruit’ in the adjacent cell.
You can combine multiple IF statements for multiple conditions in a Calc cell. The FALSE or the third operator of the IF statement is replaced by another IF statement to evaluate another test or condition.
In the below example, if the score is 50, ‘Good’ is shown. If it is 100, then excellent – otherwise, Invalid. You can note that all three possible tests are added in the single cell with two nested IF statements.
This is the most simple way to work in a Calc spreadsheet with conditions using IF. You can refer to the official guide here.
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