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Use the IFS function instead of nested IF to test for multiple conditions

Available in 365 version of Excel, the IFS function checks whether one or more conditions are met, and returns a value that corresponds to the first TRUE condition

IFS can take the place of nested IF statements and is much easier to construct and read when testing for multiple conditions.

 IFS can also be used with other functions, such as OR and AND.

Let’s break down the IFS function formula in the Status column below. Notice that if none of the conditions evaluate to TRUE, we simply add the TRUE condition to the end of the IFS formula as a catch-all to avoid an #N/A error.


Status Column Formula:      =IFS(E4="Y","Paid",D4<$B$1,$B$1-D4,TRUE,"Not Yet Due")

1. If column E contains Y, "Paid" should be returned

2. If Due Date is less than the report date, return the difference between the report date and the due date

3. If neither condition is true, "Not Yet Due" should be returned


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