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Once in a while I get asked some more complex nested if/and questions. In almost all cases, it is all about defining the problem in a simple way and building the formula step by step. Here is one question I received a couple of weeks ago:

If I redefine this problem. I have 4 values. In order for the entire problem to be true, 2 conditions must be met. And each of those conditions can be accomplished with 1 of 2 possible values. So let’s go ahead and try this out:

I will start at the end. If A=C or C=D true, that condition will be met. Here we go:

=IF(OR(C2=C4,C4=C5),1,0)

Basically, if one of the conditions is met, the formula will give me 1. I will do the same thing for that other part.

=IF(OR(C2=C3,C3=C5),1,0)

Now, I must combine these 2. Basically, if the sum of both is 2, then the overall condition is met. If not, it is false. Here is how I’ll do it:

=IF(IF(OR(C2=C4,C4=C5),1,0)+IF(OR(C2=C3,C3=C5),1,0)=2,”True”,”False”)

You can see the result which is false of course:

If I change B and C to match A, I should get a “true”

And here I go:

Of course, this could be done in many different ways but I just wanted to show another way. Hopefully this helps!

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