IFSformula evaluates multiple conditions and returns a corresponding value for the first condition that is true. It is commonly used as a more concise alternative to nested
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IFS formula with the syntax shown below, it has 2 required parameters:
- condition1, condition2, ... (required):
The conditions to evaluate. Each condition should be a logical expression that returns either
- value1, value2, ... (required):
The values to return if the corresponding condition is true.
ExamplesHere are a few example use cases that explain how to use the
IFSformula in Google Sheets.
Return a grade based on a score
IFS to return a letter grade based on a numerical score. For example, if the score is greater than or equal to 90, return an A; if it is greater than or equal to 80, return a B; and so on.
IFS to categorize expenses based on their amount. For example, if the expense is less than $50, categorize it as a minor expense; if it is greater than or equal to $50 but less than $100, categorize it as a moderate expense; and so on.
Calculate shipping costs
IFS to calculate shipping costs based on the weight of an item and the destination. For example, if the weight is less than 1 pound and the destination is within the United States, the shipping cost is $5; if the weight is between 1 and 5 pounds and the destination is within the United States, the shipping cost is $10; and so on.
IFSnot working? Here are some common mistakes people make when using the
IFSGoogle Sheets Formula:
Incorrect number of arguments
One of the most common mistakes is to provide an incorrect number of arguments to the IFS formula. Make sure that you provide at least one condition-value pair and that each condition is followed by a corresponding value. Also, note that the maximum number of conditions that can be evaluated is 127.
Condition not met
Another common mistake is to provide conditions that are not met. If none of the conditions are met, the formula will return an error. Double-check your conditions to make sure they are correct and that they cover all possible scenarios.
Make sure that you provide the correct syntax for the IFS formula. The syntax requires that you provide at least one condition-value pair, and that each condition is followed by a corresponding value. Also, make sure that you separate multiple condition-value pairs with a comma.
Nested IFS functions
Avoid using nested IFS functions as they can quickly become complex and difficult to manage. Instead, consider using other logical functions such as IF, AND or OR.
Wrong data type
Make sure that the data type of the conditions and values you provide is correct. For example, the condition must be a logical expression that evaluates to either true or false, and the value can be any data type.
The following functions are similar to
IFS or are often used with it in a formula:
IFformula is a logical function used to test a condition and return one value if the condition is true and another value if the condition is false. It is commonly used to create conditional statements and perform calculations based on certain conditions.
SWITCHformula is a logical function in Google Sheets that allows you to evaluate an expression against a list of cases and corresponding values. If the expression matches a case, the formula returns the corresponding value. If there is no match and a default case is specified, the formula returns the value for the default case. This function is commonly used for conditional formatting, data validation, and other tasks that require evaluating multiple conditions.
ANDfunction in Google Sheets is a logical function that returns TRUE if all of the logical expressions in the argument are TRUE, and FALSE if any of the logical expressions are FALSE. It can be used to test multiple conditions and evaluate whether they are all true or not.
ORformula is a logical formula that returns TRUE if at least one of the provided logical expressions is TRUE. It returns FALSE if all logical expressions are FALSE. This formula is commonly used in conjunction with other logical formulas, such as
AND, to build more complex logical statements.
You can learn more about the
IFS Google Sheets function on Google Support.