# =If()

Conditional formulas can really up your Excel game. This can provide a lot more functionality to your workbooks.

So what are conditional formulas? Conditional formulas work based on the following logic: IF condition THEN action.

examples: IF gas tank is low THEN  go to gas station

IF age > or = to 21 THEN you can drink

The basic Excel formula for this is =If()

## Syntax

=If(logical test,[value if true],[value if false])

### Example 1

In the first example, we are going to see if a value in Column A is > 10. If it is, we will return High. If not, it will return Low. It also works with strings.

### Example 2

In this example, we are asking if any name in column D matches Bob, then Yes, else No. ## 2 thoughts on “Excel: =If() – Conditional Formulas”

1. Alex Powers

Great post Ben – had to help a friend today who had his IF and Boolean right but no logical_test – he finally had that “AH-HA!” moment after he realized he lacked a comparison operator.

1. Ben Larson

It is always the simplest step people forgot. LOL