# Formula issue for conditional formatting

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edited 12/09/19

I am trying to set up a formula to allow for conditional formatting but having some problems.

This is the formula I'm trying:

=IF([Actual]19 >= [Target]19, IF([Actual]19 < SUM([Target]19 * 0.1), IF([Actual]19 > SUM([Target]19 * 0.1), "GREEN", "AMBER", "RED"))

but the result leaves the cell blank with no error message.

What I'm trying to get it do is:

- If Actual >= Target = 'Green'

- If Actual is less than 10% of Target = 'Amber'

- If Actual is more than 10% of Target = 'Red'

Can anyone shed some light on where I'm going wrong please?

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• edited 10/31/19
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Silly me. I fixed it myself based on a previous question I posted. I should have checked that first!

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Hi there, the IF statement requires that the THEN come after each IF. So in your case, you listed three IFS and then three THEN's... It should look like this:

IF(Condition, THEN, IF(Condition, THEN, ELSE))

Try this rendition of your formula.

=IF([Actual]19 >= [Target]19, "GREEN", IF([Actual]19 < SUM([Target]19 * 0.1, "AMBER", IF([Actual]19 > SUM([Target]19 * 0.1, "RED")))

That should return the correct results. Let me know if it worked!

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Hi Mike,

I'm afraid it didn't work. It worked in some cells but in others the 'incorrect argument set' appeared.

I did find a work around though. I included an extra column to calculate 90% of the target and used this formula which works:

=IF([Actual]@row >= [Target]@row, "Green", IF([Actual]@row >= [90%]@row, "Amber", IF([Actual]@row < [90%]@row, "Red")))

Thanks for you help anyway.

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Awesome. I am glad that I got you pointed in the right direction.

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