# complex if/and/or question

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I have 5 status columns, each with 4 possible values (Approved, Approved with Comments, N/A, Resend). I want to fill in an "Overall" Status

The 5 columns are

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Tagless Status

Front Graphic Status

Back Graphic Status

Right Sleeve Status

Left Sleeve Status

Other Status

My logic is If all of the columns are Approved, Approved with Comments, or N/A I want the Overall status to by Approved (actually a 1 because it is a checkbox), If any of the columns are not filled in or Resends then I want the status checkbox not filled in.

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My trick is to create a series of helper columns that will help you write the if case.. When it is done then you can use a text editor to copy and paste the formulas into each other to create a massive if statement.

But let's look at your logic first..

• Basically, you want to fail (cause a zero) in two cases.. All others cause a sucess
• If there is a Blank in the cell or If there is a "Resend" in the cell
• It is much easier to look for failure cases than for the success cases.
• Also nested if/and/or will drive you nuts

For the purpose of below a "0" is a Fail Case and a "1" is a success Case

• So First case a blank cell.. If any cell is blank then it should cause a "Fail" or a Zero. So rather then a big nested If why don't we just count the empty cells.. and if it is more then Zero we have a "fail case"
CASE 1 => IF(COUNTIF([Tagless Status]@row:[Other Status]@row, "") > 0), 0, 1)

• Next, if there is a "Resend" it fails as well.. Well let us count those and if we have more then Zero then we
CASE 2 => IF(COUNTIFS([Tagless Status]@row:[Other Status]@row, "Resend") > 0), 0, 1)

• Now we could do something silly like add those together but then you may get a "2" and that is not going to work for a checkbox or flag.
• So this is where you can put the "OR" in place. We will create an IF statement that says "If either case is greater then zero then we have a FAIL aka 0 otherwise, we have to have a PASS aka 1:
IF(OR(CASE1 > 0 , CASE2 > 0), 0, 1)

• In Summary:
=IF(OR(COUNTIFS([Tagless Status]@row:[Other Status]@row, "Resend") > 0, COUNTIF([Tagless Status]@row:[Other Status]@row, "") > 0), 0, 1)

You can see I used some "helper columns" to check my logic first. I then pasted the working formula into the Overall Approved column...

Then you can simply delete the Helper Columns

Hope that helps and makes sense

Brent Wilson

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My trick is to create a series of helper columns that will help you write the if case.. When it is done then you can use a text editor to copy and paste the formulas into each other to create a massive if statement.

But let's look at your logic first..

• Basically, you want to fail (cause a zero) in two cases.. All others cause a sucess
• If there is a Blank in the cell or If there is a "Resend" in the cell
• It is much easier to look for failure cases than for the success cases.
• Also nested if/and/or will drive you nuts

For the purpose of below a "0" is a Fail Case and a "1" is a success Case

• So First case a blank cell.. If any cell is blank then it should cause a "Fail" or a Zero. So rather then a big nested If why don't we just count the empty cells.. and if it is more then Zero we have a "fail case"
CASE 1 => IF(COUNTIF([Tagless Status]@row:[Other Status]@row, "") > 0), 0, 1)

• Next, if there is a "Resend" it fails as well.. Well let us count those and if we have more then Zero then we
CASE 2 => IF(COUNTIFS([Tagless Status]@row:[Other Status]@row, "Resend") > 0), 0, 1)

• Now we could do something silly like add those together but then you may get a "2" and that is not going to work for a checkbox or flag.
• So this is where you can put the "OR" in place. We will create an IF statement that says "If either case is greater then zero then we have a FAIL aka 0 otherwise, we have to have a PASS aka 1:
IF(OR(CASE1 > 0 , CASE2 > 0), 0, 1)

• In Summary:
=IF(OR(COUNTIFS([Tagless Status]@row:[Other Status]@row, "Resend") > 0, COUNTIF([Tagless Status]@row:[Other Status]@row, "") > 0), 0, 1)

You can see I used some "helper columns" to check my logic first. I then pasted the working formula into the Overall Approved column...

Then you can simply delete the Helper Columns

Hope that helps and makes sense

Brent Wilson

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thanks, I will try this today

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