# Check box if child row contain value of parent row

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Hi,

I have trouble figuring out a formula that will check the box of the parent row if child row contains the value of parent row. And the formula must work if it's a column formula.

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I hope you're well and safe!

Try something like this.

```=IF([Primary Column]@row = "", "", IF(COUNTIF(CHILDREN([Primary Column]@row),
[Primary Column]@row) > 0, 1))
```

Did that work/help?

I hope that helps!

Be safe and have a fantastic day!

Best,

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I hope you're well and safe!

Try something like this.

```=IF([Primary Column]@row = "", "", IF(COUNTIF(CHILDREN([Primary Column]@row),
[Primary Column]@row) > 0, 1))
```

Did that work/help?

I hope that helps!

Be safe and have a fantastic day!

Best,

Andrée Starå | Workflow Consultant / CEO @ WORK BOLD

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Hi @Christina Lam

Hope you are fine, please try the following:

1- add a helper column call it Level to define if the row is a parent or children and use the following formula and convert it to column format formula:

```=IF(COUNT(CHILDREN([Primary Column]@row)) > 1,COUNT(ANCESTORS([Primary Column]@row) + 1))
```

2- use the following formula in Alert column and convert it to column format formula to check if you have any children match the parent value:

```=IF(Level@row >= 1, IF(COUNTIFS(CHILDREN([Primary Column]:[Primary Column]),
[Primary Column]@row) >= 1, 1))
```

the following screenshot shows the result:

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Thank you for your help. Your formula is really close, but for some reason, without the equal sign, it wouldn't work. So I added the equal sign for =[Primary Column]@row) > 0, 1)) and that seems to work.

`=IF([Primary Column]@row = "", "", IF(COUNTIF(CHILDREN([Primary Column]@row), =[Primary Column]@row) > 0, 1))`

Thanks!

Christina

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@Bassam Khalil

Thank you for your help, but since I have over 50 columns in there, it would be best to not add an extra helper column and keep it simple. Andree formula works well without adding an extra column.

Thanks.

Christina

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Excellent!

You're more than welcome!

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