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# Finding the right formula

I want a formula that when a number is placed in a column (say e) on one sheet, it will pick up the text from another column in the same line (say b), and transfer that text into a selected column/line in a different sheet, but within then same book!!

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• enquiries122 Mar 13, 2009

Hi botaksetan. The connection is column b on the first spreadsheet is a headings column, i.e it is a describtion of the material/service provided to a customer, column e is the column that i input a figure which relates to the quantity required. What I am hoping to achieve is when I put the qty figure in column e, i want the description in column b to transfer to a specific cell on another spreadsheet within the same workbook. This is to safe me having to constantly retype everything from the one sheet to the other.

• enquiries122 Mar 13, 2009

This works brilliantly, thank you very much. You have managed to save me countless hours of duplicate typing when to estimates. FANTASTIC!!

• Adi Sunardy May 11, 2010

Gimme more detail, so i could help...

What is the connection between Column e and colum b? Can you just give a brief example?

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Assumption:

1. we work on sheet1, cell b1 as description of material and cell e1 as quantity figure.
2. we will put the transfer the text in cell b1 to sheet2 cell a1 if you have entered some value in sheet1 cell e1. Otherwise sheet2 cell a1 will left empty or display some text as "NONE" or as you wish.
what you should do is make a formula in sheet2 cell a1 like this:

=IF(Sheet1!e1<>"",Sheet1!b1,"")

The formula will check sheet1 cell e1, if there is any number or text put in there, the value of Sheet1 cell b1 will be copied to sheet2 cell a1. If you don't supply any number or text in sheet1 cell e1, there's nothing will appeared in sheet2 cell a1.

If you want some text will display when there's no value in sheet1 cell e1 just change the formula like this:

=IF(Sheet1!e1<>"",Sheet1!b1,"NONE")

You can modify it as your like. Just copy the formula to another row in sheet2 column a.

P.S.: If this information was helpful, please rate this solution.

Posted on Mar 13, 2009

• Adi Sunardy Mar 13, 2009

Please let me know if you have solved this problem or need further help. Thanks

• Adi Sunardy Mar 14, 2009

It's my pleasure to help :)

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