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# Excel (SWITCH function?)

I wish to show a description next to a couple of sub-totals (e.g let us say that the sub-totals are in cells G50 & H50). I want the description in, say, cell D50 to show the wording "Profit" or "Loss" depending on whether G50 & H50 are both positive, both negative, or to show Profit/(Loss) if G50 is positive, and H50 is negative - or vice versa.

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# Re: Excel (SWITCH function?)

``=IF(AND(G50>0,H50>0),"Profit",IF(AND(G50<0,H50<0),"Loss",IF(AND(G50>0,H50<0),"Profit/(Loss)",IF(AND(G50<0,H50>0),"(Loss)/Profit",""))))``

You can apply nested IF as well. An alternative besides SWITCH could be IFS.

# Re: Excel (SWITCH function?)

Danke sehr, Quadruple Pawn. I understand the logic of the nested "IF" statements, but they are more involved than I had hoped. Thanks again for your response.

# Re: Excel (SWITCH function?)

@Nigel_Lewis570202

Alternatively

=IF(G50>0,IF(H50>0,"Profit","Profit/(Loss"),IF(H50>0,"(Loss)/Profit","Loss"))

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# Re: Excel (SWITCH function?)

Hans
Thanks, that looks neat - I will try it!

# Re: Excel (SWITCH function?)

If you want a recent function

``````= SWITCH(
SUM((values>0)*{2,1}),
3, "Profit",
2, "Profit/(Loss)",
1, "(Loss)/Profit",
"(Loss)"
)``````