# How can I test the text content of a cell

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#### catefaulkes

I wish to create a logical test - an IF statement that tests whether a cell
contains H, M or L, and output the result as a number.
I cannot get the IF statement to recognise text as true or false - my Excel
2007 gives an error when I try to do something like IF(E9=H ....) is there a
way to do this?

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#### Gord Dibben

=IF(E9="H"

Gord Dibben MS Excel MVP

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#### Fred Smith

For Excel to recognize text, you need to surround it in quotes, like this:
=if(or(e9="H",e9="M",e9="L"),true,false)

Regards,
Fred

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#### Mike H

Hi,

You don't say if you want a different number for each of the text values or

=IF(OR(A1="H",A1="M",A1="L"),99999,"")

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Mike

When competing hypotheses are otherwise equal, adopt the hypothesis that
introduces the fewest assumptions while still sufficiently answering the
question.

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#### macropod

Hi catefaulkes,

Yet another approach:
=(E9="H")*1+(E9="M")*2+(E9="L")*3
Replace the 1,2,3 with whatever values you require. If no match occurs, 0 is returned.