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Excel: Nested IF Function/Formula Nesting Limitation

Nested IF Function/Formula Nesting Limit Limitation

One limitation of Excel is that we can only nest formulas up to 7 levels. This is particularly limiting when trying to add nested IF Functions/Formulas that require greater than 7 conditions. See Also: Named Formula method here

If you hit the 7 level limit, odds are that you are not using the correct method for your task. For example, one common use of multiple nested IF Functions/Formulas is when we wish to have a value returned based on the content of another cell. If this is your problem, then it's very likely the use of the Vlookup formula with a lookup table will solve your problems! See screen shot below;

Lookup Table

If you are evaluating numbers being entered into a cell you could use the CHOOSE Function/Formula. For example, if a user can enter a number between 1 and 10 into A1, you may wish to have the text returned based on the number they enter. See example below


If you Enter the above formula into any cell and then enter a number between 1 and 10 into A1, you will see exactly what it doing. The CHOOSE Function/Formula can take up to 30 arguments.

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