# Basic Excel Help

stueybaby17

24-02-2008 13:05:40

I'm trying to use an If formula but I'm having some trouble. I have three numbers and what I need the formula to do is to take the highest number and the middle number and subtract the middle number to leave me the difference.

Here's a shitty example of what I mean

Given Numbers 1 2 3
What I want the formula to do 0 0 1
Totals 1 2 2

And I had formulas to do that from just the "Given Numbers" column, but then the problem came because the given numbers weren't actually given but calculated using a formula. So when I changed a cell linked to the formula the highest number wasnt' necessarily the highest number anymore.

I was working on the formula like this
=IF(B9<C9,-(B9-C9),0)

But I don't know how to incorporate the third column into the formula.

Any help would be greatly appreciated

hehehhehe

24-02-2008 15:08:07

I'm not exactly sure how you have the cells and formulas laid out, but if you want the highest number out of three cells you can use
=MAX(cell1,cell2,cell3)

For the middle number
=MEDIAN(cell1,cell2,cell3)

And subtract the value given in the second formula from the first.

Like I said though, it's hard to help any better because it's not clear how you have everything laid out.

stueybaby17

24-02-2008 16:03:11

[quote2ecafd0cdc="hehehhehe"]I'm not exactly sure how you have the cells and formulas laid out, but if you want the highest number out of three cells you can use
=MAX(cell1,cell2,cell3)

For the middle number
=MEDIAN(cell1,cell2,cell3)

And subtract the value given in the second formula from the first.

Like I said though, it's hard to help any better because it's not clear how you have everything laid out.[/quote2ecafd0cdc]

The answer you gave didn't quite do what I wanted to do. But you definatly gave the the idea to for how to make it work how I wanted it to. This is what I finally came up with.

=IF(B10=MIN(\$B\$10,\$C\$10,\$D\$10),-MIN(\$B\$10,\$C\$10,\$D\$10)+MEDIAN(\$B\$10,\$C\$10,\$D\$10),0)

And I also realized I was working with capital accounts and everthing is written as a negative number so I needed min.

Thanks
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