#### Formula to return a formula

```At least I think that's what I'm looking for. here's my situation:
I've got a sheet where there is a variable (X) that changes depending on
what row it is on. So I have a column  (column c) that lists these variables
(X is dependant on things from a different sheet).

X is a muliplier that is utilized differently depending on the value of N. N
is a Picklist selection and can change periodically. Or even be duplicated on
more than one row.
I have a vlookup that checks the value of N (column a) and needs to return a
formula that has X applied if needed on the appropriate row (column b).

Example:
for cells c3, c4, c5, X= 2, 3, 7 respectively.
If N="age", then I need 5*X
If N="both", then I need X/2
If N="cans", then I need 20/X+1

Row 3:
if N (a3) is "age" b3 should return (and calculate) 5*2
if N (a3) is "both" b3 should return (and calculate) 2/2
if N (a3) is "cans" b3 should return (and calculate) 20/2+1

Row 4:
a4 is "age"; b4 should be 5*3
a4 is "both"; b4 should be 3/2
a4 is "cans"; b4 should be 20/3+1

Row 5:
a5 is "age"; b5 should be 5*7
a5 is "both"; b5 should be 7/2
a5 is "cans"; b5 should be 20/7+1

This is looking fairly complex so I hope my question is understandable. I've
been fighting with this for days now and have exhausted every How-To and help
file I can find on Excel. I'm hoping someone can help with this.
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```Hope i have understand what you trying to say. In B3, copy this formula
=IF(A3="both",C3/2,IF(A3="age",5*C3,20/C3+1)) drag this down to B5.

"Pelldom" wrote:

> At least I think that's what I'm looking for. here's my situation:
> I've got a sheet where there is a variable (X) that changes depending on
> what row it is on. So I have a column  (column c) that lists these variables
> (X is dependant on things from a different sheet).
>
> X is a muliplier that is utilized differently depending on the value of N. N
> is a Picklist selection and can change periodically. Or even be duplicated on
> more than one row.
> I have a vlookup that checks the value of N (column a) and needs to return a
> formula that has X applied if needed on the appropriate row (column b).
>
> Example:
> for cells c3, c4, c5, X= 2, 3, 7 respectively.
> If N="age", then I need 5*X
> If N="both", then I need X/2
> If N="cans", then I need 20/X+1
>
> Row 3:
> if N (a3) is "age" b3 should return (and calculate) 5*2
> if N (a3) is "both" b3 should return (and calculate) 2/2
> if N (a3) is "cans" b3 should return (and calculate) 20/2+1
>
> Row 4:
> a4 is "age"; b4 should be 5*3
> a4 is "both"; b4 should be 3/2
> a4 is "cans"; b4 should be 20/3+1
>
> Row 5:
> a5 is "age"; b5 should be 5*7
> a5 is "both"; b5 should be 7/2
> a5 is "cans"; b5 should be 20/7+1
>
> This is looking fairly complex so I hope my question is understandable. I've
> been fighting with this for days now and have exhausted every How-To and help
> file I can find on Excel. I'm hoping someone can help with this.
``` 0  Utf
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