#### Is it possible to display a character, but utilize a value in the same cell?

```I am working on a schedule of inspections.
I have a column that displays either a Q(Quarterly), S(Semi-Annual) or
A(Annual) .  I'd like to be able to link the column to an equation
with the values 4, 2, or 1.  (IE Quarterly is 4 inspections a year)
Can a "Q" be displayed in a cell, but use a math value of 4 as part of
an equation for further calculations
For Example:

Cell A  I Cell B I  Cell C  I  Cell D
Qty   I  Insp   I  Hours  I  Total
2          Q          .75

(2 x 4 x .75) = 6 inspection hours Annually

I'd like the sheet to display the type of inspection, for clarity, but
also want that cell to function as part of the equation.  Is this
possible?  Thank you.
```
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```Yes, you could use something like

=IF(B2="","",A2*VLOOKUP(B2,{"A",1;"S",2;"Q",4},2,0)*C2)

where B is the column with type of inspection. If B is empty total will be
empty as well

--

Regards,

Peo Sjoblom

"G.T.W." <rampart@easynews.com> wrote in message
news:3f9af3e8.288560@news.ev1.net...
> I am working on a schedule of inspections.
> I have a column that displays either a Q(Quarterly), S(Semi-Annual) or
> A(Annual) .  I'd like to be able to link the column to an equation
> with the values 4, 2, or 1.  (IE Quarterly is 4 inspections a year)
> Can a "Q" be displayed in a cell, but use a math value of 4 as part of
> an equation for further calculations
> For Example:
>
> Cell A  I Cell B I  Cell C  I  Cell D
>   Qty   I  Insp   I  Hours  I  Total
>    2          Q          .75
>
> (2 x 4 x .75) = 6 inspection hours Annually
>
>
> I'd like the sheet to display the type of inspection, for clarity, but
> also want that cell to function as part of the equation.  Is this
> possible?  Thank you.

```
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terre081 (3244)
10/25/2003 10:51:35 PM

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