How To Use If In Google Sheets

Google Sheets, a powerful and widely-used tool for data management and analysis, offers a plethora of functions to ease our daily tasks. One such function is the IF function, a conditional logical function that returns results based on the fulfillment of certain criteria. This blog post aims to guide you on how to effectively use the IF function in Google Sheets.

What is the IF Function?

The IF function in Google Sheets is used to create logical comparisons in your data. The function tests a condition and returns a specific value if the condition is True, and another value if it is False.

The syntax for the IF function is: =IF(condition, value_if_true, value_if_false)

How to Use the IF Function in Google Sheets

Using the IF function in Google Sheets is fairly straightforward. Below are the steps you should follow:

Step 1: Start your function with =IF

First, click on the cell where you want your result to be displayed. Then type =IF into the cell. Google Sheets should automatically show a tooltip with the IF function format to help guide you.


Step 2: Define Your Condition

This is where you will input your logical test or condition. The condition can be a comparison of any kind (such as A1>B1).


Step 3: Define the Value If True and False

Define what value or action should be returned if the condition is true and what should be returned if it is false.

=IF(A1>B1, "True", "False")

In the above example, if the value in cell A1 is greater than the value in B1, Google Sheets will return “True”. If not, it will return “False”.


The IF function is a powerful feature in Google Sheets that allows you to make logical comparisons within your data. Whether you’re comparing sales data, grading student assignments, or just managing your personal budget, the IF function can be a great asset to your spreadsheet skills. Take some time to practice, and you’ll be a pro in no time!