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excel If Statement is false but value is true

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Dear experts,

in the formula below i'm getting "false" but in worksheet IMPORT!Q2 the value is web-only-user
Whats the problem?

=IF(IMPORT!Q2="web-only-user";"Set-CASMailbox -Identity "&A2&" -PopEnabled $false -ImapEnabled $false -ActiveSyncEnabled $false -MAPIBlockOutlookRpcHttp $true -MAPIEnabled $true -OwaMailboxPolicy $null"

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Try:

=IF(TRIM(IMPORT!Q2)="web-only-user";"Set-CASMailbox -Identity "&A2&" -PopEnabled $false -ImapEnabled $false -ActiveSyncEnabled $false -MAPIBlockOutlookRpcHttp $true -MAPIEnabled $true -OwaMailboxPolicy $null"
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I'll add to that (and say that you need a close-bracket at the end :-) ).

=IF(lower(TRIM(IMPORT!Q2))="web-only-user";"Set-CASMailbox -Identity "&A2&" -PopEnabled $false -ImapEnabled $false -ActiveSyncEnabled $false -MAPIBlockOutlookRpcHttp $true -MAPIEnabled $true -OwaMailboxPolicy $null","")

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If that doesn't work, try going to Formulas - Evaluate Formula so you can step into the formula while it executes.
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by:Mandy_
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Evaluate Formula shows me that the part  LOWER(TRIM(IMPORT!Q2))="web-only-user"  = false

but the value in  IMPORT!Q2    excactly is web-only-user


 $null","") not working


 $null""")  shows false

and
$null";"")   shows empty cell

???
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by:Phillip Burton
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What does this give?

="+" & import!q2 & "+"

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=len(import!q2)

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by:James Elliott
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There are actually two different ascii characters for a symbol that looks like '-'. I can't remember the actual codes off hand, but try re-typing Q2 and then type the formula with exactly the same key choice.
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by:Mandy_
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"+web-only-user+"

and
=len(import!q2)

empty cell
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by:Phillip Burton
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Those two answers are so strange - can you please post your spreadsheet.
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by:Mandy_
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if i change web-only-user to "web" in import!q2 everything working fine. Thats an issue with "-"
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by:Phillip Burton
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Got it! (I think)

Change

=IF(IMPORT!Q2="web-only-user";

to =IF(IMPORT!Q2="web-only-user",

It should be a comma, not a semi-colon.

Trouble is, your initial formula won't actually work, so if this doesn't work, we are a little in the dark helping you. So please then post your spreadsheet.
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if i change q2 and type web-only-user it's also working. The data in this column are coming from powershell.

and if we search in the formula for "web" in q2?
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by:James Elliott
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I doubt the semi-colon is the issue. You can change the standard delimiter and some regions have the semi colon as standard.

I refer to my previous post. The issue looks like the ascii character used to do the hyphen (or the minus). There are at least two different possibility within the standard ascii set.
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by:Phillip Burton
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Please post your spreadsheet. There's nothing more I can help you with unless you do so.
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by:James Elliott
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When typing your formula, instead of hitting the hyphen, instead hit ALT+196 and see if that works.
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by:Mandy_
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My fault!  the CSV was written in ACSII Encoding. I changed to default and now all working fine.

Thank you so much for your help!
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