This "ought" to be easy and yet as with so many things SharePoint, it isn't. I have a calculated column where I keep getting a syntax error. If the user sets a dropdown column value to x, then y should be Text.

Course # is the drop down field Course Name is the field I'm trying to get to calculate

=IF([Course #]="AWR135"
    ,"Promoting Community Cybersecurity Planning"
    ,=IF([Course #]="AWR136"
          ,"Essentials of Community Cybersecurity"

There are actually 2 more classes but that's plenty for now. If I use this formula, then I get the syntax error. If I use just one of the conditions then It saves, but nothing returns in the field for the Course Name.

I need to do this in another column where the I want the setting the course number fills in the correct project number. I could create a document or a list that has the course information but, then how do I set up the column to pull the right value from that list?

2 Answers 2


I reformatted the Formula in your original post, you can copy/paste multilines and SharePoint will ignore them.

The = was allready spotted;

You are also missing a False in your second IF

=IF([Course #]="AWR135"
    ,"Promoting Community Cybersecurity Planning"
    ,IF([Course #]="AWR136"
        ,"Essentials of Community Cybersecurity"

Should paste without errors

  • You covered both issues, so I deleted my answer. I didn't notice the missing else portion.
    – wjervis
    Aug 14, 2015 at 18:29
  • Well to be 100% complete, a missing False statement is no error, the Formula will work. But will return a No/False value for the False statement by default Aug 14, 2015 at 20:08
  • SUCCESS! Ya'll rock.
    – Catherine
    Aug 14, 2015 at 21:48
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    Cool! And that in the midst of my mid-life crisis! Now go mark any of the answers as Answered and keep StackOverflow clean Aug 15, 2015 at 7:34

below formula should work for you

Try this:

=IF([Course#]="AWR136","Promoting Community Cybersecurity Planning",IF([Course#]="AWR135","Essentials of Community Cybersecurity"))

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