I am attempting to create a sign in sheet for students when they are sent to a "calming" room. The idea is that when they reach the room, they enter their name and select their teacher's name from a drop down list.

I am using Form-mule to automatically send an email to the teacher the student selected saying that they checked into the calming room. However, Form-mule only allows you to set up 15 templates and as we have more than 15 teachers and I cannot expect a 3rd grader to be able to remember their teachers email address, I was hoping I could create a nested IF statement which will compare the teachers name the student selected and to enter an email address in a separate column of the Google Sheet.

The formula I have been using is:

=IF(D2 = “Mrs.Winehouse”, ”[email protected]”, 
IF(D2 = ”Billie Eilish”, ”[email protected]”, 
IF(D2 = ”Jay Cutler”, ”[email protected]”,“”)))

D2 is the row of the Google Sheet where the Teacher Name info populates.
Unfortunately, I keep receiving a parse error.


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Your formula is correct except you should be using straight double quotes (" ") instead of curly double (“ ”) quotes.

This means your formula should be:

=IF(D2 = "Mrs.Winehouse", "[email protected]", 
   IF(D2 = "Billie Eilish", "[email protected]", 
       IF(D2 = "Jay Cutler", "[email protected]","")))

Straight " " VS curly “ ”

Please read more about quotes on straight and curly quotes.
Curly quotes are also reffered as smart quotes.

You most likely created the formula in a program like Microsoft Word or an app like Google Docs and then copied it on to the cell.
When creating a formula, create it within a cell by double clicking on it.

I did not edit your post so you can compare the difference.

  • Aha! Thank you so much. Commented Sep 16, 2019 at 23:24
  • I am attempting to do this for 50+ names. Would I be able to do it in an editor such as Atom and copy paste it into the sheet? Commented Sep 16, 2019 at 23:32
  • Yes you would. Atom is a source code editor so you would not have any issues. In any case just rty it on just one name and Copy-Paste to find out. Commented Sep 16, 2019 at 23:37
  • Oh it worked right away. You called it as well. Google Docs was what I was using. I'm a bit new to all of this so I very much appreciate the help. Commented Sep 16, 2019 at 23:42

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