I have a table that looks something like this in Google Sheets:

2 Others Maufacturing Manufacturing
3 Manufacturing MAnufacturing Manufacturing
4 Others Others Others
5 Others Others

I want to add a formula in column C that will return:

  • IF A2="Others" return the value in B2. Since B2="Manufacturing" hence C2="Manufacturing"
  • IF A3="Manufacturing" return the value in A3. Hence C3="Manufacturing"
  • If A4="Others" and B4="Others" return B4. Hence C4="Others"
  • If A5="Others" and B5=""returnA5. Hence C5="Others"`

There are 100s of unique values in column A.

I have tried the following formula:

     OR(A2="Manufacturing", A2="Manufacturer"),  "Manufacturing",
     OR(A2="Others", A2="Other"), "Others" )
  • is the value "Others" actually a placeholder for multiple different values in your table? e.g. "Others" = OR("Other01", "Other02", "Other03", "Other04", etc.) and why do you mention "Manufacturer" in your formula? Is that another placeholder for an array of possible values? PS: I added in the missing double quotes and closing bracket to your formula so that it doesn't error out.
    – Blindspots
    Apr 3, 2023 at 19:36

2 Answers 2


There are various errors in your formula, including value's names. Try this:

or( and (A2="Others", B2="Manufacturing"),and (A2="Manufacturing", B2="Manufacturing")),"Manufacturing", 
or( and (A2="Others", B2="Others"),A2 ="Others"), "Others" 

If you were to use it with the arrayformula() function you will have to eliminate the "and" and "or" like this:

A2:A ="Others","Others" 
  • I will try this and update here but the function is going to get too long!
    – Dhiraj D
    Mar 7, 2022 at 16:26
  • Explain better what column A contains and what you want to achieve
    – Daniele
    Mar 7, 2022 at 17:17

It seems like your goal is to return the first value <> "Others".

Try this in C2:


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