In this post, we will show you how to assign different colors to pins or highlighted regions in ZeeMaps when you upload a spreadsheet by using the IFS function in Excel. We will use a spreadsheet that has zip codes in the US with a column for number of dealers in that zip code. The sample spreadsheet is attached to the bottom of this post and has just two columns, ‘zip code’ and ‘dealers’. We’ll add a third column – ‘colors’.

A type of IF function in Excel is the IFS function in which you can input multiple conditions to determine cell values. The function is checked from left to right for the multiple conditions, and the value set for the cell is determined by the first condition that is met. IFS is a much easier way of testing for multiple conditions instead of nesting multiple IF functions.

This statement is extremely helpful when we want to make one field value dependent on another. For example, if the score is => 80, then the Grade is B; if the score is =>90, then Grade is A.

## Find the Color Name

First, for this task we need to take a look at the color options in ZeeMaps. All ZeeMaps users have access to 32 colors and users on our Enterprise plan have access to the extended color palette of 72 colors.

### Color Name for Excel IF Function

For our IF Function, we will need to assign different color values based on values in a given column of our spreadsheet. These colors could represent any number of variables, such as number of dealers, grades, etc. For this purpose, note the** Color Name** in the color list. Use this as the color value in your expression.

## How to write the Excel IF Function

Generally, the syntax for the Excel IFS function is:*=IFS([Something is True1, Value if True1,Something is True2,Value if True2,Something is True3,Value if True3)*

The Excel IF Function allows you to test up to 127 different conditions.

Note that the conditions need to be entered in the correct order, and can be very difficult to build, test and update if you have entered a large number of conditions.

**The Expressio**n – Excel IF Function

We entered the following Excel IF Function expression for our example below. Since our spreadsheet **column B** contains the number of dealers, we’ll enter an IF Function expression in **cell C2** as follows:

=IFS(B2 <= 5, “Green”, B2 <= 10, “Light Yellow”, B2 <= 15, “Yellow”, B2 <= 20, “Red”)

Then, we copy the formula to the rest of the column C and voila, we have colors for each of the zip codes! **You can find our example spreadsheet at the end of this tutorial**

## A look at our IF Function Map

For more info on IF Function Excel visit Microsoft’s detailed instructions for some helpful tips.

### Example Data Download

Click the download button below to view our example data excel spreadsheet

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