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# Excel and the AVERAGE function

How do I tell excel to average a column of numbers AND ignore any zero values?

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• potsandpans Dec 30, 2007

At first I thought that this solution would work only if SUMMING up numbers and not AVERAGE. I tried average but it didn't work. I then typed the formula exactly as posted (substituting my range) and it worked like a charm. THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!!!

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Here is one way:

In this example, my numbers are in cells a1 through a4. My average is computed with the formula:

=SUM(A1:A4)/COUNTIF(A1:A4,"<>0")

I'm summing the range of numbers and dividing that by the count of nonzero numbers. With this formula, you'll get an error if there are no nonzero numbers.

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