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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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Re: Excel and the AVERAGE function

Here is one way:

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


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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