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How to check if the value of your formula is correct?

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Set up the correct formula on paper and follow it. Use parentheses to avoid ambiguities.

May 18, 2012 | Sharp EL-520WBBK Calculator

Correct a #N/A error
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This error occurs when a value is not available to a function or formula.

- Optionally, click the cell that displays the error, click the button that appears , and then click
**Show Calculation Steps**if it appears. - Review the following possible causes and solutions.
Missing data, and #N/A or NA() has been entered in its place

Replace #N/A with new data.

**Note**You can enter**#N/A**in those cells where data is not yet available. Formulas that refer to those cells will then return #N/A instead of attempting to calculate a value.

Giving an inappropriate value for the lookup_value argument in the HLOOKUP, LOOKUP, MATCH, or VLOOKUP worksheet function

Make sure that the lookup_value argument (argument: The values that a function uses to perform operations or calculations. The type of argument a function uses is specific to the function. Common arguments that are used within functions include numbers, text, cell references, and names.) is the correct type of value — for example, a value or a cell reference, but not a range reference. Using the VLOOKUP, HLOOKUP, or MATCH worksheet function to locate a value in an unsorted table

By default, functions that look up information in tables must be sorted in ascending order. However, the VLOOKUP and HLOOKUP worksheet functions contain a range_lookup argument (argument: The values that a function uses to perform operations or calculations. The type of argument a function uses is specific to the function. Common arguments that are used within functions include numbers, text, cell references, and names.) that instructs the function to find an exact match even if the table is not sorted. To find an exact match, set the range_lookup argument to FALSE. The MATCH worksheet function contains a match_type argument that specifies the order the list must be sorted in to find a match. If the function cannot find a match, try changing the match_type argument. To find an exact match, set the match_type argument to 0.

Using an argument in an array formula that is not the same number of rows or columns as the range that contains the array formula

If the array formula (array formula: A formula that performs multiple calculations on one or more sets of values, and then returns either a single result or multiple results. Array formulas are enclosed between braces { } and are entered by pressing CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER.) has been entered into multiple cells, make sure that the ranges referenced by the formula have the same number of rows and columns, or enter the array formula into fewer cells. For example, if the array formula has been entered into a range 15 rows high (C1:C15) and the formula refers to a range 10 rows high (A1:A10), the range C11:C15 will display #N/A. To correct this error, enter the formula into a smaller range (for example, C1:C10), or change the range to which the formula refers to the same number of rows (for example, A1:A15).

Omitting one or more required arguments from a built-in or custom worksheet function

Enter all arguments (argument: The values that a function uses to perform operations or calculations. The type of argument a function uses is specific to the function. Common arguments that are used within functions include numbers, text, cell references, and names.) in the function.

Using a custom worksheet function that is not available

Make sure that the workbook that contains the worksheet function is open and the function is working properly.

Running a macro that enters a function that returns #N/A

Make sure that the arguments (argument: The values that a function uses to perform operations or calculations. The type of argument a function uses is specific to the function. Common arguments that are used within functions include numbers, text, cell references, and names.) in the function are correct and in the correct position.

Oct 31, 2008 | Computers & Internet

Once you have copy the cell from where the formula cam from, on the destination cell,

go to

1. Edit

2. Paste Special

3. Formula.

4. Press Enter

This should resolve your problem. Regards.

go to

1. Edit

2. Paste Special

3. Formula.

4. Press Enter

This should resolve your problem. Regards.

Aug 11, 2010 | Microsoft Office Excel 2003 for PC

Make sure, when you entr a formula that you hit the ENTER key instead of just moving to tyour next cell. To have all numbers added or moved, use the"Special" application, or change the value. Such as -if you are working in text mode and you enter numbers, they are only numbers in text mode. They don't have a value. Correct the cells to reflect numbers. Right click, format cell - select what you want.

Nov 05, 2009 | Microsoft Office Excel 2003 for PC

Try this. If any of the cells are zero (or blank), the word 'zero' will be displayed. Substitute anything you want for the text including blank ""

=IF(OR(F61=0,J61=0,N61=0),"zero",AVERAGE(F61,J61,N61))

=IF(OR(F61=0,J61=0,N61=0),"zero",AVERAGE(F61,J61,N61))

Aug 26, 2009 | Microsoft Office Excel 2007

#VALUE? is an error indication meaning that Excel can't process the formula. It is most likely the result of a bad cell reference in your formula, for example, you may be trying to perform mathematical operations on a cell that contains non-numeric text data.

Jul 21, 2009 | Microsoft Office Excel 2007

what is the formula

May 19, 2009 | Microsoft Excel for PC

Clicking cancel will invalidate the formulae, circular references refer to the dependant and precedent cells using each other.

Track/ Audit depending on your Excel version to show which formulae is incorrect - or options view, tick show formaulae and remove them.

Track/ Audit depending on your Excel version to show which formulae is incorrect - or options view, tick show formaulae and remove them.

Nov 20, 2008 | Microsoft Excel for PC

Nope, sorry, although I am truly an expert at Excel formulas, I do not understand what you are trying to end up with in the final cell. We can compare a specified field with two spreadsheets - use named ranges and index/match lookup formulas. But then where you really lose me is in reading "a generic field" to find a match, and then placing what "data from another field" into what "other sheet" - ? See the confusion?

Best way to compare 2 given parameters would be to use a nested if formula, with index/match combo. Here is a simple Excel example of how such a formula could be structured:

Sample Data (columnar arangement):

A1: Part B1: Code C1: Price D1: Find Part E1: Find Code

A2: x B2: 11 C2: 5.00 D2: y E2: 12

A3: x B3: 12 C3: 6.00 D3: y E3: 11

A4: y B4: 11 C4: 7.00 D4: x E4: 12

A5: y B5: 12 C5: 8.00 D5: x E5: 11

To retrieve the price for part y with code 12 and return the value to cell F2, type the following formula in cell F2:

=INDEX($C$2:$C$5,MATCH(D2,IF($B$2:$B$5=E2,$A$2:$A$5),0))

Press CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER to enter the formula as an array formula. The formula returns the value 8.00.

To take this one step further, with range names, this example will find one value at a specified location which matches a specific row header value and column header value. Let's say the range is home values (Range=HomeVal), Column A of HomeVal contains street addresses,"row headers" (Range=StAddress), and Row 1 contains dates of the various values that are in the body of the table, "column headers" (Range=Dates). To return the specific value from the range HomeVal to another sheet, where A1=address specified and A2=date specified:

=INDEX(HomeVal,(MATCH($A$1,StAddress,0)),(MATCH($A$2,Dates,0)))

Then make sure to press CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER to enter the formula as an array formula - if you only hit enter, these types of formulas will not work properly.

Please post back if you need further help, with more details, otherwise thank you for using and rating FixYa!

Best way to compare 2 given parameters would be to use a nested if formula, with index/match combo. Here is a simple Excel example of how such a formula could be structured:

Sample Data (columnar arangement):

A1: Part B1: Code C1: Price D1: Find Part E1: Find Code

A2: x B2: 11 C2: 5.00 D2: y E2: 12

A3: x B3: 12 C3: 6.00 D3: y E3: 11

A4: y B4: 11 C4: 7.00 D4: x E4: 12

A5: y B5: 12 C5: 8.00 D5: x E5: 11

To retrieve the price for part y with code 12 and return the value to cell F2, type the following formula in cell F2:

=INDEX($C$2:$C$5,MATCH(D2,IF($B$2:$B$5=E2,$A$2:$A$5),0))

Press CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER to enter the formula as an array formula. The formula returns the value 8.00.

To take this one step further, with range names, this example will find one value at a specified location which matches a specific row header value and column header value. Let's say the range is home values (Range=HomeVal), Column A of HomeVal contains street addresses,"row headers" (Range=StAddress), and Row 1 contains dates of the various values that are in the body of the table, "column headers" (Range=Dates). To return the specific value from the range HomeVal to another sheet, where A1=address specified and A2=date specified:

=INDEX(HomeVal,(MATCH($A$1,StAddress,0)),(MATCH($A$2,Dates,0)))

Then make sure to press CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER to enter the formula as an array formula - if you only hit enter, these types of formulas will not work properly.

Please post back if you need further help, with more details, otherwise thank you for using and rating FixYa!

Jul 08, 2008 | Microsoft Computers & Internet

Suggest you do some debugging in steps:

1. Open the 'bills up to 022908.xls'

2. Use an empty cell to "=CONCATENATE(D3,L3)". That way you can see what values are being generated.

3. Copy the values of that cell and see if you can find them in Col G of 'bills up to 022908.xls'.

Once its broken down into pieces you can usually see "the error of your ways."

Hope this helps.

1. Open the 'bills up to 022908.xls'

2. Use an empty cell to "=CONCATENATE(D3,L3)". That way you can see what values are being generated.

3. Copy the values of that cell and see if you can find them in Col G of 'bills up to 022908.xls'.

Once its broken down into pieces you can usually see "the error of your ways."

Hope this helps.

Mar 09, 2008 | Microsoft Excel for PC

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