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Using an array formula in Excel 2007

Posted on 2011-03-25
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I'm now using Excel 2007 and when I try to use the accepted solution above (sent to me when I was using Excel 2003), pressing Ctrl+Shift+Enter, nothing happens.  I've checked the formula I entered several times and there's no error (the new formula I tried in Excel 2007 references different cells and arrays).  Could there be a different way to 'activate' the array formula now?  The original answer to my question was:

You could use this formula in C5 copied down

=IF(A5="","",IF(A5=MIN(IF(B$5:B$100=B5,A$5:A$100)),A5,""))

This is an array formula which needs to be confirmed with CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER
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Ingeborg Hawighorst earned 125 total points
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Hello,

check the format of the cell. It might be set to Text. Set it to General, then hit F2 and hit Ctrl-Shift-Enter again.

Also check that you don't have a leading space in front of the = sign.

cheers, teylyn
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by:pwflexner
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Hi Teylyn,

Thanks for the suggestions.  The cell format is General.  I tried pressing F2 and then hitting Ctrl-Shift-Enter (both simultaneously and one after the other).  There's no space in front of the = sign but there is a { at the beginning and a } at the end of the formula.  I tried it with them in place and also removing them, but still no joy...

I'll keep experimenting.

Peter

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Based on your suggestion to check that there was nothing in front of the = sign, I removed the {} at the beginning and end, and tried again.  Eventually it worked.  Thanks for your help.
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by:barry houdini
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Pressing F2 just selects the formula. You should do that first and then you do CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER afterwards. To do that you hold down CTRL and SHIFT keys and at the same time press ENTER. The curly braces { and } should appear automatically after you do that - did they appear automatically (you can't add them yourself)? If so what result do you get, is it not working?

regards, barry
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