in Excel, how can I assign NULL to a cell without using VBA?

Posted on 2013-05-29
Last Modified: 2013-05-29
My formula is:
=if(A1="Joe","It's him!","")

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If A1 is not Joe, I want the cell to contain nothing at all, null, as if I did a clear contents on it.

How can I do that WITHOUT using VBA?  I just want to do it in the formula.
Question by:cashonly
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Norie earned 500 total points
ID: 39205130
You can't do it with a formula.

Is the cell not being empty causing problems elsewhere?
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by:Saqib Husain, Syed
ID: 39205133
You cannot. Formula means that there is something in the cell and it cannot be the same as a clearcontent.

Author Comment

ID: 39205142
I just want to be able to use the End DownArrow functionality to get to the next populated cell.
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ID: 39205152
A cell with a formula is populated.

Have you copied the formula down to far, past the data?

Is there an adjacent column you could find the end of and then move across?

Author Comment

ID: 39205160
I've copied the formula down a column, not past the data.  I'm just using the fact that the cell has a value in it to indicate something to me and I would like to go to each subsequent instance of a cell without data.  I know I could use a filter to show only the cells with the text in them, but I want to be able to see the rows inbetween.
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by:Saqib Husain, Syed
ID: 39206005
What you are trying to do cannot be done without the help of VBA

Author Closing Comment

ID: 39206371
Can't be done.

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