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

Posted on 2013-05-29
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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.
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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
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You cannot. Formula means that there is something in the cell and it cannot be the same as a clearcontent.
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I just want to be able to use the End DownArrow functionality to get to the next populated cell.
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by:Norie
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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?
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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
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What you are trying to do cannot be done without the help of VBA
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Can't be done.
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