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Posted on 2014-01-29

Hello,

Is there a way to perform numerical functions in Excel (2013) when text values are included*and* avoid the "#VALUE!" alert? I generally try to write formulas so that a backtick "`" appears when no result is obtained. It's small and unobtrusive and perfect, imo, as a reminder that a formula is in that cell. However, in many cases I end up with a bunch of big "#VALUE!" alerts which I wish could be replaced by something more subtle.

As an example, I have attached a spreadsheet from which the below screenshot is taken.*By the way, ***my question has nothing whatsoever to do with the displayed formula** (which is for breaking down a number into its single digits regardless of how many digits the number contains) **but rather, how to avoid the "#VALUE!" alerts.**

In the first two examples, the block of cells with borders contains the same formula. In each case, the formula is shown for the cell shaded orange. In Example #3, the block was filled manually because a formula which will provide those results is what I'm after.

In all three examples, Column J contains a =Sum() formula which is shown in blue.

The =SUM() function works fine if the defined range includes text values*and* I can always change text numbers to numerical numbers by enclosing the result in a =VALUE() function. However, trying to combine the two processes is like mixing oil & water — *they do not cohabitate serenely.* :P

Thanks

2014-01-29-EE.xlsx

Is there a way to perform numerical functions in Excel (2013) when text values are included

As an example, I have attached a spreadsheet from which the below screenshot is taken.

In the first two examples, the block of cells with borders contains the same formula. In each case, the formula is shown for the cell shaded orange. In Example #3, the block was filled manually because a formula which will provide those results is what I'm after.

In all three examples, Column J contains a =Sum() formula which is shown in blue.

The =SUM() function works fine if the defined range includes text values

Thanks

2014-01-29-EE.xlsx

5 Comments

=SUM($E14:$H14) returns #VALUE! error value if one of the cells contains #VALUE!

=AGGREGATE(9,6,$E14:$H14) returns the sum while ignoring any error values

Also, for returning the sum of the digits, you might consider a formula like:

=SUM(--MID(TEXT(A1,"000000

This formula works for numbers up to six digits in length.

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/excel-help/hide-error-values-and-error-indicators-in-cells-HP010342572.aspx#_Toc249865016

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