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Excel fill down showing zero (prefer a blank)

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Hi,

This should be easy!

I have sheetA and sheetB - with peoples names in sheetA - column A.

In sheetB I have set cell A1 to cell A100 as follows :    =sheetA!A1  (and A2 etc).

This works fine except that if , for example, SheetA!A8 is blank then this is presented in SheetB!A8 as a zero....

In other words when I copy a blank cell - this results in a ZERO being displayed.
These are NOT numeric fields and I need a blank displayed NOT ZERO.

Help!
Thanks.
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Question by:Patrick O'Dea
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Steven Harris earned 250 total points
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Try using an IF statement to filter out blank results:

=IF(SheetA!A1<>"", SheetA!A1, "")

If SheetA!A1 is not blank, then show the value.  If it is blank, return an empty string.
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you can aslo hide zeros for the entire workbook which is sometimes more convenient than having to change a zillion formulas. If it is only the one you mention then it is no sweat but if you deal with large worksheets that have plenty of fields that return zero you can do this:

Click on the Office button on top left of the workbook
choose Excel Options
Click Advanced on the left pane
Then locate the section Display Option for this worksheet and it will show you the worksheet you are in and you have an option that say
Show Zero in Cell that have a zero value
make sure it is 'Unticked'
close excel and here you go.

gowflow
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by:Patrick O'Dea
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Thanks folks,

Useful tips but I may end up with a more "manual" fix..
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