Dividing by the Sum of Multiple Cells

Matthew_B
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I am trying to add five cells together and then divide the sum by another cell. Why does the formula below not work? What should I be doing differently?
= SUM(A4:E4)/B7
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Top Expert 2010

Commented:
The formula is fine.  Please explain what you mean by "not working".
Top Expert 2016

Commented:
Hi,

Your formula is perfectly sound

What is your error?

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Top Expert 2010

Commented:
Make sure all of your cells have true numeric values in them.  Also, if B7 = 0, well, division by zero is undefined :)
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EirmanChief Operations Manager

Commented:
This is always a useful visual guide ....
When you click on your formula in the formula bar, the different parts of the formula will change colour. These colours should match up with the relevant cells below.
Have a look at Blue & GreenBlue & Green

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Commented:
For some reason it kept coming up zero. I built a work around but I don't know why it kept giving zero.
EirmanChief Operations Manager

Commented:
I don't know why it kept giving zero.
Very strange. Post the sheet here if you like. As you can see I reproduced the sheet and I get 13 in A3

If you ever run into this type of problem, break the formula into chunks ....
e.g. What happens if you enter = SUM(A4:E4) into F4
John EastonDirector

Commented:
I agree that it would be easier to troubleshoot if you could post your spreadsheet.  But one obvious issue comes to mind that I have seen before.

Check the cell formating in Excel.  If it is general or numeric it should work fine.  However if the cells in A4 - E4 are marked as Text then Excel will always return 0.  You may find after changing from text format to general you will need to re-type the numbers for the format to apply.

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I've requested that this question be deleted for the following reason:

Problem solved myself.
EirmanChief Operations Manager

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Matthew_B.

Please explain how you resolved your problem, and why none of the information posted here was helpful to you.
Problem solved myself. When I typed everything over again I noticed that I did not have a space between the cell identifier and the division character. I didn't think that something like this would matter but the minute I added the space everything started to work. Thanks for the help anyway.

= SUM(A4:E4) / B7
EirmanChief Operations Manager

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That's fine Mathew.

Many formulas will work with extra spaces, but you definitely do not need any spaces.
The re-typing must have fixed it. (Perhaps you used a backslash instead of a forward slash).

I guarantee you that your formula will still work if you delete the added spaces.

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Common sense

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