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I have prepared a census worksheet which contains formulas that refer to other cells.  From time to time, users tell me something is wrong with the worksheet because "####" appears in the cell where the formula result should be.  I have discovered that somehow they have entered a space in the cell that the formula refers to.  Once I delete the space, the formula returns the correct answer.

Is there a way to write a formula so that it it treats a cell that contains a space in it as if it does not exist?

I have attached an example..  in Cell T13 of the "DEC" worksheet, I entered a space.
I would like to prevent users from entering spaces in columns Q thru Y, or else adjust formulas so that spaces are not recognized.
Monthly-2014.xls
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The best way to do that is to use SUM(cell1, cell2, cell3, sum4)  rather than cell1+cell2+cell3+cell4

SUM Treats textual cells as 0
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I will use the solution!  Thanks for the quick response.
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