Getting a blank in a cell that refers to another cell that is blank but has a formula in it.

I have a cell (say B1) that I want to put some text into, but only when another cell (cell A1) is blank. That cell (A1) has a formula in it (simply it says [='Drop-down data'!$C3], so it is just getting text copied in from cell C3 on another worksheet. If A1 is populated with this text then I want the selected text in the formula I have put into cell B1 to appear, but not otherwise. But I can't seem to do anything. I have tried all the IF(A1="","","text"), and tried ISBLANK, but to no avail.
Thoughts?
BlosMusicAsked:
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Saqib Husain, SyedEngineerCommented:
...but to no avail

What happens when you do this?
Saurabh Singh TeotiaCommented:
Try this formula...

=IF(trim(A1)="","","text")

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Also did you went into formulas-->Calculations option-->Automatic

As if its on Manual then the formulas won't work and calculate..

Saurabh...
gowflowCommented:
Here it is:

Put this in A1
=IF(OR('Drop-down data'!C3=0,'Drop-down data'!C3=""),"",'Drop-down data'!C3)

and this in B1
=IF(A1="","","Text")

and it should work for you. Check the attached file. It was not working in your case as excel in the linked formula translate the blank to zero.
gowflow
formula.xlsx

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BlosMusicAuthor Commented:
Hi both,
No, it's already on Automatic, and also your formula makes no difference. Tried that.
Richard
Saurabh Singh TeotiaCommented:
Richard,

Can you upload your sample file here so that we can look what's really happening here...

Saurabh...
BlosMusicAuthor Commented:
Gowflow - that works!!
Many thanks - and also thanks to all.
BlosMusicAuthor Commented:
Quick, easy, good,
gowflowCommented:
Welcome
gowflow
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