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.
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Saqib Husain, SyedEngineerCommented:
...but to no avail

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


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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..

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

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.

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

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

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