troubleshooting Question

Simplest way to change what is displayed when an Excel formula results in an error

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Hello,

I seem to remember a simple and shorter way to define results when adding the Excel ISERROR() function to the beginning of a formula.

Can someone tell me if that's true, and if so, remind me what it is?

At the time this issue came to mind, I was using the following formula in a setting in which I knew that many of the cells would have errors (ie the presence of the errors is not the problem):

=VLOOKUP(VALUE(TRIM(SUBSTITUTE(S17,"G",""))),Table,2,0)
However, the error cells currently display #N/A and my desire is simply to display a more subtle indicator for error, namely, a backtick (`) (instead of the #N/A).

I came up with the following solution, and it does the trick (ie displays ` rather than #N/A in cells with errors) but its a bulkier and more cumbersome formula than what I remember:
=IF(ISERROR(
VLOOKUP(VALUE(TRIM(SUBSTITUTE(S17,"G",""))),Table,2,0)),"`",
VLOOKUP(VALUE(TRIM(SUBSTITUTE(S17,"G",""))),Table,2,0))
Is there a way to simplify that?

Thanks
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Wayne Taylor (webtubbs)

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