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How do I get the retrieved value changed automatically to either a plus or a minus in Excel 2007?

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I have this formula for retrieving a value:

=Index(Travbanor!A6:A100;Match(C1;Travbanor!B6:B100;0))

The retrieve value might be a minus value, a 0 or a plus value. If a minus value or a plus value the minus/plus should be reverted to the opposite, if a zero nothing should happen.
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by:ProfessorJimJam
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use this

=(Index(Travbanor!A6:A100;Match(C1;Travbanor!B6:B100;0)))*-1
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by:hermesalpha
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I use a vlookup function instead, so I wonder in which position I should place your *-1 in this formula?:

=IFERROR(VLOOKUP(C12;Travbanor!B6:L100;11;FALSE);"")
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by:hermesalpha
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Also, can I have the zero written out if a zero is found?
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by:ProfessorJimJam
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wrap the entire formula inside to parenthesis and then multiply by minus one -1

like this =(IFERROR(VLOOKUP(C12;Travbanor!B6:L100;11;FALSE);""))*-1
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by:Rob Henson
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I would say the *-1 has to be within the VLOOKUP or you risk multiplying "" by -1.

=(IFERROR(VLOOKUP(C12;Travbanor!B6:L100;11;FALSE)*-1;""))

Or put the minus in front of the VLOOKUP:

=IFERROR(-VLOOKUP(C12;Travbanor!B6:L100;11;FALSE);"")

Minusing a negative number gives positive, and vice versa. Minus 0 is still zero.
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by:hermesalpha
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Thanks, that worked when I put the *-1 within the VLOOKUP.

Is there any way to format this cell only so it always displays a zero?
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by:Rob Henson
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To display 0 no matter the actual value is possible with custom format:

"0";"0";"0";"0"

But why would you want to do that?
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by:hermesalpha
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I mean, if there is no minus value and no plus value to retrieve but there is a "0" (not empty cell, but "0" is written in it), then I want this value also to be retrieved (not only minus or plus value to be retrieved).
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by:Rob Henson
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If the VLOOKUP result is zero or blank then the result of the formula will be zero. The IFERROR part of above formula will put blank when the lookup value is not found. If you want zero in that instance change the "" at the end to 0
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by:hermesalpha
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I tried now adding a "0" at the end (where the "" where). But nothing is displayed in the cell when the value to retrieve is "0".
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by:Rob Henson
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Can you copy your actual formula here to look at?
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by:hermesalpha
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This is my current formula:

=(IFERROR(VLOOKUP(C12;Travbanor!B6:L100;11;FALSE)*-1;0))

I don't want to turn on global displaying of zeros as I'm not sure the zeros should be displayed everywhere. Is there any way to format a single cell to display zeros?
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by:Rob Henson
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If you put the 0 in quotes it will be text so will still show even with global hiding of zeros.
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by:hermesalpha
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I tried now, but same as before, no zero is displayed:

=(IFERROR(VLOOKUP(C12;Travbanor!B6:L100;11;FALSE)*-1;"0"))

But what if I delete the "IFERROR"?
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Rob Henson earned 1660 total points
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The IFERROR covers the scenario when value in C12 is not found in range Travbanor!B6:B100 (first column of lookup range). Without the IFERROR you will get #N/A error.

If the value in C12 is found and the result from column 11 is blank or zero then the result will be zero which will be hidden by the suppression of zeros. If you still want these zeros to show then you will have to allow for it in the formula:

=IFERROR(IF(VLOOKUP(C12;Travbanor!B6:L100;11;FALSE)=0;"0";VLOOKUP(C12;Travbanor!B6:L100;11;FALSE));"0")

This says if the result of the lookup is zero put "0" otherwise put the result; if the result is an error then put "0".
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by:hermesalpha
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It almost worked now, zero is dislayed when it should. But I need to put the *-1 somewhere to have the minus/plus switched.
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by:hermesalpha
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This worked, now I get the minus/plus switched also:

=IFERROR(IF(VLOOKUP(C12;Travbanor!B6:L100;11;FALSE)*-1=0;"0";VLOOKUP(C12;Travbanor!B6:L100;11;FALSE))*-1;"0")
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by:hermesalpha
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No, my second change adding the *-1 in two places did not work, because I do not get the zero displayed then.
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by:hermesalpha
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This worked, now I get zero displayed and also switched minus/plus:

=IFERROR(IF(VLOOKUP(C12;Travbanor!B6:L100;11;FALSE)=0;"0";VLOOKUP(C12;Travbanor!B6:L100;11;FALSE)*-1);"0")
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by:hermesalpha
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Thanks for the solution, works fine now.
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