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# Strange Excel Worksheet Function

I have been given a very large Excel workbook with complicated and nested worksheet functions.

Supposedly, there is an error in the workbook when a particular set of variables are entered. At this point I am just trying to understand what is going on in this workbook when I noticed the following worksheet function.

Is this a legitimate function?

=IFERROR(LEFT(IF(G3,$G3&"

Supposedly, there is an error in the workbook when a particular set of variables are entered. At this point I am just trying to understand what is going on in this workbook when I noticed the following worksheet function.

Is this a legitimate function?

=IFERROR(LEFT(IF(G3,$G3&"

Definitely not as posted.

It won't even enter as a formula - only as a text string.

For further assistance, the easiest option would be to post the workbook, or a sample thereof.

Alan

It won't even enter as a formula - only as a text string.

For further assistance, the easiest option would be to post the workbook, or a sample thereof.

Alan

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Thanks for the confirmation. Oddly, the cells with this formula actually update when other cells are updated, but that is not my concern right now. Two of you both confirmed it is not a legitimate function.

I am going to post another question about this workbook in a few minutes.

I am going to post another question about this workbook in a few minutes.

It needs to look something like this, I think. I have taken this from a working sheet.

=LEFT(E84&F84,4)

It is taking the first 4 characters of a text string for the cell where the formula resides

=LEFT(E84&F84,4)

It is taking the first 4 characters of a text string for the cell where the formula resides

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LOL - Good catch Saqib Husain, Syed!

Alan.

Alan.

The syntax of function is not proper and I can't figure out what was author trying to get. If there is no dependencies on this cell it might be user was testing something or doing trials error..