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hi again (!) Stuart!

to describe the problem.... I successfully found how to count colored cells by Googling the matter. The Google writer provided the VBA code.

My question can be best understood if I can send you an attachment, so your email address is needed.

A typical formula given is =colorfunction($A7,$D7:$G12,FALSE).
I applied it to the whole range, D7:G12, and I got correct answers for all the 5 colors I used.

Here's the problem: While toying around with the formulas, before I knew what was happening...EVERY SINGLE COUNT DISAPPEARED AND IN ITS PLACE I SAW "#NAME?" IN EVERY CELL WHERE A MOMENT EARLIER THERE WERE THE CORRECT NUMBERS!

To make things worse, I could not undo!

I hope you can help.



Please email randomstu at gmail dot com. Attach the file itself. In the body of the email, reference specific sheet and cell(s) that illustrate the problem, and very clearly explain (using those specific cells as an example) what the correct values should be.
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Stuart Resnick


I can answer questions relating to MS Excel formulas, or to programming with vba (Visual Basic for Applications) in the Excel environment. Please follow the following guidelines: your question should focus on one specific issue you want to learn. It's beyond the scope of this free service for me to create entire projects or complex vba solutions for you from scratch. You should be able to do most of the work yourself, and come here when you need help with a specific point you're stuck on. ALWAYS include a simple, concrete example illustrating what you want to learn. Explain this example in detail in the text of your question (what data is in which cells of which sheets, etc). Be very precise about the results you want, using this sample to make the logic clear. Always keep these examples SIMPLE. Never e.g. use 18 worksheets in your example if using 2 or 3 will do. Never use ranges like AI567:BB865 if using a range like A1:B3 will do. Thanks.


As a consultant, I've designed Excel tools since the 90s, working for the Federal Reserve Bank, AT&T, and (currently) Gap Inc.

My only "education" comes from 2 decades of doing spreadsheet/programming work, with major SF Bay Area corporations such as AT&T, Federal Reserve Bank, and Gap Inc.

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