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Hello sir, hope you can help. I have the following formula in excel and it works except for one small detail. I only want it to bring back information if the cell has a name. Currently the cells come back with a name or blank if cell is 0. I would like it to only bring back if cell has a name. the formula is an array.
{=IF(SMALL(IF($P$5:$P$12>1,IF(LEN($C$5:$C$12)>0,ROW($P$5:$P$12),9999),9999),ROW()-2)=9999,"",INDEX(C:C,SMALL(IF($P$5:$P$12>1,IF(LEN($C$5:$C$12)>0,ROW($P$5:$P$12),9999),9999),ROW()-2),1))}. This currently brings back names and blanks. If I have a blank cell in the middle or anywhere else as far as that goes I want to skip and continue getting names only.
Thank you for looking.


enter as an array formula
then drag fill down until you start getting errors.

If you are using Excel 2007 or later you can use

Also array entered.  Then drag fill down the column

The row(A1) produces a 1 as the second argument to SMALL.  I assume your formula is entered in row 3 and row()-2 produces a 1 but using row($A1) makes this work regardless of what cell you start in.

That worked for me as I understand the requirement.

Tom Ogilvy

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