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Hi Tom

Could you help me with this issue?

I have written a formula which works well apart from one thing.  If the reference cell in worksheet “Sheet2rng” is blank, the formula will return a “0”.  If the reference cell in worksheet, “Sheet2rng” is blank I would like the formula to return a blank.  Is this possible?

=IFERROR(INDEX(Sheet2rng, MATCH($C16,sheet2rows,0), MATCH(O$14,sheet2columns,0)),"")

Thanks in advance.

Chris Mitchell

Christopher Mitchell,

It is possible but you would need to do something like this.  

=IFERROR(if(INDEX(Sheet2rng, MATCH($C16,sheet2rows,0), MATCH(O$14,sheet2columns,0))="","",INDEX(Sheet2rng, MATCH($C16,sheet2rows,0), MATCH(O$14,sheet2columns,0)),"")

So execute the main part of your formula and see if it returns a "", if so, then show "", else reexecute the main part to return the value.  then next all that inside your IFERROR formula to suppress errors.

If zero is not a legitimate return value (a normal value being returned would never be zero), then you can suppress the display of zeros on your sheet using options in the ribbon.

from help:

Display or hide all zero values on a worksheet
Click the Microsoft Office Button (excel 2007, file menu in excel 2010), click Excel Options, and then click the Advanced category.
Under Display options for this worksheet, select a worksheet, and then do one of the following:
To display zero (0) values in cells, select the Show a zero in cells that have zero value check box.

To display zero values as blank cells, clear the Show a zero in cells that have zero value check box.

Tom Ogilvy

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