# Excel/iferror issue

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Hi Tom

I place the following formula into a blank cell and press enter.  If there is data to be returned the formula will return it.  If there is no data to be returned, the formula will return nothing; leaving the destination cell blank.  I there is no data to be returned, I would like the formula to return “no figures”

If there is no data to be returned the formula does not return an error so I cannot use the “iferror” condition.

Could explain how I can get the formula to return “no figures” in the event that there is no data to be returned?

=IF(AND(L2=7,L1="Aut 1"),VLOOKUP(F2,year7progress,7,FALSE),IF(AND(L2=7,L1="Aut 2"),VLOOKUP(F2,year7progress,17,FALSE),IF(AND(L2=7,L1="Spr 1"),VLOOKUP(F2,year7progress,27,FALSE),IF(AND(L2=7,L1="Spr 2"),VLOOKUP(F2,year7progress,37,FALSE),IF(AND(L2=7,L1="Sum 1"),VLOOKUP(F2,year7progress,47,FALSE),IF(AND(L2=7,L1="Sum 2"),VLOOKUP(F2,year7progress,57,FALSE), IF(AND(L2=8,L1="Aut 1"),VLOOKUP(F2,year8progress,7,FALSE),IF(AND(L2=8,L1="Aut 2"),VLOOKUP(F2,year8progress,17,FALSE),IF(AND(L2=8,L1="Spr 1"),VLOOKUP(F2,year8progress,27,FALSE),IF(AND(L2=8,L1="Spr 2"),VLOOKUP(F2,year8progress,37,FALSE),IF(AND(L2=8,L1="Sum 1"),VLOOKUP(F2,year8progress,47,FALSE),IF(AND(L2=8,L1="Sum 2"),VLOOKUP(F2,year8progress,57,FALSE),IF(AND(L2=9,L1="Aut 1"),VLOOKUP(F2,year9progress,7,FALSE),IF(AND(L2=9,L1="Aut 2"),VLOOKUP(F2,year9progress,17,FALSE),IF(AND(L2=9,L1="Spr 1"),VLOOKUP(F2,year9progress,27,FALSE),IF(AND(L2=9,L1="Spr 2"),VLOOKUP(F2,year9progress,37,FALSE),IF(AND(L2=9,L1="Sum 1"),VLOOKUP(F2,year9progress,47,FALSE),IF(AND(L2=9,L1="Sum 2"),VLOOKUP(F2,year9progress,57,FALSE),IF(AND(L2=10,L1="Aut 1"),VLOOKUP(F2,year10progress,7,FALSE),IF(AND(L2=10,L1="Aut 2"),VLOOKUP(F2,year10progress,17,FALSE),IF(AND(L2=10,L1="Spr 1"),VLOOKUP(F2,year10progress,27,FALSE),IF(AND(L2=10,L1="Spr 2"),VLOOKUP(F2,year10progress,37,FALSE),IF(AND(L2=10,L1="Sum 1"),VLOOKUP(F2,year10progress,47,FALSE),IF(AND(L2=10,L1="Sum 2"),VLOOKUP(F2,year10progress,57,FALSE),IF(AND(L2=11,L1="Aut 1"),VLOOKUP(F2,year11progress,7,FALSE),IF(AND(L2=11,L1="Aut 2"),VLOOKUP(F2,year11progress,17,FALSE),IF(AND(L2=11,L1="Spr 1"),VLOOKUP(F2,year11progress,27,FALSE),IF(AND(L2=11,L1="Spr 2"),VLOOKUP(F2,year11progress,37,FALSE),IF(AND(L2=11,L1="Sum 1"),VLOOKUP(F2,year11progress,47,FALSE),IF(AND(L2=11,L1="Sum 2"),VLOOKUP(F2,year11progress,57,FALSE)))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))

Chris Mitchell

Christopher Mitchell,

First I am assuming you mean at least one of the Vlookup formula gets invoked and it returns a blank cell because that is what is located at the intersection.  In that situation, vlookup returns a zero.

But you say:

> If there is no data to be returned, the formula will return nothing; leaving the destination cell blank.

So I guess I don't understand the situation.  If you mean it does return a zero because the vlookup does work and the value returned is an empty cell - then it would return a zero - then you can test for that like

=if(currentformula=0,"No Figure",currentformula)

But there is no single function you can add around your formula like IFERROR that will adjust what is returned.  If the cells actually have a space in them and that is what is returned, then you could replace the space in those cells with the string "No Figure" or

if the normal meaningful returned value is a number and the bad returned value is a space, then you could format the cell with a custom number format to display "No Figure" unless a number has been returned.

So I believe we are in the area of workarounds at this point and I would probably need to see the workbook to suggest anything.

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Regards,
Tom Ogilvy

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 Rating(1-10) Knowledgeability = 10 Clarity of Response = 10 Politeness = 10 Comment Your suggestion: 'If the cells actually have a space in them and that is what is returned, then you could replace the space in those cells with the string "No Figure"' proved to be the perfect solution. Brilliant. Thank you. Chris Mitchell

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