Excel/formula syntax


Hi Tom

The following formula looks up a series of comments and places them into a report.  It is placed in cell A2.  The formula works well as long as there is an entry in all of the referenced cells.  For example if there is a comment in cells M, N, O and P, then four comments will appear in cell A2.  

If, however, There are only comments in cells M, N and O, no comments will appear in cell A2, only an error message (#N/A)

Could you alter the formula so that a comment appears even if two of the referenced cells are empty?

Thanks in advance


=VLOOKUP(INDIRECT("M" & inpRow),comments,4,FALSE)&CHAR(10)&CHAR(10)&VLOOKUP(INDIRECT("N" & inpRow),comments,4,FALSE)&CHAR(10)&CHAR(10)&VLOOKUP(INDIRECT("O" & inpRow),comments,4,FALSE)&CHAR(10)&CHAR(10)&VLOOKUP(INDIRECT("P" & inpRow),comments,4,FALSE)&CHAR(10)&CHAR(10)&INDIRECT("X" & inpRow)


I have enclosed each VLOOKUP with Iferror(vlookup statement,"")

=iferror(VLOOKUP(INDIRECT("M" & inpRow),comments,4,FALSE),"")&CHAR(10)&CHAR(10)&iferror(VLOOKUP(INDIRECT("N" & inpRow),comments,4,FALSE),"")&CHAR(10)&CHAR(10)&iferror(VLOOKUP(INDIRECT("O" & inpRow),comments,4,FALSE),"")&CHAR(10)&CHAR(10)&Iferror(VLOOKUP(INDIRECT("P" & inpRow),comments,4,FALSE),"")&CHAR(10)&CHAR(10)&INDIRECT("X" & inpRow)

Adjust to fit your appearance concerns in terms of the &CHAR(10)&CHAR(10)

Also, since you are using named ranged, I could not test it so there could be a typo in my additions.

Tom Ogilvy  
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