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Geoffrey wrote at 2008-01-02 07:51:23
Also, there is a way to make all the ugly #N/A cells in your spreadsheet look like blank cells again.  You can simply use conditional formatting.

For example: let's say that a whole column of cells is supposed to contain numbers.  However, some of the cells have ugly #N/As in them.  

Step 1: Use normal cell formatting to format the whole column.  Just change the font color to be the same as the background color (in most cases, just make the font white.)

Step 2: Use conditional formatting to format the whole column.  In this case, we want numbers to show up.  Make a conditional formatting rule where any cells that are, say, between -1000000000 and 1000000000 become formatted.  The formatting will be very simple: make the font black again.  That way, all the #N/As will be hidden and the numbers will show up properly.

jaytbaker wrote at 2009-11-17 15:11:27
something to remember, however, having #n/a in a cell does eiminate a point but if you have a line connecting the points, it will span the gap and connect the outside points directly.  This is usually undesirable, and cannot be eliminated without extra steps.

Carl Rogers wrote at 2013-02-19 05:36:49
If you believe that the chart will not drop to zero if the formula generates  #N/A then that's incorrect. The chart still drops to zero.

Thyshine wrote at 2014-11-22 10:10:51
Another answer is that (many people suffer):

Change graphic type for only your cumulative line. Select the line and go "change graphic type" and be sure not to selected "stacked line" or the others. you must select only "line" type. if you ve selected "stacked line" the line will drop zero (or x axis). there will be no chance to change it with zero,blank or #N/A.


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