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IFNA function: Description, Usage, Syntax, Examples and Explanation

What is IFNA function in Excel?

IFNA function is one of the Logical functions in Microsoft Excel that returns the value you specify if the formula returns the #N/A error value; otherwise returns the result of the formula.

Syntax of IFNA function

IFNA(value, value_if_na)

The IFNA function syntax has the following arguments.

  • Value    Required. The argument that is checked for the #N/A error value.
  • Value_if_na    Required. The value to return if the formula evaluates to the #N/A error value.

IFNA formula explanation

  • If Value or Value_if_na is an empty cell, IFNA treats it as an empty string value (“”).
  • If Value is an array formula, IFNA returns an array of results for each cell in the range specified in value.

Example of IFNA function

Steps to follow:

1. Open a new Excel worksheet.

2. Copy data in the following table below and paste it in cell A1

Note: For formulas to show results, select them, press F2 key on your keyboard and then press Enter.

You can adjust the column widths to see all the data, if need be.

Formula Description Result
=IFNA(VLOOKUP(“Seattle”,$A$5:$B$10,0),”Not found”) IFNA tests the result of the VLOOKUP function. Because Seattle is not found in the lookup range, VLOOKUP returns the #N/A error value. IFNA returns the string “Not found” in the cell instead of the standard #N/A error value. Not found
Region ID City
Atlanta 105
Portland 142
Chicago 175
Los Angeles 251
Boise 266
Cleveland 275

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