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Basic error trapping example in Excel

To catch errors that a formula might trigger in a worksheet, you can use the IFERROR function to display a custom message, or nothing at all. See example below: Formula =IFERROR(formula,value_if_error) Explanation In the example shown, the formula in E5 is: =IFERROR(C5/D5,””) How this formula works In this example, the IFERROR function is used to trap and suppress the #DIV/0!…

Extract multiple matches into separate columns in Excel

This tutorial shows how to Extract multiple matches into separate columns in Excel using the example below; Explanation To extract multiple matches to separate cells, in separate columns, you can use an array formula based on INDEX and SMALL. In the example shown, the formula in F5 is: {=IFERROR(INDEX(names,SMALL(IF(groups=$E5,ROW(names)-MIN(ROW(names))+1),COLUMNS($E$5:E5))),””)} This is an array formula and must be entered with Control…

Count cells that contain errors in Excel

This tutorial shows how to Count cells that contain errors in Excel using the example below; Formula =SUMPRODUCT(–ISERR(range)) Explanation To count cells that contain errors, you can use the ISERR function, wrapped in the SUMPRODUCT function.  In the example shown, E5 cell contains this formula: =SUMPRODUCT(–ISERROR(B5:B9)) How this formula works SUMPRODUCT accepts one or more arrays, multiplies the arrays together, and returns…

How to create your own Search Box in Excel

This example teaches you how to create your own search box in Excel. You Can Create Your Own Search Box With Formulas To List All Searched Results This is what the spreadsheet looks like. If you enter a search query into cell B2, Excel searches through column E and the results appear in column B. To create this search box, execute the following…

How To Use AGGREGATE function to sum a range with errors in Excel

Excel functions such as SUM, COUNT, LARGE and MAX don’t work if a range includes errors. However, you can easily use the AGGREGATE function to fix this. 1. For example, Excel returns an error if you use the SUM function to sum a range with errors. 2. Use the AGGREGATE function to sum a range with errors. Explanation: the first argument (9) tells…

Circular Reference Problem Solved

You’ve entered a formula, but it’s not working. Instead, you’ve got this message about a “circular reference.” Circular Reference occurs your formula is trying to calculate itself. A formula in a cell that directly or indirectly refers to its own cell is called a circular reference. 1. For example, the formula in cell A3 below directly refers to its own cell. Remove…

Find, Trace and Correct Errors in Excel Formulas using ‘Formula Auditing’

Formula auditing in Excel allows you find and correct errors in formulas. Also, displays the relationship between formulas and cells using Trace Precedents, Remove Arrows, Trace Dependents, Show Formulas, Error Checking and Evaluate Formula. The example below helps you master Formula Auditing quickly and easily. Trace Precedents You have to pay $96.00. To show arrows that indicate which cells are used to calculate this value, execute…

Floating Point Errors in Excel

Floating point numbers are numbers that follow after a decimal point. Excel stores and calculates floating point numbers. On the other hand, excel cannot store numbers with very large floating points, so for the function to work correctly, the floating point numbers will need to be rounded to 5 decimal places. i.e The result of a formula is a very close…

How to return blank in place of #DIV/0! error in Excel

This example illustrates the IFERROR function and how to return blank in place of #DIV/0! error in Excel. 1. For example, Excel displays the #DIV/0! error when a formula tries to divide a number by 0. 2. Use the IFERROR function. If a cell contains an error, an empty string (“”) is displayed.

IsError function examples in Excel

This chapter illustrates the ISERROR function in Excel. 1. For example, Excel displays the #DIV/0! error when a formula tries to divide a number by 0. The ISERROR function checks whether a value is an error and returns TRUE or FALSE. 2. Use the IF and the ISERROR function. If a cell contains an error, the value 5 is returned. If not, the value…

Count Errors in Excel

IF function and ISERROR function are used to check for an error in Excel. This example shows you how to create an array formula that counts the number of errors in a range. 1. We use the IF function and the ISERROR function to check for an error in the record below: Explanation: the IF function returns 1, if an error is found. If not,…

How to Sum Range with Errors in Excel

This example shows you how to create an array formula that sums a range with errors. You can also use the AGGREGATE function to sum a range with errors. 1. We use the IFERROR function to check for an error. Explanation: the IFERROR function returns 0, if an error is found. If not, it returns the value of the cell. 2. To sum the range…

Vlookup Examples in Excel

The VLOOKUP function is one of the most popular functions in Excel. This chapter contains many easy to follow VLOOKUP examples for Exact Match, Approximate Match, Right Lookup, First Match, Case-insensitive, Multiple Criteria, #N/A error  and  Multiple Lookup Tables. Exact Match Most of the time you are looking for an exact match when you use the VLOOKUP function in Excel. Let’s take a look at…

Common Errors in Excel

It could be challenging sometimes working in excel and you find ##### error, #NAME? error , #VALUE! error , #DIV/0! error and #REF! error on your worksheet. This chapter teaches you how to deal with some common formula errors in Excel. ##### error When your cell contains this error code, the column isn’t wide enough to display the value. 1. Click on the right border of…