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OK - sorry about the confusion. If any of the cells G1*H1*E1*C1*C7 the
answer should be zero. There is also a possibility that one of the cells
could be empty of data (not text). If I use the multiplication function and
one is empty then I get an error statement. If I use the product function
then the answer will be whatever cell or cells that have data - which would
be incorrect as they have not been multiplied by zero.

Hope this helps.


"T. Valko" wrote:

We don't seem to be connecting here.

if the result was a blank cell then the summary column
returned with a #VALUE instead of a "blank" cell.


If the result of what was a blank cell, this formula?

=if(a16="","",If(AND(A16500,A16<600),G1*H1*E1*C1 *C7),""))


If that formula returns a blank and you want to include that formulas cell
reference in another formula that gets a total then use the SUM function and
it will ignore the blank.

Or, do you mean these cells are causing the problem:

G1*H1*E1*C1*C7

If those cells are causing the problem what is in those cells? As I noted in
my other reply the PRODUCT function will ignore text (which is what a
formula blank is) and empty cells.

--
Biff
Microsoft Excel MVP


"dpridemore" wrote in message
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=if(a16="","",If(AND(A16500,A16<600),G1*H1*E1*C1* C7),""))
if the result was a blank cell then the summary column returned with a
#VALUE instead of a "blank" cell. In this case blank cell means no
mathematical or text data in either cell.

Thanks once more


"T. Valko" wrote:

Explain what you want to multiply. You don't need the SUM function for
multiplication. Also, don't get confused about blank cells versus empty
cells. They're 2 different things although most folks use "blank" to mean
both.

--
Biff
Microsoft Excel MVP


"dpridemore" wrote in message
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Biff:
I guess I must be dumber than a rock. How would I use a sum function
when
I
am trying to multiply?


Thanks again.

David

"T. Valko" wrote:

The problem seemed to be with the next column which
had a multiplication formula -
=if(a16="","",If(AND(A16500,A16<600),G1*H1*E1*C1 *C7),"")).
If the result was a blank cell then the summary column
returned with a #VALUE

That's why you should use the SUM function. SUM ignores the formula
blanks.

If:

A1 = formula blank
A2 = 10

The formula =A1+A2 = #VALUE!

While =SUM(A1,A2) = 10

Now, PRODUCT ignores empty cells and formula blanks *but* if there is
only a
single value available then the result is that single value:

A1 = formula blank
A2 = empty cell
A3 = 10

=PRODUCT(A1:A3) = 10

--
Biff
Microsoft Excel MVP


"dpridemore" wrote in message
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Biff:
Thanks for your assistance so far.

The problem seemed to be with the next column which had a
multiplication
formula -
=if(a16="","",If(AND(A16500,A16<600),G1*H1*E1*C1* C7),"")).
If
the
result was a blank cell then the summary column returned with a
#VALUE.

I changed it to use the Product function which solved that issue.
Now
I
am
faced with another- this involving the product function not
returning a
zero
when multiplying by zero.

If E1 and C1 are blank cells and C7 contains a number it will return
the
value of C7 times G1 and H1. I am needing it to return a value of
zero
which
in my wretched mind is what it should be doing. If G1=1.44 and
h1=0,
then
the answer should be 0 zero, isnt it? When C1 is blank shouldnt
c1*h1
still
equal zero as it is "blank" * 0?

Thanks for your help.




"T. Valko" wrote:

"inconsistent formula" is *not your problem*.

That's just Excel trying to alert you that all formulas in the
immediate
are
are not the same.

That summary column is a simple formula of
"I17+K17+M17+O17+Q17+S17+U17+W17+Y17+AA17
so I cant use the SUM function as it skips data in columns.

You can use the SUM function:

=SUM(I17,K17,M17,O17,Q17,S17,U17,W17,Y17,AA17)


--
Biff
Microsoft Excel MVP


"dpridemore" wrote in
message
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Here is the formula:
IF($A22=",",IF(AND($A22600,$A22<700),(VLOOKUP($A2 2,Equipment!$I22:$AE478,16)),"))

I understand your comment and will look into it further. There
are
circumstances where the formula will return a blank cell. There
are
other
cells where data is returned. In both cases the inconsistent
formula
shows
up. These are on columns that I have inserted into the
worksheet.
The
workbook was originally an Excel 2003 format and is now saved
under
the
Excel
2007 format.

There are also situations in which the same formula is used and a
blank
cell
occurs and also one in which data is returned buth they do not
get
the
"inconsistent formula" error.


This causes the summary column to show the #VALUE error. That
summary
column is a simple formula of "
I17+K17+M17+O17+Q17+S17+U17+W17+Y17+AA17
so I
cant use the SUM function as it skips data in columns.


"T. Valko" wrote:

I am getting a #VALUE error when trying to add a series of data

Does your formula look something like this:

=A1+B1+C1

If you get a #VALUE! error from a formula like that it usually
means
that
at
least one of the referenced cells contains a TEXT entry.

Use the SUM function instead, it ignores text:

=SUM(A1:C1)

--
Biff
Microsoft Excel MVP


"dpridemore" wrote in
message
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I am getting a #VALUE error when trying to add a series of data
in
different
cells.

Apparently this is due to an "inconsistent formula" with
others
in
the
same
area of the worksheet.

I have a list of data that I am accessing through IF, AND, and
VLOOKUP
functions. The cell in one column will not show any
"inconsistent
formula"
errors and provides the correct data. When the formula is
moved
two
cells
to
the right and the VLOOKUP function adjusted by 2 columns to
make
sure
it
picks up the correct data then the "inconsistent formula"
error
is
shown.

This is happening on three columns in the worksheet. The good
column
will
pick up data from the table at column 14. The second will
pick
up
on
11.
The
third on column 10. The third on column 16.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.