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# I have a formula that seems to work inconsistently and i need

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I have a formula that seems to work inconsistently and i need it to work all the time - what I need to happen is to find the sum of four cells each being multiplied by a constant and it works great when the four cells have a value but when one or more of the cells is missing a value the formula does not return a value at all and I need the partial value for the included cells. My formula is: =IFERROR(SUM(\$M12*10,\$O12*5,\$Q12*5,\$S12*5),"").

I believe the problem is that the cell that does not contain a value DOES contain a formula that does not return a value in some cases: =IFERROR(IF(\$E12="F",VLOOKUP(\$K12,Table!\$B\$3:\$E\$1024,4,FALSE),VLOOKUP(\$K12,Table!\$B\$3:\$E\$1024,3,FALSE)),"").

So I guess my question can I revise my formula to work even though one of the four cells contains a formula and NOT A VALUE?
Thanks
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Microsoft Office
Expert:  The-PC-Guy replied 2 years ago.

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could you possibly send me a copy of the sheet

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so I can get a visual idea of where the problem might be occuring

The-PC-Guy :

give me a minute to open it

Customer:

The formula is in cell X12.

The-PC-Guy :

do you care for the lookup formulas

The-PC-Guy :

if it puts a 0 in when there is an error

The-PC-Guy :

instead of a blank

The-PC-Guy :

that will make the sum formula work

The-PC-Guy :

actually that is the only way to fix the sum formula

The-PC-Guy :

still with me?

The-PC-Guy :

actually yes that will fix it for you

The-PC-Guy :

change all of the iferror ""

The-PC-Guy :

to iferror 0

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here is the modified file

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Customer:

Yes that works but then the 0 screws up with the data I am calculating etc. So I will then have to delete all the zeros or delete all the formulas from the blank cells.

Customer:

I will see which way works best for me as either way it is a band aid fix. Thanks for your help.

The-PC-Guy :

i have another idea

The-PC-Guy :

if you can't have the zeros

The-PC-Guy :

if its only the 4 cells

Expert:  The-PC-Guy replied 2 years ago.
ok

i fixed it for you so you can keep your blanks and still have the sum formula work

http://ge.tt/2ogQ6wt/v/0?c
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