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In DATABASE criteria "Blank Cell" AND ="" are NOT the same things??

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    In DATABASE criteria "Blank Cell" AND ="" are NOT the same things??

    As known, when criteria cell is EMPTY excel IGNOREs that Criteria.

    BUT, the problem is;
    - If criteria cell is really BLANK, excel really (totally) ignores that criteria
    - If criteria cell is BLANK with FORMULA (as ="" ), then excel ignores that criteria again, BUT this time NOT COUNTING "the ROWS with blank cells" in database table.
    (As seen clearly at attached file)

    Problem is a simple point, but solution is not found yet:
    According to Excel's reading, the Difference Between "Blank Cell" & "Null Text" is causing this problem in Criteria Cell.

    I am looking for any excel expression which TELLS to Excel to read that Cell as "Blank Cell"
    Is there any way to do it?
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    Re: In DATABASE criteria "Blank Cell" AND ="" are NOT the same things??

    Hi, welcome to the forum

    A BLANK cell contains nothing
    A cell with a formula that returns "" is NOT blank, it contains a formula

    If you want to count excluding "", try to use something like <>""

    I dont use DSUM, there are other (potentially better) functions to use, such as sumif() and sumifS()
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    Re: In DATABASE criteria "Blank Cell" AND ="" are NOT the same things??

    Your post does not comply with Rule 8 of our Forum RULES. Do not crosspost your question on multiple forums without including links here to the other threads on other forums.

    Cross-posting is when you post the same question in other forums on the web. The last thing you want to do is waste people's time working on an issue you have already resolved elsewhere. We prefer that you not cross-post at all, but if you do (and it's unlikely to go unnoticed), you MUST provide a link (copy the url from the address bar in your browser) to the cross-post.

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    Re: In DATABASE criteria "Blank Cell" AND ="" are NOT the same things??

    About Cross-posting issue;
    As I know; If I post same question in different sections of the SAME FORUM it is cross posting and wasting time of people.

    But,
    Again as I know; There are several forums Separate and Interdependent from each other, and their readers are not completely same.
    Why I cannot post the same question into different platforms freely?
    I cannot understand this point well.

    Are they in reality only one forum (or one organization) but under different domain names?

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    Re: In DATABASE criteria "Blank Cell" AND ="" are NOT the same things??

    Dear people who is warning me about cross-post,
    If you mind to read, I replied it with my comments about cross-post
    on page http://www.excelguru.ca/content.php?184
    with "damlays" user name

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    Re: In DATABASE criteria "Blank Cell" AND ="" are NOT the same things??

    Quote Originally Posted by damlays View Post
    As I know; If I post same question in different sections of the SAME FORUM it is cross posting and wasting time of people.
    No, that would be a duplicate thread, not a cross post, but regardless of where you post it, if the people helping you don't know about the existence of the other thread then they could be wasting their time.

    Cross posting is when you start threads on the same subject in different forums, i.e. forums with different domain names, irrespective of whether or not they are part of the same organisation.
    There is nothing wrong with doing it, as long as you provide links to the threads on the other forums so we don't waste time on methods that have already been tried elsewhere.

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    Re: In DATABASE criteria "Blank Cell" AND ="" are NOT the same things??

    @jason

    Don't bother too much explaining, although he link to http://www.excelguru.ca/content.php?184 was provided, the OP does not seem interested in it's philosophy ( or forum rules for that matter).
    Copy-pasting the text of post #4 in various forums seems to prove it.

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    Re: In DATABASE criteria "Blank Cell" AND ="" are NOT the same things??

    Quote Originally Posted by damlays View Post
    About Cross-posting issue;
    As I know; If I post same question in different sections of the SAME FORUM it is cross posting and wasting time of people.

    But,
    Again as I know; There are several forums Separate and Interdependent from each other, and their readers are not completely same.
    Why I cannot post the same question into different platforms freely?
    I cannot understand this point well.

    Are they in reality only one forum (or one organization) but under different domain names?
    Sorry, you seem to have mis-understood.
    Posting the same question in the same formum is DUPLICATE posting (not allowed either)

    Posting the same question on different forums is CROSS-POSTING - and it is considered that on pretty much all other forums. Now, while we cannot stop you from doing that, we ask that you provide links to other forums where you have posted the same question - failing do provide those links is also frowned on.

    Most forums ARE "Separate and Interdependent from each other", but many members belong to more than 1 forum, so cross-posting rarely goes un-noticed. When you post on multiple forums, there is teh possibility of multiple members on multiple forums all working on teh same question - on the face of it, this may seem idweal to you, the poster, but consider it from the person answering your question...they spend time and effort on you, only tio find that you already have an answer elsewhere. The more often that happens, the less inclinded members will be, to help you in the future.

    For a far better explanation of cross=posting, please take a look at this link...
    http://www.excelguru.ca/content.php?184

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