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How to get array formula to return an empty cell instead of 00-Jan-00

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    How to get array formula to return an empty cell instead of 00-Jan-00

    Hi Forum,

    I have an array formula that takes a value in cell C2, finds any matching values in the range $A$2:$A$30000 and then returns the latest date associated with these values (the dates are in the range $B$2:$B$30000). This works well.

    The problem I have is that when a date is not found in the range $B$2:$B$30000 it returns 00-Jan-00. I think this is because of the zero at the end of my formula which returns zero and then my date formatting shows that as 00-Jan-00. I need it to just show an empty cell ("") instead of 00-Jan-00.

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    I have tried using "" instead of zero (see formula below) but it returns #Value instead of an empty cell.

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    I also want it to return an empty cell ("") if the value in C2 is not found in the range $A$2:$A$30000. Again, it is presently returning 00-Jan-00 in these cases.

    Please see attached example spreadsheet.

    I have spent a lot of time experimenting with my formula but have not been able to get the result I need.

    Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

    Dave
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    Re: How to get array formula to return an empty cell instead of 00-Jan-00

    hello
    can you try this one.

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    btw do you have a post like this recently i think i saw one like this few days ago..

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    Re: How to get array formula to return an empty cell instead of 00-Jan-00

    Maybe:

    =IF(MAX(INDEX(IF($A$2:$A$30000=C2,$B$2:$B$30000),0))=0,"",MAX(INDEX(IF($A$2:$A$30000=C2,$B$2:$B$30000),0)))
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    Re: How to get array formula to return an empty cell instead of 00-Jan-00

    Thanks,

    I will try these.

    vlady,

    I did have a very similar post a few days ago. This problem is slighty different.

    Thanks very much

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    Re: How to get array formula to return an empty cell instead of 00-Jan-00

    @vlady: the formula isn't returning an error, it's returning zero which the format presents as 1 Jan 1900.

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    Code		AOS Forecast	CODE Number 	Latest AOS 	TMS		Vlady
    				in P6		Forecast Date	
    1301-BL-001	04-Jul-10	1301-BL-001	04-Jul-10	04/07/2010	04/07/2010
    1301-CR-001	18-Aug-10	1301-CR-001	18-Aug-10	18/08/2010	18/08/2010
    1301-CR-001			1301-HE-001	00-Jan-00			00/01/1900
    1301-CR-001	18-Aug-10	1301-HE-002	00-Jan-00			00/01/1900
    1301-CR-001	18-Aug-10	1301-HE-003	00-Jan-00			00/01/1900
    1301-CR-001	04-Jul-10	1301-PU-002	00-Jan-00			00/01/1900
    1301-CR-001	04-Jul-10	1301-PU-003	00-Jan-00			00/01/1900
    1301-CR-001	04-Jul-10	1301-PU-004	00-Jan-00			00/01/1900
    1301-CR-001	04-Jul-10	1301-PU-005	00-Jan-00			00/01/1900
    1301-CR-001	04-Jul-10	1301-PU-006	00-Jan-00			00/01/1900
    					
    E2:  	=IF(MAX(INDEX(IF($A$2:$A$30000=C2,$B$2:$B$30000),0))=0,"",MAX(INDEX(IF($A$2:$A$30000=C2,$B$2:$B$30000),0)))		
    F2:  	=IF(ISERROR(MAX(INDEX(IF($A$2:$A$30000=C2,$B$2:$B$30000),0))),"",MAX(INDEX(IF($A$2:$A$30000=C2,$B$2:$B$30000),0)))

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