# I want a formula to ignore text values in cell references

1. ## I want a formula to ignore text values in cell references

If text is input into some cells referenced by a formula I want the formula
to ignore whatever text it finds and just calculate the result of the numbers
in cells. How do i do this?
Presently the formula displays #VALUE! where there is text in one or more of
the cells referenced.  Register To Reply

2. ## RE: I want a formula to ignore text values in cell references

Use ISNUMBER():

In place of A1 use =IF(ISNUMBER(A1),A1,"")
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"Russellrupert" wrote:

> If text is input into some cells referenced by a formula I want the formula
> to ignore whatever text it finds and just calculate the result of the numbers
> in cells. How do i do this?
> Presently the formula displays #VALUE! where there is text in one or more of
> the cells referenced.  Register To Reply

3. ## Re: I want a formula to ignore text values in cell references

Just some thoughts .. If it's to sum numbers,
we could use, eg: =SUM(A1:A3)

SUM will ignore text,
while : =A1+A2+A3 would return #VALUE!
if there are text within the range

And if there's the possibility of "text" numbers within the range, which
should also be included in the sum together with real numbers, then one way
is to try,
array-entered (press CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER):
=SUM(IF(ISNUMBER(--A1:A3),--A1:A3))

[ =SUM(A1:A3) would ignore text numbers ]
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"Russellrupert" <Russellrupert@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
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> If text is input into some cells referenced by a formula I want the

formula
> to ignore whatever text it finds and just calculate the result of the

numbers
> in cells. How do i do this?
> Presently the formula displays #VALUE! where there is text in one or more

of
> the cells referenced.  Register To Reply

4. ## Re: I want a formula to ignore text values in cell references

So I'm trying to ignore the text in a column of numbers that I'm trying to average. Using the isnumber command seems to fail when the cell is considered in the context of a larger dataset since anything I have tried to put in the "if false" either ruins the average or the syntax.  Register To Reply