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Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Excel 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Excel, click here: Finding and Replacing Error Values.
Lindsay often has huge worksheets with hundreds of rows of calculated values. Inevitably there will be scattered cells with the #N/A error that she would like to all be 0 (or some other value) so she can use the cells in other formulas. Due to the calculations Lindsay is running, she feels an IF formula or other such method to anticipate and remove these values from the calculation is usually impossible, and it's very tedious to remove them by hand. Lindsay wonders if there is any way to do the equivalent of a "find and replace" on those error values.
There are a couple of ways you can approach this issue. One is to use the Go To feature in Excel. Simply follow these steps:
Figure 1. The Go To dialog box.
Figure 2. The Go To Special dialog box.
Note that this approach results in any error values being replaced, not just those with the #N/A error. If you have to make the replacements quite a bit or you want to only affect #N/A errors, you may want to use a macro to do the replacements:
Sub Replace_NAs() Dim C For Each C In ActiveSheet.UsedRange If Application.WorksheetFunction.IsNA(C) Then C.Value = 0 End If Next End Sub
You should note that all these options result in the formulas in the cells (those that returned the #N/A values) being permanently replaced with a 0 or whatever value you specify. The only way to not replace the formulas is to change those formulas to use an IF statement to check for the error condition before applying the formula.
ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (6905) applies to Microsoft Excel 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Excel (Excel 2007 and later) here: Finding and Replacing Error Values.
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