Sum Function - ajit

I have a5:a50 range with formula trim(countif(Muster!$d1:$d30,"TOI") which
results into number of TOIs in
a5:a50 but when I try =sum(a5:a50) in cell a51, I get 0.
How comes? What goes wrong?

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7/7/2005 11:43:15 AM
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What do you get for =COUNT(A5:A50)?  My guess is that you will get 0, 
indicating that there are no numbers in that range to be summed (note 
that "123" is different than 123, and SUM will only include the numeric 
value, not the text digits).

Also, it is generally a good idea to copy/paste formulas from Excel into 
your post to avoid transcription errors
is not a valid formula, since parentheses are not matched.  I can guess 
that it is just missing the closing parenthesis, but am less than sure, 
since it leaves me wondering why you are trying to trim a number.


Div. F-II wrote:

> I have a5:a50 range with formula trim(countif(Muster!$d1:$d30,"TOI") which
> results into number of TOIs in
> a5:a50 but when I try =sum(a5:a50) in cell a51, I get 0.
> How comes? What goes wrong?
> Ajit

post_a_reply (1395)
7/7/2005 12:23:53 PM
The Trim function is a Text function, you cannot Sum text

Use a helper column and Value(A1) to A50, then Sum the helper column

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7/7/2005 12:36:00 PM
As you are looking for the sum total the Count function will not assis
You can sum the 'trim'ed values with


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7/8/2005 1:07:27 PM
If you read my post more carefully, I suggested COUNT as a diagnostic 
function; if count is zero, then SUM is failing because it is not seeing 
any numbers.


Bryan Hessey wrote:

> As you are looking for the sum total the Count function will not assist
> you.
> You can sum the 'trim'ed values with

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7/27/2005 11:48:43 AM

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