#### Excel formula; all negative values return with 0

```Version: 2008
Operating System: Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard)
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I created a formula that counts up elective courses in a spread sheet row that someone needs to take. <br><br>Example: =3-COUNTA(O26:W26) <br><br>Problem is that they can take many different ones, but are only required to take three. When I get negative numbers, is there a way I can build them formula to return all negative numbers to zero?
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```I finally figured out the formula: <br><br>=IF(3-COUNTA(N2:V2)<0,0,3-COUNTA(N2:V2)) <br><br>equals <br><br>Total required electives - # of electives taken is less than zero; then return the number to zero; if not then it is Total required electives - # of electives taken
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2/3/2010 12:21:30 AM
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On 2/2/10 4:55 PM, in article 59bb2203.-1@webcrossing.JaKIaxP2ac0,
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> Version: 2008 Operating System: Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) Processor: Intel I
> created a formula that counts up elective courses in a spread sheet row that
> someone needs to take.
>
> Example: =3-COUNTA(O26:W26)
>
> Problem is that they can take many different ones, but are only required to
> take three. When I get negative numbers, is there a way I can build them
> formula to return all negative numbers to zero?
Sure. =if(counta(026:w26)>3,0,3-counta(o26:w26))

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