using if function..please help

i am trying to use the if function in the following manner.  

A                  B
apple            red
apple            red
grapes          purple
grapes          yellow
star              n/a

if(B1:B5="n/a",0,countif(A1:A5, "star")

I want to use this formula not only for 'star' but also for 'apple' and 
grapes' and many more such fruits which might have n/a later.  But, everytime 
I use this formula it returns a 1..should it not return a 0 for when the 
value in B is n/a?

Please help..
Thank you
3/17/2010 4:58:06 PM
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Are you trying to say that if any cell in the range B1:B5 contains "n/
a" then you want to return zero? If so, try it this way:


Hope this helps.


On Mar 17, 4:58=A0pm, sd <> wrote:
> i am trying to use the if function in the following manner. =A0
> A =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0B
> apple =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0red
> apple =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0red
> grapes =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0purple
> grapes =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0yellow
> star =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0n/a
> if(B1:B5=3D"n/a",0,countif(A1:A5, "star")
> I want to use this formula not only for 'star' but also for 'apple' and
> grapes' and many more such fruits which might have n/a later. =A0But, eve=
> I use this formula it returns a 1..should it not return a 0 for when the
> value in B is n/a?
> Please help..
> Thank you

3/17/2010 6:39:07 PM
Only a few Excel functions accept ranges. If isn't one of them. You probably 


"sd" <> wrote in message
>i am trying to use the if function in the following manner.
> A                  B
> apple            red
> apple            red
> grapes          purple
> grapes          yellow
> star              n/a
> if(B1:B5="n/a",0,countif(A1:A5, "star")
> I want to use this formula not only for 'star' but also for 'apple' and
> grapes' and many more such fruits which might have n/a later.  But, 
> everytime
> I use this formula it returns a 1..should it not return a 0 for when the
> value in B is n/a?
> Please help..
> Thank you 

3/17/2010 6:48:24 PM

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