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 How to vlookup to return blank instead of 0 or N/A in Excel?

Normally, when you apply the vlookup function to return the corresponding value, if your matching cell is blank, it will return 0, and if your matching value is not found, you will get an error #N/A value. Instead of displaying the 0 or #N/A value, how can you make it show blank cell?

Vlookup to return blank instead of 0 or #N/A with formulas


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The following formulas may help you to solve this problem:

Vlookup to return blank instead of 0

Please enter this formula: =IF(LEN(VLOOKUP(E1,A2:B10,2,0))=0,"",VLOOKUP(E1,A2:B10,2,0)) into a blank cell you need, and then press Enter key, you will get a blank cell instead of the 0, see screenshot:

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Note: In the above formula, E1 is the criterion which you want to return its relative value, A2:B10 s the data range you use, the number 2 indicates which column that the matched value is returned.

Vlookup to return blank instead of #N/A error value

To replace the #N/A error with blank cell if your searched value is not found, you can use this formula: =IFERROR(VLOOKUP(E1,A2:B10,2,FALSE),""), enter it into a blank cell, and press Enter key to get the result you need, see screenshot:

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Note: In this formula, E1 is the criterion which you want to return its relative value, A2:B10 s the data range you use, the number 2 indicates which column that the matched value is returned.


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    Alan Crookes · 1 months ago
    I think this is a good solution but is there a way around the problem that if I use it and then COUNTA() on the cells where the formula is created it counts those cells with "".
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    Jacqueline Price · 6 months ago
    I am not a tech guru - I just want to add to my formula that if it does not find anything in the cell - it gives an accounting 0 that will be acknowledged in my total formula. =VLOOKUP(F4,Sponsorships1,2,FALSE)
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    Besty · 10 months ago
    for blank values the LEN function is converting true zero's from the lookup data to blank. Any ideas on how to bring true zeros across and only convert the blanks to blank?
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      skyyang · 10 months ago
      Hi, Besty,
      The above Len function just convert blanks to blank, and it keeps the real 0 when applying it. please try it again.
      Or you can insert an attachment here to describe your problem.
      Thank you!
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    Karma · 1 years ago
    Thank you, it worked!
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    Laura · 1 years ago
    Thanks sky yang - This is awesome!

    I applied the formula you provided and I changed the cell references but now I'm getting #N/A instead of 0 or a negative symbol.