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How to count blank cells as zero when using AVERAGE in Excel?

Author: Sun Last Modified: 2020-06-30

When I average a range of data which includes some blank cells, it will auto calculate the data ignoring empty cells by using =AVERAGE(range). But in some cases, you may want to count the blank cells as zero when average the range of data as below screenshot shown, how can you solve it in Excel?
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Count blank cells as zero when using average


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To count the blank cells as zero when averaging a range of data, you can do as below:

Select a blank cell that will place the result, type this formula =AVERAGE(0+A1:A10), then press Shift + Ctrl + Enter key to get to correct result. See screenshot:
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Tip:

1. Using =SUM(A1:A10)/10 and pressing the Enter key also can help you to count blanks as zeros when averaging.

2. In above formulas, A1:A10 is the range you want to calculate the average.

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Thanks so much. It is a relevant and simple solution to our issue. I believe a similar process may be used for Standard deviation. Though I have to check it
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