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How to display blank if sum is zero in Excel?

Author: Xiaoyang Last Modified: 2020-04-24

In Excel, how could you display cell as blank when the sum is 0? In this article, I will talk about some quick tricks for you to deal with this job.

Display blank cell if sum is zero with Format Cell function

Display blank cell if sum is zero with formula


arrow blue right bubble Display blank cell if sum is zero with Format Cell function

This method can help you to format the summation 0 as blank cell, please do as this:

1. Select the formula cells that the total result are zeros, and then right click to choose Format Cells from the context menu, see screenshot:

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2. In the Format Cells dialog box, click Custom from the Category list box under the Number tab, and then enter General;General;;@ into the Type text box, see screenshot:

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3. Then click OK button, all the summation zeros have been displayed as blank cells. See screenshot:

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arrow blue right bubble Display blank cell if sum is zero with formula

You can use the following formula to display blank cell if the summation is zero instead of applying the Sum function directly, please do as follows:

Enter this formula: =IF(SUM(A1:A3)=0,"",SUM(A1:A3)) into a blank cell where you want to calculate total result, and then drag the fill handle right to apply this formulas to other cells, then you will get blank cells if the summation are zeros, see screenshot:

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Brilliant!!!
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I believe that's the first time I've use one of your formulas that simply does not work. Wow, there must have been a MS update to kill it off.
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Hello Gwen,

Sorry to hear that. The formulas works great in my Microsoft Excel 365. May I know whether the formulas function well after you upate your Microsoft Excel version? Let me know if you don't mind. Looking forward to your reply.

Sincerely,
Mandy
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Bij de eerste methode (functie cel opmaken), doet die cellen met een negatief getal erin veranderen in positief getal. Dus het min-teken wordt weggelaten. Dat wil ik niet.

Ook de tweede methode (met de formule als) is voor mij niet ideaal, omdat de cel dan in een tekst-cel veranderd door " ". Cellen die naar die cel verwijzen kunnen dan niet meer de berekening uitvoeren en ik krijg dus de melding #WAARDE!

1) Hoe zorg ik bij de eerste methode ervoor dat negatieve getallen ook negatief worden weergegeven?
2) En hoe zorg ik er bij de tweede methode voor dat cellen met uitkomst 0 leeg worden weergegeven zonder dat het een tekst-cel wordt en gekoppelde cellen gewoon hun berekening kunnen blijven uitvoeren?
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Thanks"  Option 1 is so useful.  Keeps the table clean and focussed.
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In de Nederlandse versie van Excel moet het zijn Standaard;Standaard;;@ zijn i.p.v. Algemeen; Algemeen;;@
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