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How to keep cell blank when applying formula until data entered in Excel?

In Excel, if you apply a formula to a column range, the result will be displayed as zero while the reference cells are blank in the formula. But in this case, I want to keep the cell empty when apply formula until the reference cell entered with data, if there are any tricks to handle it?
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Actually, there is a formula that can help you to keep the formula cell empty until data entered in reference cells.

For instance, here to calculate the difference between column Value 1 and column Value 2 in column Differences, and you want to keep the cell blank if there are some blank cells in the column Value 1 and column Value2.

Select first cell that you want to place the calculated result, type this formula =IF(OR(ISBLANK(A2),ISBLANK(B2)), "", A2-B2), and drag fill handle down to apply this formula to the cells you need.
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In the formula, A2 and B2 are the reference cells in the formula you want to apply, A2-B2 are the calculation you want to use.


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    DEE · 3 months ago
    Can someone help me. I already have a formula to identify gender in excel. How to keep the cell blank if there is no identical number in the excel? Because if there is no data, it turns into #VALUE
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    john · 3 months ago
    This suggestion is not correct. Putting a double quote ( " " ) in an excel formula, does not keep the cell blank. It simply enters a blank string which simply is not visible. Blank string makes the cell non-empty and that particular cell is no longer blank. If the cell is checked with the isblank formula, you will notice that it is not blank anymore. So, you cannot treat that cell as a blank cell in another formula.
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      Sunny · 2 months ago
      Yes, that is trud, but could you provide any better sulotions?
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    rohima · 4 months ago
    Hi Can someone help me. i have this formula in a cell =DAYS360($L4,$N4,TRUE ) which counts the number of days between two dates however there is a number populated in the cell although there is no value in the dates cell. I want this to populate when i input a date in one of the other cells but can not seem to do so. Can anyone help?
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    bhushan KB · 7 months ago
    =IF(ISNUMBER(SEARCH("Live",'PIN-code Data'!D10)),'PIN-code Data'!B10,"")
    is my formula - gives B cell data, incase D has Live text in it, I do not want excel to leave the cell blank incase D doesn't have Live but it should search for next D cell and give value in same cell.
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    Angela · 7 months ago
    Can someone help with my formula?? =IF(A1="SPEC", I1+7, I1+21) I want to keep the date in column J blank until data is entered in A1 and I1. Currently, it shows the result as 1/21/00.
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      Sunny · 2 months ago
      Hi, Angela, could you describe your question with more details? I could not understand it.
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    DAVE · 7 months ago
    HOW WOULD I GET THE REFERENCE CELL (IN THIS CASE O7) TO REMAIN BLANK UNTIL A VALUE IS ENTERED INTO K7? HERE IS MY FORMULA: =IF(K7<2,"MOQ NOT REACHED","")

    THANKS!
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      Tim Smith · 6 days ago
      You would have to do nested IF's. One IF statement in another.
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      Sunny · 2 months ago
      Hi, Dave, I do not understand you question, but here is a formula =IF(ISBLANK($D5),"",8) which will display 8 in the formula cell if D5 entered with data, maybe you can change it for your need.
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    Jason · 9 months ago
    You sir/ma'am, are a genius.... thank you

    NOTE: this also works with Google Sheets ^_^
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    George · 1 years ago
    Hello to all. I have a similar problem. This formula asks the result to be Day if the dates are the same and Swing if they are different. How can I leave the result blank until there is a date in column K6?
    =IF(D6=K6,"Day", "Swing")

    Thanks!
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      Sunny · 10 months ago
      Sorry, George, I do not know the formula can help you.
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    Guy · 1 years ago
    Thanks for posting. This helped me =IF(OR(ISBLANK(A2),ISBLANK(B2)), "", A2-B2) to condition cells to be blank.
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    Dan Thomas · 1 years ago
    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! I was scouring the internet for this answer for hours, and you provided it! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!
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    Ola · 1 years ago
    Please can you kindly tell me how to make DATEDIF(0,B10,"y")&" years "&DATEDIF(0,B10,"ym")&" months "&DATEDIF(0,B10,"md")&" days " display blank while cell B10 is blank?
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      Sunny · 1 years ago
      The cell is blank, so why not the result is blank? I am confused
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        Kay · 11 months ago
        How do you make the 119years, 0 months , 10 days just show a blank ?
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          Sunny · 10 months ago
          Hello, Kay, what is your condition? All cells that contain 119 years, 0 months, 10 days will be display a blank?
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    ganesh · 2 years ago
    i want to create a excel sheet with a formula in f column. ( like f column = c + d column ). and other cells remain blank and saved. if later i fill the data in c and f columns means ,it should do the calculation as per the f column formula and should show me the result in f column.is it possible?
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      Sunny · 2 years ago
      Hello, the formula cells will be shown as zero while the reference cells have no values in general. If you want to display the zero as blank, you can go to Option dialog to uncheck the Show a zero cells that have zero value option, and then the formula cells will keep blank untile the reference cells entered with values. See screenshot:
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    Ozioma · 2 years ago
    Please how can i make this formula to return blank. =IF(D7>69,"A",IF(D7>59,"B",IF(D7>49,"C",IF(D7>44,"D",IF(D7>39,"E","F")))))
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      Sunny · 2 years ago
      Hello, if you want to display blank while the D7 is blank, you can use this formula =IF(D7>69,"A",IF(D7>59,"B",IF(D7>49,"C",IF(D7>44,"D",IF(D7>39,"E",IF(ISBLANK(D7),"","F"))))))