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SUM in Excel without Error

Geosele

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Hi: I read an old thread about SUM or SUMPRODUCTS like doing =SUM((A1:D1)*1) etc.
I am adding from non-array cells in an excel worksheet using simple =A1+B1+C1+D1.It works when A1 to D1 are all numbers but when one of the cell eg B1 is denoted as a text "N" (to represent None Attendance for the D1 event), I get an error as attached snapshot.
If possible, how would one use the SUM or SUMPRODUCTS formula versions to accept the N events without triggering an error in in the answer [this case?
NNN20:00:0009:30:001020:00:0009:30:001020:00:0009:30:001020:00:0009:30:001020:00:0009:30:001020:00:0009:30:0010#VALUE!10
 

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=SUM(A1:D1)
Hi: Excuse me, my error in query....I'm not actually adding Role 1 from A to D. Yes, I am adding in same row but can be A1+C1+F1+P1 etc ie random but same row items in mixture of Number (2 or 30 0r 15 etc) and Text ("N") in this case. Hope this make sense. Please assist if you or others can.
 
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Edit @ p45cal, It does, I forgot to post it:eek:
 

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Hi: I read an old thread about SUM or SUMPRODUCTS like doing =SUM((A1:D1)*1) etc.
I am adding from non-array cells in an excel worksheet using simple =A1+B1+C1+D1.It works when A1 to D1 are all numbers but when one of the cell eg B1 is denoted as a text "N" (to represent None Attendance for the D1 event), I get an error as attached snapshot.
If possible, how would one use the SUM or SUMPRODUCTS formula versions to accept the N events without triggering an error in in the answer [this case?
NNN20:00:0009:30:001020:00:0009:30:001020:00:0009:30:001020:00:0009:30:001020:00:0009:30:001020:00:0009:30:0010#VALUE!10
To handle the scenario where cells may contain both numbers and the text "N," you can use the following array formula with the `IF` function:

```excel
=SUM(IF(ISNUMBER(A1:D1), A1:D1, IF(A1:D1="N", 0, 0)))
```

This formula checks if each cell is a number using `ISNUMBER`. If it is a number, it includes that value in the sum; if it's "N," it considers it as zero; otherwise, it also considers it as zero. Remember to enter this formula as an array formula using Ctrl + Shift + Enter.

This way, you can accommodate both numeric values and the "N" text without triggering an error.
 
Hello Debsar.

Please let me know what causing error in detail based on problem statement

Thank you
 
Probably missing something but AFAIK SUM does not care about text whereas summing in the usual way returns an error
 
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