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GOOD DESIGN – FORMULAE NOTES

August 11, 2010

When including complex formulae in your report design, it is often prudent to provide notes to those formulae when trying to decifer them at a later time or for the sake of other users of the spreadsheet.

To do this you may make use of the ‘N’ function which  converts a text string to the number zero. In this way you can add the result of your ‘N’ function to the rest of your formula without affecting the desired formula result.

Example:

 = sumif (RngPer,  A$1,  Rng_Km) /countif(RngPer, A$1) + N(” Returns the avg mileage per period for each active truck”)

Craig Juta, Excel Trainer, Western Canada

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