# Revision history [back]

This thread is very old, but having a subject that was clearly (though not fully consistent) worded, it is visited again and again. I originally contributed a soultion only by commenting on the answer posted as "wiki" on 2015-04-29.
Meanwhile there was opportunity to learn that this anwer was unnecessarily complicated. The usage of OFFSET() or similar constructs can be omitted if not the calculated reference is needed. Thus I give a new answer with one old and unchangeable part "-1-" and the simple way to get something like a soultion as far as possible in part "-2-".

-1-
To get an actually blank cell by a resident formula is strictly impossible because the formula itself is content of the cell.

-2-
The simple way to get what's next to blank if the referenced cell (A2 e.g.) is blank is the formula {=A2:A2}.
(This is =A2:A2 entered for array-evaluation either by Ctrl+Shift+Enter or from the formula wizard.)

The answer is exemplified in this attachment.