# Set a formula from macro basic using countif and regular expression

Hi. If I run the following sub against a blank sheet I get Err 508 in cell A4. Clicking on the cell gives the text of the formula, clicking the tick or hitting enter the error remains. Type a additional space at the end of the formula and hit enter the formula works (giving a result of zero!)

Using the same code to populate the cell with a more basic formula (=A1 as in the second line) works first time without the need to add an additional space. What am I doing wrong?

Subroutine

```
Sub test3
ThisComponent.Sheets(1).getCellByPosition(0,3).setFormula("=COUNTIF(A1:A2, "".*X.*"")")
ThisComponent.Sheets(1).getCellByPosition(0,4).setFormula("=A1")
end Sub
```

(Edited a bit for better readability by @Lupp)

I would not recommend wiki questions.

This is not the problem actually you edit anything in formuale then you will get value. May be ) or ; or = sign