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In Calc how can I write a formula to test for an empty cell? [closed]

asked 2014-12-26 06:27:41 +0200

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I am searching for the syntax for this logic: If (A1 is not empty); A1; blank)

That is, I want to copy the contents of a cell with numeric content only if it is not blank.
Without some logic to test a blank cell a 0 is placed in the destination cell.

Thanks much for any help, -deac

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answered 2014-12-26 07:25:22 +0200

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updated 2014-12-26 07:30:16 +0200

You can test a cell for being empty (=blank) using =ISBLANK(cell reference). Result is either TRUE of FALSE.

However when your test cell should be the cell with a new value, you create a loop and the function doesn't work. This means you need you need something else. What is not possible to say because I don't know your spreadsheet and your application,

The only chance I see is to use a macro but this may only run once. Otherwise the result will be changed again based on the modifications made during the first run.

Think also about the reason for entering the 0 into the cell you want to test for blank. Maybe you can find a solution here.

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Building on ROSt52's answer, you can use =IF(ISBLANK(A1),"",A1) in the target cell.

JKEngineer gravatar imageJKEngineer ( 2014-12-26 22:03:31 +0200 )edit

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