# result of setFormula() not recognised (solved) [closed]

The following line of code inserts a formula using the function COUNTIF into cell F43.

 oSheet.getCellByPosition(5,42).setFormula("=COUNTIF(F33:F36,1)")


The formula is inserted in the cell exactly as expected, but the result in the spreadsheet is Err:508. (I tried ""=1"", but the result is the same.) I can manually copy and paste the formula from the formula bar back in to the formula bar and it then works correctly. A similar expression using a SUM function in place of COUNTIF works correctly. Is there some limitation on which functions can be used in setFormula? Or am I missing something?

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### Closed for the following reason the question is answered, right answer was accepted by Alex Kemp close date 2020-08-30 12:42:50.634067

When the sheet is copied from elsewhere, Calc seems to be deciding that the column F is all DATES. This may have something to do with problem, but does not entirely explain it. The problem reproduces in another column. Now there is a second less important question: why is Col F becoming DATES?

( 2016-02-22 17:15:41 +0200 )edit

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Hi

You have to use same separator as ToolsOptionsCalcFormulaSeparatorsFunction.

For example, with my french UI :

oSheet.getCellByPosition(5,42).setFormula("=COUNTIF(F33:F36;1)")


So, is it , for you?

Regards

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