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SUM(...) give 0 when the contents are INDIRECT(...) because they are not numeric

asked 2016-03-13 17:48:32 +0200

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updated 2016-03-13 20:19:30 +0200

In cell F27 I have this formula: =INDIRECT(C27,0) Value: $550

In cell C27 I have this: =CONCATENATE("R",ROW(),"C",3*ROW()-6) Value: R27C75

I have a whole column like that.

When I sum it, I get zero.

It should be the sum of the numbers that I am seeing as a result of the indirect references.

(It started when I tried to paste HTML from my bank's website, and every row was shifted over 3 from the row before it)

(I have found that I could use OFFSET and it would simplify the situation considerably)

(Apparently this is more fun than doing my taxes!)

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Test if pasting as unformatted text using past special, so you can set up the options to get a better import.

m.a.riosv gravatar imagem.a.riosv ( 2016-03-13 18:21:38 +0200 )edit

thank you. i think i was afraid to paste it as unformatted text. i did not find the options yet and so far it pasted too much text into a single cell.

A lame attempt at anonymity gravatar imageA lame attempt at anonymity ( 2016-03-13 20:20:31 +0200 )edit

[Ctrk+Shift+V] Menu/Edit/Paste special/unformatted text

m.a.riosv gravatar imagem.a.riosv ( 2016-03-13 23:13:48 +0200 )edit

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answered 2016-03-13 20:09:41 +0200

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The problem was that I did not have a numeric value in the cell being referred to.

So I hid all the uneven columns and added a column with the VALUE() of the INDIRECT result, and then when I sum it is is OK.

That is a good idea about the unformatted text.

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