Conditional calculations

Posted by: quim on 8 September 2017, 2:02 pm EST

  • Posted 8 September 2017, 2:02 pm EST



    I saw some old posts where it seems that we could not force an empty cell.

    The issue is that 0 is different from nothing. I have a particular situation where I just want to calculate if A >= B, if A < B the calculation doens't make sense and forcing a zero is not correct because the user will see it has a calculation result.

    Is there any thing that could be done with newer versions?



  • Replied 8 September 2017, 2:02 pm EST


    You may set the Cell's Value to " "(empty String) to show an empty cell if you don't want a "0" to be displayed.




  • Replied 8 September 2017, 2:02 pm EST


    Spread uses a subset of Excel's formula syntax.  Excel's formula syntax does not provide any means for creating a formula result that is equivalent to a blank cell.

    DeepakSharma's suggestion of using "" value (empty string) may or may not work depending on you specific scenario.  A cell containing "" value (empty string) will in most cases display similar to a cell contain null value (blank cell).  However, "" value and null value are two different values and can produce differrent results when used in other formulas.

    If you need a formula to produce a null value then there are a couple of other options to consider.

    You could define a custom function that returns null (similar to how the built-in function TRUE() returns true).  Then you could use the custom function in your formulas.

    If your spreadsheet has a cell that will always be blank then you could use that cell in your formulas to produce a null value.  To make the formulas more readable, you could create a custom name that references the blank cell and then use the custom name in your formulas.


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