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    #N/A's (2k)

    I'm trying to backfill a feild on my spreadsheet called engineer. so what i've tried doing is concatenating the current engineering feild, with the old one. unfortunately in either feild, there may be an #N/A present (due to the vertical lookups that are getting the data, and the data not existing). So when the feilds are concatenated, and #N/A is present in either or both of the feilds, the feild will report #N/A. I thought that #N/A was kind of like a null value, and concatenating a null value with a real value would give me that real value, but it doesn't.

    My question is, what is #N/A ? and how can i make my new column display data, even if an #N/A is present in one of the two feilds?
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    Re: #N/A's (2k)

    #N/A (not available) is an error code; an error concatenated with something else is still an error. You could use a formula like this:

    <code>=IF(ISNA(A1),"",A1)&IF(ISNA(B1),"",B1)</code>

    where A1 and B1 are the cells to be concatenated. You could also avoid #N/A in the cells containing the VLOOKUP formulas:

    <code>=IF(ISNA(VLOOKUP(...)),"",VLOOKUP(...))</code>

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    Re: #N/A's (2k)

    HansV, is he a man? or is he a machine? That solved multiple problems I've been having, ISNA is a great function, Thanks Hans!
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