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I used the formula =COUNTIF for cells to define adding the number of cells that have numbers totaling 0 or above. However, When I try using it in another set of columns it is not doing what I need it to. Now, the column that is not working has both colored cells and formula'd numbers within the cells. I dont understand what I am doing wrong, please help!

Solved by C. H. in 20 mins

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Excelchat Expert
08/04/2018 - 06:20

hello there!

User
08/04/2018 - 06:20

hello

User
08/04/2018 - 06:20

2016 version

Excelchat Expert
08/04/2018 - 06:20

Can you upload the working file you're working with right now? So we could remedy the problem. Thanks! ;)

User
08/04/2018 - 06:21

okay I am getting file now so I can show you what I am doing. Give me just a second

Excelchat Expert
08/04/2018 - 06:21

Sure thing! :)

Excelchat Expert
08/04/2018 - 06:24

Hi there, anything I could assist you with the uploading? :)

User
08/04/2018 - 06:26

I am unable to upload the file, stupid computer I am sending from keeps disconnecting to access the file.

Excelchat Expert
08/04/2018 - 06:27

Oh I see. Hmm. Could you then copy the formula you're using here? Or you could simulate a sample in the document preview

User
08/04/2018 - 06:28

yes I can.... so I will lay it out now on the spreadsheet

Excelchat Expert
08/04/2018 - 06:28

Sure please do. Thanks!

User
08/04/2018 - 06:31

okay so that is it, and here it worked but on the file I am working with nothing displays

User
08/04/2018 - 06:31

it accepts the formula and shows a blank cell

Excelchat Expert
08/04/2018 - 06:31

Oh I see. Did you copy the right formula from your working file?

User
08/04/2018 - 06:31

yes

Excelchat Expert
08/04/2018 - 06:32

How about the samples you entered here?

User
08/04/2018 - 06:32

could it have anything to do with the fact that the cells I am pulling the information from to create my formula are color coded and have formula'd information in the cells themselves?

User
08/04/2018 - 06:32

so lets say D5 is colored "red" because it has a positive number..... but it also has a formula to make it the number 8 in the cell

Excelchat Expert
08/04/2018 - 06:33

Hmmm. Do the formulas produce a number? If so, then it should still be okay.

User
08/04/2018 - 06:33

yes they produce the number

Excelchat Expert
08/04/2018 - 06:33

What do you mean by "t also has a formula to make it the number 8 in the cell"

User
08/04/2018 - 06:34

its weird... the functions argument shows the right number of cells that need to be added that are less than 0 but when I hit enter it doesnt show up in the cell

Excelchat Expert
08/04/2018 - 06:34

Hmm weird.

Excelchat Expert
08/04/2018 - 06:35

Can you not really upload the file?

User
08/04/2018 - 06:36

the font was off!!!!!!!!!!! it wasnt automatic black

Excelchat Expert
08/04/2018 - 06:36

Can you try deleting the cell with formula or color coding?

Excelchat Expert
08/04/2018 - 06:36

Oh lol! :D

Excelchat Expert
08/04/2018 - 06:37

Nice to have it fixed then. :)

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