# Excel - COLUMN Function Problem - Expert Solution

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I have a formula for a running total in a column and the reference cell is populated by a formula to bring data from another sheet. I want the running total column to be blank until the reference cell is populated.
Solved by K. U. in 22 mins
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Excelchat Expert 10/04/2018 - 02:00
hello! how are you?
User 10/04/2018 - 02:01
Good thanks
Excelchat Expert 10/04/2018 - 02:01
That's good to hear.
Excelchat Expert 10/04/2018 - 02:01
By the way, are you able to provide a sample data set or your actual worksheet so i could better understand and help you?
Excelchat Expert 10/04/2018 - 02:04
Hi? are you still there?
User 10/04/2018 - 02:04
My file has about 20 sheets and only need help with one of them
Excelchat Expert 10/04/2018 - 02:05
could you perhaps just provide an example on the document preview on the right?
Excelchat Expert 10/04/2018 - 02:06
alright, which column is the running total pertaining to?
Excelchat Expert 10/04/2018 - 02:07
and may I know: 1) what is the current formula you are using for this column?
User 10/04/2018 - 02:07
On the right the col 3 has a formula to bring data from another sheet, col 4 is the running total
Excelchat Expert 10/04/2018 - 02:08
alright. so which cell is needs to be populated before the running total is computed?
User 10/04/2018 - 02:08
=SUM(\$Q\$7:Q603)
Excelchat Expert 10/04/2018 - 02:09
which column does Q7:Q603 pertain to in our sample table?
User 10/04/2018 - 02:10
When I drag the formula in col 4 it populates with the last figure in the column. I'd like it to be blank until the reference cell is populated
User 10/04/2018 - 02:10
Col 4
Excelchat Expert 10/04/2018 - 02:10
okay, the reference cell would be?
User 10/04/2018 - 02:10
On the right d15
Excelchat Expert 10/04/2018 - 02:10
got it.
Excelchat Expert 10/04/2018 - 02:11
please see formula on E15 and tell me if it matches with your requirement
User 10/04/2018 - 02:12
I can't see any formula
User 10/04/2018 - 02:12
I can now!
Excelchat Expert 10/04/2018 - 02:12
Excelchat Expert 10/04/2018 - 02:13
great. now try to populate D15
User 10/04/2018 - 02:13
I have tried that but I think because there is a formula in d15 it doesn't work
Excelchat Expert 10/04/2018 - 02:13
Excelchat Expert 10/04/2018 - 02:14
i changed it to D15="" to D15=0
Excelchat Expert 10/04/2018 - 02:14
i mean D15*1=0
User 10/04/2018 - 02:15
Where has the 100119.21 come from?
Excelchat Expert 10/04/2018 - 02:16
sum from E5:E14. im actually not sure if that is correct though. please feel free to change the SUM() statement to fit your requirement
User 10/04/2018 - 02:16
Ok I'll try that in my sheet
Excelchat Expert 10/04/2018 - 02:17
great, please let me know if it works... if not, i'll think of other alternative solution
User 10/04/2018 - 02:18
Thanks, I'm feeling a bit rushed, so I'll try it and come back if it doesn't work.
Excelchat Expert 10/04/2018 - 02:18
sure, no worries.
User 10/04/2018 - 02:22
That seems to work thanks very much
Excelchat Expert 10/04/2018 - 02:22
Excelchat Expert 10/04/2018 - 02:22
you are most welcome. please feel free to end the session if you have no more clarifications

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