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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

could you please check again?

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

hmm, how about this now?

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

i'm glad it works :)

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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