# Excel - General Question on Pivot Table - Expert Solution

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I want to calculate an average of some values in a pivot table, however I cannot do that as some rows contain blanks.
Solved by I. C. in 58 mins
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User 30/05/2018 - 10:38
Hello!
Excelchat Expert 30/05/2018 - 10:38
Hello
Excelchat Expert 30/05/2018 - 10:38
Welcome to excelchat
User 30/05/2018 - 10:39
Thans, nice to meet you
Excelchat Expert 30/05/2018 - 10:39
I believe you want help with average, correct?
User 30/05/2018 - 10:40
Exactly
User 30/05/2018 - 10:40
User 30/05/2018 - 10:40
This is the file
User 30/05/2018 - 10:40
It's quite big
User 30/05/2018 - 10:40
But the operation I need help with is quite simple
User 30/05/2018 - 10:40
You will see two average rows
User 30/05/2018 - 10:40
On the side, the formulas are already there
Excelchat Expert 30/05/2018 - 10:40
Okay, give me a few minutes please.
User 30/05/2018 - 10:41
But I cannot continue calculating because some firms do not have any info on gender
User 30/05/2018 - 10:41
:)
User 30/05/2018 - 10:41
Excelchat Expert 30/05/2018 - 10:42
this is a big file indeed.
Excelchat Expert 30/05/2018 - 10:43
Excelchat Expert 30/05/2018 - 10:43
at 40 MB, how big is this!!!
User 30/05/2018 - 10:44
I think it is 50MB
User 30/05/2018 - 10:44
But what I need is really
User 30/05/2018 - 10:44
Simple
User 30/05/2018 - 10:44
Sorry for the large file :(((((
Excelchat Expert 30/05/2018 - 10:44
Excelchat Expert 30/05/2018 - 10:47
Finally, its opened now. Please tell me where to look.
User 30/05/2018 - 10:47
The first sheet
User 30/05/2018 - 10:47
Where the pivot table is
User 30/05/2018 - 10:47
There are rows M and F
User 30/05/2018 - 10:47
Indicating gender
Excelchat Expert 30/05/2018 - 10:47
Okay, I'm there.
User 30/05/2018 - 10:47
Then there are average columns
User 30/05/2018 - 10:48
However some firms have no males nor females
User 30/05/2018 - 10:48
I would like to exclude
User 30/05/2018 - 10:48
Those
User 30/05/2018 - 10:48
So the DIV/0 does not come up
User 30/05/2018 - 10:48
That's one thing
User 30/05/2018 - 10:48
And the other thing would be an total average for both F and M at the bottom of the table
Excelchat Expert 30/05/2018 - 10:49
To be sure, we are talking about sheet1?
User 30/05/2018 - 10:50
Exactly
Excelchat Expert 30/05/2018 - 10:52
I'm sorry, you have said average column, but I can't find it. I know you have told everything.
Excelchat Expert 30/05/2018 - 10:53
Can you please say something like calculate this in this column?
User 30/05/2018 - 10:54
I didn't quite get that
User 30/05/2018 - 10:54
What
User 30/05/2018 - 10:54
Is your
User 30/05/2018 - 10:54
Question?
Excelchat Expert 30/05/2018 - 10:54
Which is the average column?
User 30/05/2018 - 10:54
Columns F and G
User 30/05/2018 - 10:54
% of M and F in each firms
User 30/05/2018 - 10:54
And the average should be at the bottom
User 30/05/2018 - 10:54
Of F and G :)
User 30/05/2018 - 10:54
Hope this clears it up
Excelchat Expert 30/05/2018 - 10:57
Excelchat Expert 30/05/2018 - 10:58
=IF(AND(B5="",C5=""),"",B5/E5)
Excelchat Expert 30/05/2018 - 10:58
Apply this formula in column F, this would remove div/0 errors.
Excelchat Expert 30/05/2018 - 10:59
If you are still there, you can write in the preview window.
Excelchat Expert 30/05/2018 - 11:00
You were asked whether you need more time or not a few minutes ago.
Excelchat Expert 30/05/2018 - 11:00
You won't be able to write here but you can answer in the sheet.
Excelchat Expert 30/05/2018 - 11:01
The file is too big, it would probably take an hour if I try to upload it.
Excelchat Expert 30/05/2018 - 11:02
I don't know what you mean but if you want to apply a formula in a whole column, you can use the fill handle.
Excelchat Expert 30/05/2018 - 11:03
Fill handle is the tiny square box at the bottom left corner of a cell when you select that cell. Double clicking it will copy the formula down the whole column.
Excelchat Expert 30/05/2018 - 11:04
Does that make sense?
Excelchat Expert 30/05/2018 - 11:06
Let me know if you need further help on fill handle.
Excelchat Expert 30/05/2018 - 11:09
yes there is. but I can see you are calculating percentage, not average. And thus you don't need to exclude.
Excelchat Expert 30/05/2018 - 11:11
"Fills untill the next empty cell" it is not a problem. it is just how fill handle works.
Excelchat Expert 30/05/2018 - 11:16
Let's be clear, if you want to get the average, the formula AVERAGEIF will give you the average ignoring empty cells.
Excelchat Expert 30/05/2018 - 11:18
secondly, each time the fill handle encounter a empty cell, the fill would stop. So, you would need to use the fill again where it stopped.
Excelchat Expert 30/05/2018 - 11:19
The formula I gave you giving me the percentage of female 29% at the bottom ignoring the blank cells.
Excelchat Expert 30/05/2018 - 11:19
I hope this clears things.
Excelchat Expert 30/05/2018 - 11:20
Yeah, insert a new column after column A. since column A doesn't contain any empty cells, the fill handle will go all the way down.
Excelchat Expert 30/05/2018 - 11:25
Sorry, keeping the huge file open on my pc causing my pc to hang time to time.
Excelchat Expert 30/05/2018 - 11:27
=AVERAGEIF(E4:E7,"<>0")
Excelchat Expert 30/05/2018 - 11:28
The formula At F4
Excelchat Expert 30/05/2018 - 11:28
This is calculating average ignoring empty cells.
Excelchat Expert 30/05/2018 - 11:29
We have only 9 more minutes remaining.
Excelchat Expert 30/05/2018 - 11:30
After that we would get disconnected.
Excelchat Expert 30/05/2018 - 11:33
It should fill if column A has data on it.
Excelchat Expert 30/05/2018 - 11:34
We are approaching the last minutes, I wish I could send you the file but my internet speed would take almost an hour to upload that file.

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