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Hi. workbook about 10 sheets with linked entries between sheets. specific column question.... all cells in column have either a zero or a number... I can get the sum of and the average of that column but I can't get a true average because it wants to include the cells with zeros.... Anyone????

Solved by Z. J. in 12 mins

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Excelchat Expert
10/09/2018 - 08:34

Welcome to ExcelChat!

Excelchat Expert
10/09/2018 - 08:34

I see that your problem is about averaging the results and zero values

Excelchat Expert
10/09/2018 - 08:34

I will help you to solve the problem and explain how it works later

Excelchat Expert
10/09/2018 - 08:35

As I understood your problem, you want to avoid including zeros in the average calculations, is that right?

User
10/09/2018 - 08:36

Yes

User
10/09/2018 - 08:36

I just did a ssmall sample

Excelchat Expert
10/09/2018 - 08:36

Great, I will put the solution in A14 in a while

Excelchat Expert
10/09/2018 - 08:37

The solution formula is

Excelchat Expert
10/09/2018 - 08:37

=averageif(A1:A9,"<>0")

Excelchat Expert
10/09/2018 - 08:38

So there is a function in Excel, which allows to include only values which meet certain conditions

Excelchat Expert
10/09/2018 - 08:38

In our case the condition is "not zero", which we described in the formula with the sign of inequality and zero

Excelchat Expert
10/09/2018 - 08:39

So averageif is a pretty simple function - we write the range and then condition, that is it

User
10/09/2018 - 08:39

WOW!!!!! I was so close tring on my own but I only included the greater than sign....:)

User
10/09/2018 - 08:40

Is the comma required after the A9?

Excelchat Expert
10/09/2018 - 08:40

Now you know one more tool on your way to automation

Excelchat Expert
10/09/2018 - 08:40

Yes, it is the separator of the function agruments

Excelchat Expert
10/09/2018 - 08:41

The first argument is our range - A1:A9

Excelchat Expert
10/09/2018 - 08:41

The second our condition

Excelchat Expert
10/09/2018 - 08:41

The condition should be typed in the quotes

User
10/09/2018 - 08:41

I was sooooo close LOL

Excelchat Expert
10/09/2018 - 08:42

Yes, it happens that users know how to make the right logic, but they don't know the right syntax of the function

User
10/09/2018 - 08:42

It's been several years since I used a lot of what I am using in a particular workbook these past three days....

Excelchat Expert
10/09/2018 - 08:42

So now you know it and I am sure you will create great solutions based on it

Excelchat Expert
10/09/2018 - 08:43

Never too late to learn again :)

User
10/09/2018 - 08:44

My workbook is for a tiny sewer plant operation. One already existed from previous employee but with many flaws.... In Feb of this year I got most of those flaws fixed and the whole work looking and functioning well.

Excelchat Expert
10/09/2018 - 08:44

Do you have more questions about the averageif function?

Excelchat Expert
10/09/2018 - 08:45

Well, if you have more Excel problems, feel free to reach us

Excelchat Expert
10/09/2018 - 08:45

It might save you a lot of time

User
10/09/2018 - 08:45

On Friday the facility was inspected by State and we came up with a different system that would better suit our needs.... hence my work.... This was the ONLY solution I was having issues with

User
10/09/2018 - 08:46

THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!

Excelchat Expert
10/09/2018 - 08:46

You are welcome!

Excelchat Expert
10/09/2018 - 08:46

I wish you a great day then! You may end the session and leave a feedback :)

User
10/09/2018 - 08:46

Have a great week

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